I forsook a career in the law for a BA and then an MA in Comparative Literature and French. My PhD thesis (2003) was on Gustave Flaubert's drama and entitled The Uses of Failure. 

My teaching and research interests are in European literature, drama, visual art and culture of the nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. I have a particular interest in place and representation, as well as the ways in which words and images can work together. I began teaching at UEA in 1998 while working on my PhD and also taught at Norwich University of the Arts between 1998 and 2009 where I was part of the course team for the BA in Cultural Studies and the BA in Creative Writing.


At UEA in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing I teach undergraduate modules and supervise dissertations on nineteenth-century European 'theatres of revolt', comedy and the Absurd, fin-de-siècle literature and visual culture (painting and photography - Impressionism, Symbolism, Aestheticism and Decadence), twentieth/twenty-first-century European writing, cultural theory and representations of the city in literature and visual culture. 

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