My research and teaching focus on Victorian literature, with particular emphasis on the relationships between literary culture and media, technologies, and infrastructures of communication. I'm a recognised expert on the writings of Thomas Hardy and the editor of the Thomas Hardy Journal and Hardy Society Journal.
Location: Room 303, New Arts Building, College Road, Bangor University, LL57 2DG
I welcome PhD proposals in the following subject areas: Victorian literature and culture; Neo-Victorian literature; letters in literature and epistolary writing; media, networks, and technologies of communication in literature; infrastructure and literature; the life and work of Thomas Hardy.
My research focuses on the role and representation of communication media and technologies – especially letters, telegrams, and the postal service – in Victorian and early-twentieth-century writing. I have further research interests in the cultural history of sexual knowledge, in literary constructions of privacy from the Romantic period to the present, and in contemporary responses to and reinventions of the Victorian period. I would be pleased to supervise postgraduate research related to any of these subjects.
I hold an MA (Hons) in English and French (2011) and a PhD in Victorian Literature (2015) from the University of St Andrews. I joined Bangor University in 2016 as a lecturer in nineteenth-century British literature.
My first monograph, Thomas Hardy and Victorian Communication, was published by Palgrave in 2016. Expanding upon my doctoral work with original material on Hardy’s short stories and poems, the book encompasses such themes as the nineteenth-century shift from oral tradition to written culture; the tensions inherent in Victorian conceptions of privacy; and the broader significance of the letter as a literary device.
More information here: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319291017
Related research on epistolary elements of novels and stories by Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, and Anthony Trollope has been published in Brontë Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture and Victorian Review, as well as in several edited collections.
I am also interested in the ways in which the plots and narrative form of literary texts refract changing attitudes toward sexual knowledge during the Victorian period. An article related to this topic is forthcoming in English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. My essay about the significance of handwriting in Victorian fiction, periodicals, and graphology manuals has appeared in an edited collection about Judgement in the Victorian Age.
My new monograph project explores the connections and resonances between poems and letters, poetry and the post, and poets and postmen in nineteenth-century life and literature.
I convene the following modules:
QXE-1014: The Gothic in Literature/Film
QXE-2005: Victorian Literature
QXE-3109: Victorian Networks
QXE-3110: Neo-Victorian Fiction
QXE-4042: Revolution and Modernity, 1790-1930
I also contribute to: QXE-1004 The Literature of Laughter, QXE-1013 Reading, Thinking, Writing, QXE-1015 Landmarks in Literature, QXE-1016 Children's Fiction, QXE-2020 The Romantic Period in Britain, QXE-2019 Contemporary Literatures, QXE-4050 Material Texts and Editing.
I have supervised undergraduate and MA dissertations on Victorian literature, and would welcome PhD proposals in the following subject areas: Victorian literature and culture; Neo-Victorian literature; letters in literature and epistolary writing; media, networks, and technologies of communication in literature; infrastructure and literature; the life and work of Thomas Hardy.