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My research interests lie in popular fiction (especially romance), genre, women’s writing, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and critical love studies. My work is intersectional and cross-period; I use historical perspectives to think through modern discourses of love, relationships, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. I have published research on contemporary women’s historical fiction, sexualisation and women’s advice literature, medieval and modern literary representations of virginity, and a study of religion, gender, and race in late medieval and twenty-first-century popular Orientalist romance fiction.
My first book, Representing Difference in the Medieval and Modern Orientalist Romance (Palgrave, 2016) is a comparative study of Orientalism in medieval and modern popular romance and compares the representation of erotic relationships across religious and cultural borders in late medieval Orientalist romance (1330-1450) and British and North American post 9/11 romantic fiction. I have recently completed a research article on early twentieth-century Scottish popular fiction and I am developing a new project exploring Arab and Muslim women’s genre fiction.
My current research interest is in cultural masculinity and I am working, at present, on a literary history of the romantic alpha hero. I am interested in the intersection of nation, gender, and race in popular fiction and the anxieties and negotiations inherent in intersectional romance masculinities: the embodied cultural, political, social, and personal boundaries between self and other, familiar and strange, lover and enemy.
I joined the University of Birmingham in August 2018. Prior to this, I taught at Cardiff University, York St John University, Bishop Grosseteste University, the University of York and the University of Edinburgh, where I also worked in academic development.
My doctoral research (completed in 2012) was undertaken at the University of York, where I was jointly supervised between the Centre for Women’s Studies and the Department of English and Related Literature.
- BA (Hons) English and Related Literature (University of York)
- MA (Hons) Women’s Studies (Humanities) (University of York)
- PhD Women’s Studies (University of York)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Edinburgh)
Willingness to take PhD students
I am keen to hear from prospective students interested in researching the following areas:
Popular romance studies, especially projects on diversity
Intersectionality and literature
Women’s writing, especially Muslim women's writing
Cross-period and cross-disciplinary projects
Critical love studies