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Overview

I completed my BA in English Literature at Cambridge University, and my MSt in English (1780-1900) at Oxford University. My PhD was awarded in April 2021. Titled ‘The Lives of Charles Dickens: A Metabiography 1870–present’, my AHRC-funded thesis investigates the origins and development of Dickens biographies. It was co-supervised by Professor Holly Furneaux at Cardiff University, and Professor Daisy Hay at the University of Exeter.


My essay 'Restless Dickens: A Victorian Life in Motion, 1872-1927' won the Journal of Victorian Culture Graduate Essay Prize in 2019. During that year I was also co-organiser of Dickens Day, the UK's leading annual Dickens studies conference, with the theme of 'Dickens and Bodies'. For the 150th anniversary of Dickens's death on 9 June 2020, I was part of a BBC Radio 3 panel exploring Dickens's legacy for the programme 'Free Thinking'.


My research has been enriched by two AHRC-funded placements working with the major Dickens collections at the Huntington Library and the Charles Dickens Museum. I provided curatorial research towards the Dickens Museum’s winter exhibition 2018-19. From November 2019 to March 2020 I was on an AHRC-funded placement with the research team at the National Trust, exploring the intersections between life-writing, literary celebrity, material culture and the heritage industry as embedded in individual Trust properties and collections.

Research

Research interests

My thesis investigates the genesis and evolution of Charles Dickens biographies, in the 150 years from his death in 1870 until 2020. My wider research interests include theories of the archive, the history of the book, Victorian material and visual culture, late Victorian into modern (and postmodern), the history of sexuality, and the writings of Charlotte Brontë and Henry James.

Teaching

In July 2019 I gained Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) status, with a distinction on my portfolio. I have acted as seminar tutor on the following undergraduate modules:



  • 'Authoring the Self: Romantics and Victorians' - Autumn 2017

  • 'Star Cross'd Lovers: The Politics of Desire' - Spring 2018 and Autumn 2018

  • 'Ways of Reading' (an introduction to critical theory) - Spring 2019, Spring 2021

Thesis

The Lives of Charles Dickens: A Metabiography 1870-present

My thesis investigates the genesis and evolution of Charles Dickens biographies, 1870-present.

Funding source

AHRC, via the SWW DTP

Supervisors

Publications

2020

2019