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Biography

Education

I studied for a BA (Hons) in English at the University of Lancaster (1st class), followed by an MA in Critical Theory and DPhil in English Literature at the University of Sussex. My doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Geoffrey Bennington, is entitled ‘Bordering the Aesthetic: Oscar Wilde and the discourses of literary modernity'.

Career

Between 1996 and 2003 I taught at the Universities of Sussex, Chichester and Winchester, joining the University of Huddersfield in 2003. I have been Head of English and Creative Writing since 2005. I have been a member of the external validation panels for undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at the Universities of Worcester and Central Lancashire and at Edge Hill and York St John Universities. I was external examiner for BA (Hons) English and BA (Hons) English with American Literature at the University of Winchester from 2015-17. In 2017 I was external examiner at the University of Portsmouth for a PhD on Arthur Conan Doyle, Fandom and the Strand Magazine.

Research Expertise and Interests

My research expertise is primarily in Victorian and Edwardian literature, with significant interests also in critical and cultural theory. My current research projects include work on literature and magic, Robert Louis Stevenson's travel narratives, detective fiction and the cultural history of deception.

 

Research Degree Supervision

I have supervised postgraduate research on Edmund Yates and Victorian sensation fiction, sadomasochism in the gothic fiction of Richard Marsh, Victorian ghost stories, and science and motherhood in the writings of Charlotte Haldane. I have also co-supervised a number of Creative Writing PhDs and MAs by Research.

 

External positions

PhD external examiner, University of Portsmouth

Dec 2017

External panel member for periodic subject review of BA (Hons) & MA programmes in English, York St John University

May 2017

External research consultant to Cottingley Fairies research project, Chiba University of Technology

2017 → …

External panel member for periodic subject review and revalidation of BA (Hons) & MA programmes in English, Edge Hill University

Dec 2015

External examiner of BA (Hons) & MA programmes in English, University of Winchester

20132017

External panel member for periodic subject review & revalidation of BA (Hons) & MA programmes in English, University of Central Lancashire

May 2011

External panel member for periodic subject review and revalidation of BA (Hons) & MA programmes in English, University of Worcester

Mar 2007

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Victorian Literature
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Gothic
  • Detective fiction
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Masculinities
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Erskine Childers
  • Imperial Romance
  • Rider Haggard
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Hoax
  • Literature
  • English Literature
  • Chesterton
  • Edwardian fiction
  • Victorian fiction
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Popular Fiction
  • Spy Thriller
  • material culture
  • thing theory
  • Actor-Network Theory
  • Frankfurt School
  • Deconstruction
  • Gender
  • Spiritualism
  • magic
  • Bronte
  • Scientific Romance
  • Ghost story

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