I am Assistant Professor in English at City University of Hong Kong. My teaching and research interests centre broadly around twentieth-century British literature, addiction and intoxication, sexualities and desire, modernism and mass culture, and narrative theory. My first book, Alan Hollinghurst and the Vitality of Influence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) addresses the notion of visual influence in Hollinghurst’s work, and I am currently at work on a new project that addresses the metaphors of silence and absence in interwar literature and culture. My published work includes articles and book chapters on an array of modern and contemporary authors including Stoker, Cather, Forster, Waugh, James, Eliot, Doctorow, and Hollinghurst.
I was born in Canton, Ohio, USA and did my undergraduate degree in English and Art History at Baldwin-Wallace College, before moving to the UK to begin an MA in Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Leeds. I was then awarded the Bonamy Dobrée Award from Leeds to write my doctoral thesis on the work of Alan Hollinghurst. I am currently PI on two grant-funded research projects, and working on the development of an international collaborative research network that explores issues of addiction and intoxication in Victorian and Modernist writing. Before coming to Hong Kong, I taught at the University of Leeds and the University of London, Birkbeck. During Autumn 2014 I will be visiting Yale University as Marjorie G. Wynne Fellow of British Literature. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the Evernote Higher Education Ambassador.