Originally from the United States, I have studied and worked in three countries (the US, Canada, and the UK). I came to England in 2009 to pursue my doctoral studies at King’s College London and have remained ever since. My monograph, Arthur O’Shaughnessy, a Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum was published by Routledge in March of 2016. This work considered the intersections between nineteenth-century science and poetry in the writings of O’Shaughnessy and the wider impact of interdisciplinary exchanges on the Pre-Raphaelite literary circle. I am interested in Victorian poetry, literature and science, the New Woman and women’s writings of the fin de siècle, and Gothic fiction.
Research and scholarship
My first monograph, Arthur O’Shaughnessy: A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum (Routledge, 2016), explored O’Shaughnessy’s contributions to the Victorian medieval revival, Pre-Raphaelitism, decadence, and aestheticism. O’Shaughnessy’s work as a taxonomist in the British Museum is foregrounded in this study to suggest new ways of thinking about the relationship between science and literature during this period, through the lens of a technician rather than a theoretician.
I have recently published on blindness and poetry, considering the ways in which blind poets can participate within image-driven modes of poetic expression, such as the nineteenth-century lyric. I have also published on the figure of the New Woman in 1890s Gothic fiction.
I am currently pursuing a project that focuses on the British Museum more broadly, considering the ways in which the changes occurring within the institution reflect changing perceptions of the relationship between modernity and the past, between the arts and the sciences, and between the real and the fictional.
Telling tales: An Introduction to Narrative Fiction
Freedom and Death: Female self-murder in the Nineteenth Century
Canon, Anti-Canon, Contexts
Reflective Practice in the Humanities
I am happy to supervise PhD research in the following areas:
New Woman fiction
Gender and sexuality in 19th-century fiction
Literature and Science
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Arthur O'Shaughnessy, A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum. Routledge.2016.