Projects per year
I'm a scholar of nineteenth-century poetry and poetics. My research looks broadly at the ways that German-language culture permeated, disrupted and changed literary creativity in English. My current project, funded by the British Academy and UEA, is a history of alliteration in the long nineteenth century. It asks how alliteration has become associated with both innovative and conservative strands in poetic history since the nineteenth century: why alliteration has served to protest as well as preserve social norms. It looks into cultural history for answers, examining the ways that alliteration figured in the Elocutionary Movement, Anglo-Saxon purism, medicine, and the reception of germanophone verse.
My PhD research was about the reception of Richard Wagner's operas in Britain and North America — especially the ways that Wagner appealed to decadents, socialists, and Black liberationists. I'm adapting this for publication as a monograph, which will be called Bad Wagnerites: The Music Drama in Poetry, Philosophy and the Visual Arts. Parts of this work have appeared in Textual Practice and MLQ.
Other areas of expertise and interest include: W. E. B. Du Bois, Vernon Lee, W. B. Yeats, translation and postcolonial studies, and critical theory.
I studied Philosophy and English Literature at UEA before taking an MPhil and a PhD in English Studies at the University of Cambridge. In 2019-20, I was a Baden-Württemberg Scholar at Heidelberg University. I've also worked in primary and secondary schools.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
Award Date: 25 May 2022
Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
Award Date: 25 Oct 2017
Bachelor of Arts, University of East Anglia
Award Date: 15 Jun 2015
- 2 Article
There's Something about Murray: Victorian Literary Societies and Alfred Forman's translation of Richard Wagner's 'Der Ring des Nibelungen'Anderson, T., 1 Sep 2021, In: Modern Language Quarterly. 82, 3, p. 281-313 33 p., 1.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review