Biography

I began teaching at UEA in 1998, while working on an AHRC-funded PhD (awarded in 2003) on Gustave Flaubert's drama and nineteenth-century theatrical culture entitled The Uses of Failure.  From 1998 to 2009, I also taught at Norwich University of the Arts where I was part of the course team for the BA in Cultural Studies and the BA in Creative Writing. I have been a Lecturer in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing since 2009.

My BA (1995) and MA (1997) degrees were in Comparative Literature and French. Before taking my first degree, I spent a number of years working in the legal profession, joining a law office straight out of school and essentially making myself useful, gaining experience of different departments and working environments in the UK and France. Eventually I concluded the law was not for me and embarked on an academic career. I have also worked as a bookseller and maintain an ongoing involvement as a performer in a number of theatre companies and projects.  

My teaching and research interests are interdisciplinary. I work across 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.  

At UEA in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing I teach a range of undergraduate modules and supervise dissertations on representations of the city in literature and visual culture, nineteenth-century European theatre, 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 and cultural theory.

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