Teaching Interests

Teaching and Research Supervision:

I’ve taught and convened at all year levels, including a number of years leading our largest undergraduate core module, and have substantial experience supervising undergraduate and MA dissertations in literature, philosophy, and art history.

My research-led teaching has included: The Art of Emotion: Literature, Writing, Feeling (final year); Fiction ‘after’ Modernism?: Re-reading the 20th Century (MA); Minor Literatures: Resistance, Radicalisation and Reading (final year, co-taught with my colleague Dr Jacob Huntley); The Short Story (second year); War Lives: Writing Britain in WWII (second year), Traumaturgies: Reading and Writing Trauma Across Contexts (third year). 

I have examined more than 13 PhDs for upgrade or probation and acted as internal examiner for one viva. I’ve supervised eight PhDs to completion (five AHRC/CHASE funded). My students work in areas related to emotion and/or feminism, and work either on critical PhDs or I supervise the critical component of their PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. Projects include:

  • transmission technologies in the late 1960s fiction of Coover, Pynchon, Brophy and Kavan (A. Meric-Cleaver, current)
  • bodies, meat and the feminine (M. Pearson, current)
  • post-9/11 material affect (E. Page, current)
  • militant suffragettes and imperial narratives: novel and critical study (F. Sinclair, current)
  • compassion, contemporary literature and healthcare ethics (E. Vince, current)
  • twenty-first-century feminist short stories: short story collection and critical thesis (M. Appleton, current)
  • gendered island imaginaries: novel and critical thesis (Dr D. Redd, completed)
  • trauma and identity in South East Asian Literature: novel and critical thesis (Dr S. Tao, completed)
  • Buddhism, trauma and pedagogy in contemporary performance art: practise-based PhD (Dr P. Clarke, completed)
  • critically neglected twentieth century women writers including:
  • Betty Miller (Dr L. Felgett, completed)
  • AL Barker (Dr K. Jones, completed)
  • Ann Quin (Dr N. Williams, completed)
  • Elizabeth Taylor (Dr D. Freeborne, completed)


If you are a prospective PhD student interested in working with me please check my research interests, and the kinds of work I have supervised here. Do get in touch if you wish to work on theories of affect, feeling and emotion or their related areas, as well as feminist theory and practice, and be sure to tell me which theoretical or critical work is shaping your project ideas. I tend to supervise twentieth and twenty-first century literatures but am open to hearing from students working in other periods who would like to engage my theoretical expertise.

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