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Overview

I specialise in 20th century American literature, with a particular focus on poetry after 1945, psychoanalysis, feminism, childhood studies and the history of the emotions.

I am currently completing two monographs: Memory in a Cold Climate: American Poetry, Psychoanalysis and Postwar Thought, which focuses on how American poets reimagine structures of memory that resist the dominant strains of memory-making – nostalgic, melancholic, individualist – at the heart of twentieth century thought, to present a new reading of the Cold War period and John Ashbery (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press, Autumn 2021), a biographical-literary study of the late poet's work.

My articles have been published or are forthcoming in ELHGenre, Journal of American Studies, Modernist Cultures, Qui Parle and Textual Practice. My essays and criticism have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Financial Times, Prospect, The White Review and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

I am currently working on two related projects: Lonely Subjects: The Cultural Transformation of Loneliness, 1945-2000, a study of the postwar history of loneliness, which looks at how psychoanalysis, feminism and poetry provide a vocabulary for loneliness's social life: as a positive and galvanising affective state that both emerges from, and is essential to combatting, states of isolation and In Their Time: The Contemporary Novel, Feminism and the Archival Turn, which looks at how the contemporary novel has made use of archival forms at the same moment that critical theory, and feminism in particular, has turned increasing to draw on fiction's imaginative archives.

Biography

I was born and educated in London, and was awarded my PhD from UCL in 2018.  Following the completion of my studies, I taught widely in twentieth-century literature, psychoanalysis, and race, gender and feminist studies at UCL and Queen Mary, University of London. I moved to Cardiff in January 2020 to assume the post of Lecturer.

Teaching

This year I am teaching the second-year modules Modernist Fictions (SE2445) and Object Women in Literature and Film (SE2494). I am convenor of undergraduate Dissertations.

I am broadly interested in emergent ideas in literature, childhood, feminism and psychoanalysis.

My current project, Lonely Subjects, focuses on the new thinking that emerges about loneliness in the postwar period: my argument for this project is that literature and psychoanalysis arrive coevally at an understanding of how vital it is to cultivate states of loneliness to make states of isolation more liveable. Relatedly, my work explores the relationship between literature, feminism and the history of object relations psychoanalysis.