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Personal profile

Biography

I am a CHASE DTP AHRC-funded postgraduate researcher within the School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing.

I am writing a PhD thesis on the creative, critical, and educational work of Malcolm Bradbury, Lorna Sage, David Lodge and the literary journal Critical Quarterly, founded by C. B. Cox and A. E. Dyson in 1959. Alongside their university careers, these figures engaged variously with television, public-facing magazines, and secondary schools in an attempt to cultivate a plural and democratic literary culture. By foregrounding these figures, I hope to provide an alternative to previous Oxbridge-centred histories of the discipline, and in doing so bring to light a new narrative of postwar literary culture.

Key Research Interests

My research interests include

  • postwar British fiction, in particular the campus novel
  • the fiction and criticism of Malcolm Bradbury
  • contemporary British fiction
  • the comic novel, humour, and the joke
  • literary criticism and its history
  • the history of university English studies, in particular Creative Writing
  • F. R. Leavis and ideas about 'high' culture
  • journalism, book reviews, and the reading public
  • Raymond Williams and the long revolution
  • adult education, literacy, and the Workers' Education Association
  • literary archives
  • M. R. James, the ghost story, and non-mimetic writing

External Activities

  • I work as a freelance journalist and have reviewed books for the Times Literary Supplement, Tribune, and The Spectator
  • In 2022, I acted as judge for the Fiction category of the East Anglian Book Awards.
  • In August 2022 I was appointed Editorial Assistant at English: Journal of the English Association as part of a CHASE-funded placement.
  • In October 2022 I began a 6-month placement at UEA's British Archive for Contemporary Writing.
  • I have peer-reviewed manuscripts for the journal Brief Encounters.

Teaching Interests

  • I teach on the first year undergraduate module Reading Now.
  • In January 2022 I will be teaching a short course on 'M. R. James in East Anglia' for the Norwich W. E. A.