old philI received my AHRC-funded PhD in July 2019. At present, I have a monograph under review with Palgrave Macmillan, and am inputted edits to a journal article for Poetics Today, Duke University Press.

From 2013-14, I worked as a research assistant for AHRC-funded project Writing the North.

My PhD, entitled The Author’s Place: A Study of the Evocation of Place and Space in the Oeuvre of Philip Larkin predominantly explored Larkin’s stylistic debt to place-writers of the 18th and 19th centuries, with noted focus on the travel writing of Charles Baudelaire and the Romantics. It also explored Larkin’s interest in place as a literary topos, in the genius loci generally, and in the political implications of spatial containment as exposed in the works of Bachelard, Blanchot and Foucault.

More broadly, my research interests can be summarised as follows:

  • Contemporary Poetics
  • Poetry of the Movement period
  • Space and Place in Poetry
  • Ecocriticism
  • Confessional Poetry and Fiction
  • Travel in Literature
  • The Aesthetics of Mapping
  • The Country House Poem
  • Romanticism


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