I graduated from Staffordshire University in 2011 with first class honours in English literature and Media Studies. I then went on to begin my PhD at Keele University in 2012.
I was attracted to Keele University because of the opportunity to be supervised by Professor Joe Andrew and Dr Elizabeth Poole. I took several research training modules during the early part of my PhD and found them all exceptionally helpful and stimulating and have continued to be impressed by the facilities and support provided by the University.
My PhD thesis focuses on film and television adaptations of Dickens’s novels: Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Bleak House and A Tale of Two Cities, in order to investigate the various ways that Dickens and his work have been re-packaged, recycled, re-formulated and continually represented in popular culture. My research interests include adaptation, film aesthetics, discussions of taste, kitsch and representation.
Research and scholarship
I look to question the ‘many faces of Dickens’ and how the media has shaped how Dickens is used in popular culture. Dickens and his works are used and signposted in so many ways that even those who are not acquainted with Dickens’s work first-hand, may still often feel familiar with the author and his texts. My research project focuses on the cultural importance and value of film and television adaptations of Dickens’s novels whilst exploring hierarchical taste distinctions between film adaptation and literature. My thesis offers a textual analysis of film and television adaptations of Dickens’s novels: Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Bleak House and A Tale of Two Cities, while considering their abilities to reach new audiences in new ways.
Supervisors: Professor Joe Andrew and Dr Elizabeth Poole
At Keele University I teach on the MCC core module on ‘Mediated World’ with Dr Lydia Martens. I also work with Cheshire East Council and ‘The Virtual School’ to support disadvantaged students and children in care in their education.
Furthermore, I also work as a Senior Account Manager for Hideaway Media and Time Lapse Systems.
I was also recently appointed the peer review liaison officer for the ‘Under Construction’ journal at Keele University, which is published quarterly.
I am a member of the British Association of Victorian Studies, the North American Victorian Studies Association, the Adaptation Studies Association and the Victorian Popular Fiction Association amongst others.
Publications and presentations
- September 2016. The 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies. St Anne’s College, Oxford. Re-writing the Victorians for popular appeal. The Muppet Christmas Carol and notions of taste.
- BAVS 2016: Cardiff, Cardiff University.Victorian Afterlives and the Consumption Of The Victorians through Adaptation. Re-writing Dickens for popular appeal notions of taste and The Muppets. South Atlantic Modern Language Association: Jacksonville, Florida: USA. Re-writing Dickens for new audiences. The Muppets and re-using the Victorians for changing tastes.
- Andrew Davies: The Screenwriter as Adaptor Conference: De Montford University, Leicester. Paper: Andrew Davies’ Bleak House and the re-articulation of Englishness. The role of the adaptor in the construction of national identity. Keele Humanities Research Symposium. Adaptations of A Christmas Carol: popular appeal and considerations of taste
- British Association of Victorian Studies Conference August 2015. Adapting to the ages: popular appeal, audiences and adaptations of A Christmas Carol.
- January 2013 Keele University Postgraduate Research Symposium. In what ways can literature be used as historical narrative? With a particular reference to Charles Dickens’s novel: Hard Times.
- June 2013 Keele University Postgraduate Research Symposium. The politics of: A Tale of Two Cities- social commentary or a call to action? Film Studies Research seminar: April 2015
- Melodrama and social realism: an analysis of aesthetics in A Tale of Two Cities. Keele Humanities Research Symposium Adaptations of A Christmas Carol: popular appeal and considerations of taste.