I am currently working under the directorship of Professor Kathryn Sutherland on Jane Austen's Holograph Fiction Manuscripts: A Digital and Print Resource, a major AHRC-funded editorial project being developed in collaboration with the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London. The aim of this project is to make available all of Jane Austen's surviving fictional manuscript writings via an online Virtual Research Environment that will enable comparison of digital images of these manuscripts with html versions of the texts, in which important features such as revisions, spelling variants, and original formatting are reproduced. Texts collected in this resource include all Austen's extant juvenile fictions; her draft of the two closing chapters of Persusasion, and the unfinished novels The Watsons and Sanditon.
Currently teaching on FHS Paper 5.
I should be happy to teach undergraduates on the following papers: Prelims 1 and 3; FHS 1, 3, 4, 5.
"Mrs Radcliffe and Marie de France: Writing the Lives of Women Authors in Gaston de Blondeville (1826)," BSECS 38th Annual Conference. 6-8 January 2009, Oxford.
"The Gothic as Picturesque in Wordsworth's The White Doe of Rylstone," BARS Biennial Conference. 28-31 July 2005, Newcastle.
"Chatterton, Romanticism, and the Eighteenth-Century Gothic Revival," Thomas Chatterton and Western Culture. 6-8 September 2002, Bristol.
Following undergraduate studies at Merton College, Oxford (1997-2000), and postgraduate studies at St John's College, Cambridge (2000-01) and Merton College, Oxford (2001-02), I received my Ph.D in English from Durham University in 2007. My thesis, Representations of Gothic Abbey Architecture in the Works of Four Romantic-Period Authors, explored the use of Gothic abbey settings as an aspect of creative self-fashioning in the works of Ann Radcliffe, William Wordsworth, Walter Scott, and George Gordon, Lord Byron. While I am currently revising this work for possible publication, I am also concerned with finding out how far the arguments developed in it might be extended into consideration of Romantic-period Irish contexts, as well as with how they might inform readings of Victorian authors such as Tennyson and Disraeli.