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Academic Background

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.

Biography

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.

Education/Academic qualification

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