My doctoral thesis—for which I held the Bonamy Dobrée Award at the University of Leeds from 2008-2011—considers the unsettling and unsettled portrayal of textual influence in the work of contemporary British author Alan Hollinghurst. Through this, it portrays the vitality and productive capacity of literary influences by reading them as necessarily, yet counterintuitively, rooted in the visual rather than in the textual. A chapter of this work is forthcoming in Textual Practice and a book proposal based upon this work is currently under consideration.
My wider research focuses on themes of modernism and mass culture in literature across the twentieth-century. I have published on authors including T.S. Eliot, Bram Stoker, Evelyn Waugh, Alan Hollinghurst, Henry James, Willa Cather, and E.M. Forster, and my work on language in The Waste Land was selected by J.P. Riquelme for his recent volume on the collected works of T.S. Eliot. I work across a number of significant divides: from late-Victorian to contemporary; from British to American; from deeply theoretical to acutely textual.
My present research project builds, in many ways, upon the ideas circulating in my recent work to consider the affective value of via negativia, the theology of absence-as-presence, in twentieth-century Anglo-American literature and culture. I am currently preparing several pieces of writing for publication, and beginning work on a digital humanities project.