My first degree was in English from the University of Sussex. I went on to do an MA in English with the OU which was awarded with distinction in 2014, followed by an AHRC-funded PhD which was awarded in 2018. I have a background in policy planning at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and have also worked as a secondary English teacher.
I am interested in the intersections between Victorian literature, psychology and health. My PhD examined the cultural mythology around the psychiatric idea of 'monomania'. I am currently working on connections between the nineteenth-century novel, the environment and psychology.
In press: 'Desperate Housewives: Dinah Mulock Craik's 'The Double House' in Fiction and 'The Woman Question' from 1850 to 1930 ed. by Nicola Darwood, Bob Owens and Alexis Weedon (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020)
''A New and Fierce Disorder's Raging': Monomania in Mary Barton (1848)', Journal of Victorian Culture, published 17 Feb 2019 https://doi.org/10.1093/jvcult/vcy072
Review of Suzanne Keen's Thomas Hardy's Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy's Imagination, The British Society for Literature and Science, accessible here:https://www.bsls.ac.uk/reviews/romantic-and-victorian/suzanne-keen-thomas-hardys-brains-psychology-neurology-and-hardys-imagination/
I also write regularly for the popular magazine, Emag, for teachers and students of Advanced level English. See:
'Fog, smog, ecocriticism and late-Victorian Gothic', Emag, 85:2019, 14-17
'Porphyria's Lover: a close analysis', Emag, 63:2014, 43-45
'Frankenstein: The Eloquence of the Creature Made Real', Emag, 52:2011, 60-63
‘A New and Fierce Disorder’s Raging’: Monomania in Mary Barton (1848) (2019-10)
Journal of Victorian Culture, 24(4) (pp. 492-506)