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I began my academic career as a literary scholar before moving into history in 2013. I received my PhD in literature, drama and creative writing in 2012 at UEA, working on genre, postmodernism, and literary theory. I completed UEA's now defunct Studies in Fiction MA in 2008, and my disseration was on Gothic fiction, Shirley Jackson, and the postmodern and I retain interests in these areas as well as early modern fictional representations of alchemy.
I teach largely on Victorian Britain and visual representations of history. My main historical interests lie in the creation of historical narratives and historical theory, Victorian popular entertainment, and sex and gender in the Victorian period more broadly. I would be happy to supervise disserations on any of these and connected topics. My interests and teaching approaches are intensely interdisciplinary.
A version of my PhD thesis was recently comissioned as a book for Gylphi Limited as Metafiction and Narrative Worlds in Science Fiction. Though I mostly work in history these days, I remain with a foot firmly in each discipline, and future research projects include shorter work on Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, and the Star Trek reboot and world-building. My next book-length project ties together both disciplines and will be a study of female-authored, female-centred time travel narratives that work as 'alternate histories'.
In addition to my teaching in history, I also occasionally moonlight in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA on various modules relevant to my research interests.
I currently manage the academic journal European History Quarterly, which runs out of UEA.
I was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2019.
I am also part of the School of History's Athena Swan SAT Committee.
My key research interests, in both history and literature, have to do with the interaction between narrative and the world. I am fascinated by the use of language and imagery to create worlds (whether fictional or historical), and see this as essential to our writing of history. I am also interested, broadly, in the arcane and the offbeat, particuarly where it intersects with these questions of world and narrative creation.
Specifically, my research interests are:
History: late Victorian Britain, the Victorian music hall and theatre, Victorian sex and sexuality, the Victorian asylum, penny dreadfuls/penny bloods/etc.; women in Victorian society and more broadly; feminism; historical theory (especially postmodernism); film and history; and medical humanities
Literature: genre (science fiction, fantasy, the gothic, the romance), literary theory, metafictionality, postmodernism; narratology; reader-response theory; world building; possible worlds theory; the representation of alchemy and related subjects in early modern fiction; film and literature
I have taught across a wide variety of modules related to my research interests:
HIS-4003A - Introduction to Modern History
HIS-4005B - The Holocaust in History (defunct)
HIS-4006B - The Age of Extremes
HIS-4007B - Visual(ising) History
HIS-4008B - History, Controversy and Debate
HIS-5012A - Victorian Britain
HIS-5055B - Women, Power and Politics II
HIS-6026A - Victorian Underworlds
HIS-6070Y - We are Not Amused
HIS-7024Y - Historical Research Skills: Demystifying Academic Publishing
HIS-7025Y - Specialist Tutorials: Women, Fiction, and (Re)Writing History
LDCL-4008A - Literature in History I
LDCL-6116/17B - New Worlds: Science Fiction and Beyond
Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia
Award Date: 19 Jul 2012
Master of Arts, University of East Anglia
Award Date: 17 Jul 2008
Bachelor of Arts, Radford University
Award Date: 16 Dec 2005
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article