I am Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Surrey. My teaching and research interests centre broadly around twentieth-century British literature, Western esotericism, sexualities and desire, modernism and mass culture, and narrative theory. My first book, Alan Hollinghurst and the Vitality of Influence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) addresses the notion of visual influence in Hollinghurst’s work, and I am currently at work on a new project that addresses the metaphors of silence and absence in interwar literature and culture. My published work includes articles and book chapters on an array of modern and contemporary authors including Stoker, Shaw, Cather, Forster, Woolf, Waugh, James, Eliot, Doctorow, and Hollinghurst.
I was born in Canton, Ohio, USA and did my undergraduate degree in English and Art History at Baldwin-Wallace College, before moving to the UK to begin an MA in Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Leeds. I was then awarded the Bonamy Dobrée Award from Leeds to write my doctoral thesis on the work of Alan Hollinghurst. Before coming to Surrey, I taught at City University of Hong Kong, the University of Leeds, and the University of London, Birkbeck. During Autumn 2014 I was Marjorie G. Wynne Fellow of British Literature at Yale University. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Associate Editor of Correspondences journal, and Director of the Magic, Language, and Society project.