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My work covers both Romantic and Victorian period writing, and I have published on poetry, fiction and non-fiction. My recently completed monograph (provisionally titled Living with the Dead: the Authority of the Past in British Culture, 1789-1843) examines how Romantic and Victorian writers positioned the dead in relation to both self and society. It contains chapters on Wordsworth, Dickens, Godwin and Carlyle, among others. Current research interests include representations of vagrancy, tramping and walking in Victorian literature and culture; the construction and circulation of Victorian ideas about masculinity; Victorian nature writing and the edgelands surrounding cities; Victorian literary clubs and societies; and nineteenth-century novels that resist easy generic classification.