Biography

I grew up in London and did my BA, MPhil, and DPhil at Oxford, with a year out as a Kennedy Memorial Scholar at Harvard. After my DPhil on Nabokov and Play, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, and then a Leverhulme Post-Doctoral Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, before joining UEA as a lecturer in 2011.

My research and teaching interests span modernist and post-1945 writers in Britain, Europe, and America: Nabokov, especially, but also major high modernists such as Auden, Joyce, and Woolf, and later writers such as Borges, Calvino, Updike, Barthelme, Welty, and Lorrie Moore. Broadly speaking, I’m drawn to the playful, or nonsense, dimensions of modern writing, and to the styles and themes related to them. I also have research interests in various theoretical issues arising from modernism, as described in my research tab. I’d be pleased to hear from prospective graduate students in any of these fields.

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