The art of changes: bell-ringing, anagrams, and the culture of combination in seventeenth-century England
I work on the literary, material, and aural cultures of early modern Britain. My current book project investigates post-Reformation senses of materiality, through an account of bells and their temporalities in seventeenth-century English literature. I have published on early modern literature’s entanglement with numbers, sounds, and material culture, the latter drawing on my previous curatorial work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, and Tate. I am an editor, with Antonia Moon, of Thomas Browne’s mostly unpublished notebooks for the new edition of his complete works, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
At Oxford I teach across the period 1550-1760, as well as close reading classes which cover the whole sweep of literatures in English.