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Research interests

My research is inherently interdisciplinary and collaborative. I explore ideas of embodiment and subjectivity through considering the interrelations and intersections between literature, culture (especially film), philosophy, medicine, and science. James Joyce and the Phenomenology of Film, my first monograph, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. I am now working on a new monograph, provisionally entitled James Joyce and Non-Normative Vision

Prior to joining Bristol in September 2018, I worked at the University of Oxford in the role of Knowledge Exchange Facilitator. I maintain a deep interest in, and enthusiasm for, knowledge exchange and impact-focused activities. In 2020, I was made an Honorary Research Associate at the Science Musuem, London. I will utilise the Museum's collections and participate in engagement activties relating to my research project, Colour Blindness in Literary and Cultural History, c. 1860-1940.

I am actively involved in the modernist studies community, nationally and internationally. I am membership secretary for the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) and a co-editor for Modernist Cultures journal.

At Bristol, I am on the steering committee for the Centre for Health, Humanities and Science, I lead the the Senses Cluster (a mutlidisciplinary network of academics and practitioners interested in sensing, the senses, and the sensory), and have recently secured funding for a collaborative project on Baby Loss and Grief. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of these topics.



I would be happy to hear from postgraduate students wishing to pursue research in any of my areas of interest: James Joyce; the relationship between literature and early film; literary modernism and medicine; literature and phenomenology; literature and the senses; literature and embodiment; literature and maternity.


External positions

Honorary Research Associate, Science Museum, London

Jan 2020 → …

Co-Editor, Modernist Cultures

Oct 2019 → …

Exec. Committee Member, British Association for Modernist Studies

Jan 2019 → …

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Centre for Humanities Health and Science


  • James Joyce
  • Modernism
  • 20th Century Literature
  • Phenomenology
  • Medical Humanities
  • Early Film


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