Colleges, School and Institutes
I was an undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral fellow at The University of Birmingham before taking up a lectureship here.
My research interests lie mostly in literary and visual modernism – experimental writing and art produced in the period between the two World Wars. My forthcoming book, Insane Acquaintances, charts the ways in which modernism in Britain helped shape public taste in a variety of ways: through exhibitions, the teaching of art in schools, interior design and travelling collections. I also work on art writing more broadly – I’ve published articles on figures such as Vernon Lee, Walter Pater and Adrian Stokes, and I’m currently working on a book project on English Art Writing on Italian Art in the years 1850-1935.
Willingness to take PhD students
I supervise students who work in my period of research expertise. These have included projects on Wilkie Collins and Medicine, on Egyptology in late nineteenth century culture, on the Birmingham Group of writers in the 1930s, and a number of other projects on modernist fiction. I’d be very interested in receiving PhD proposals from prospective students working across the nineteenth and twentieth century.