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My expertise lies in the fields of nineteenth-century material culture; poetry; metropolitan and the cosmopolitan studies (the local, global and the domestic); thing theory; and women’s writing. Particular strengths are the literature and culture of transport (railways, underground trains, trams and bus); aestheticism and decadence; Victorian modernisms; late nineteenth- and early-twentieth century poetry, and arts and crafts.

Since the publication of my first book, Women's Poetry and Urban Aestheticism: Passengers of Modernity (Palgrave 2005), which was shortlisted for the 2006 ESSE Book Awards on cultural studies, I have published extensively on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century poetry (Michael Field, Amy Levy, Alice Meynell, Graham R. Tomson), poetic drama (Michael Field, Swinburne, T.S. Eliot), women’s writing, visual culture and fashion. In 2006, I co-edited a Special Editors’ Topic Issue on Fin-de-Siècle Literary Culture and Women Poets for the journal Victorian Literature and Culture. I have also co-edited a special issue of the journal 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth-Century on Science, Literature and the Darwin Year (2010).

My scholarly edition of Michael Field, The Poet: Published and Manuscript Materials ( co-written and co-edited with Marion Thain) came out in 2009.  My last published book was Victorian Literature: A Sourcebook (2011; I was co-lead editor with John Plunkett, with co-editors consisting of Regenia Gagnier, Angelique Richardson, Rick Rylance and Paul Young).

I am currently working on a monograph entitled Cosmopolitan Aestheticism: The Aesthete as Intellectual. This project rethinks aestheticism through the lens of the cosmopolitan. It traces aestheticism’s engagement with European art, literature, culture and politics to offer a new genealogy of aestheticism (lasting until the First World War) and redefines it as a movement deeply engaged with other kinds of literary/political practices and literary/political traditions. It will include chapters on Walter Pater, A. Mary F. Robinson, Oscar Wilde, Henry James and Vernon Lee.

Future publications include a special edition of Michael Field’s poetry for the journal  Victorian Poetry (scheduled for Spring 2016).

I supervise doctoral students in nineteenth-century studies, and welcome literary and interdisciplinary applications that match my areas of particular expertise.