As a researcher I want to draw attention to the ways in which reading gives shape to contemporary cultures. My postgraduate research worked out a set of approaches with which to investigate the style of close reading in and around the twentieth-century university. I am currently revising my thesis into a book that will offer one of the first sustained accounts of the cultural influence of close reading from the mid-1920s to the present.
My Leverhulme-funded project, Book Lovers, considers the history of affect in contemporary reading. In pursuing this work, I want to develop a new approach to book history and to the archive that refigures the relationship between reader-response criticism and bibliography in order to explore how the material and textual structures of the book can open up private moments as well as social histories.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford
Between Lines: Close Reading from Practical Criticism to Queer TheoryOct 2010 - Oct 2014
Master of Arts, University of Leeds
MA in American Literature & CultureSep 2008 - Sep 2009
Bachelor of Arts, University of Leeds
BA in English LiteratureSep 2005 - Jul 2008
- PR English literature - Contemporary Literature, History of Reading, Queer Studies, Affect Studies, Digital Humanities, Literary Theory, History of Criticism
- PS American literature - Contemporary Literature, History of Reading, Queer Studies, Affect Studies, Digital Humanities, Literary Theory, History of Criticism