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Biography

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

My research is 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 and Expertise

My research interests include

  • postwar British fiction, in particular the campus novel
  • contemporary British fiction
  • literary criticism and its history
  • the history of university English studies, in particular Creative Writing
  • F. R. Leavis and ideas about high culture