I am Associate Professor in Victorian Literature and Culture and Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research for Humanities and Social Sciences. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2007, having previously lectured at Cardiff University.
I am an executive committee member of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) and an advisory board member of the journal Victoriographies (EUP).
My research centres on nineteenth-century literature and culture, with a particular focus on food, hunger and practices of consumption.
Together with Joan Fitzpatrick, I am the co-author of A History of Food in Literature from the Fourteenth Century to the Present (Routledge, 2017), a comprehensive critical overview of food and related themes in literary and cultural texts from the medieval period to the twenty-first century. I have also published articles on topics including famine, fasting, taste and spaces of consumption in journals such as Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Poetry, Neo-Victorian Studies and The Yearbook of English Studies. I am currently writing a mongraph on Hunger and Masculinity in Nineteenth-Century Culture.
An additional research interest of mine is the history and culture of celebrity. I was the lead researcher on ‘Celebrity, Citizenship and Status’, an interdisciplinary project that examined the intersections between celebrity and civic cultures in both historical and contemporary contexts. I previously published in this area (together with Páraic Finnerty and Anne-Marie Millim) in Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson’s Circle (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), a co-authored book that emerged out of the HEIF-funded project ‘Tennyson's Celebrity Circle’.
I would welcome proposals from prospective postgraduate research students relating to my research interests.
I currently co-ordinate the Level 6 module ‘Consuming Fictions: Food and Appetite in Victorian Culture’ and teach on the MA Victorian Gothic.
I have previously supervised a variety of MRes projects and PhD projects, including on Black celebrity in the nineteenth century; Julia Margaret Cameron’s photography and the archival imagination; and the ageing female body in Victorian culture.
I am currently supervising PhD projects on Gypsies in the literary and cultural imagination, and Emma Dent, collecting and celebrity.
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