I am a Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol and a researcher specialising in Victorian literature and culture, the history of science, medicine, and technology, the relationship between folklore and science, and the Gothic from the eighteenth century to the present day. I have a particular interest in Victorian regional literatures, the history of oceanic studies, and the works of Ann Radcliffe, Wilkie Collins, Shirley Jackson, and Helen Oyeyemi.
My PhD was awarded in 2019 and is entitled 'Corpses, Coasts, and Carriages: Cornish Gothic, 1840-1913'. It is an interdisciplinary study of representations of Gothic Cornwall in novels, plays, poetry, periodicals, scientific treatise, newspapers, travel narratives, folklore collections, and travel guides throughout the long nineteenth century in response to contemporary cultural changes both within and without the county. It was supervised by Professor Nick Groom (Exeter) and Professor William Hughes (Bath Spa) and fully funded by the South, West, and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. It was additionally supported by the Cornwall Heritage Trust and the Q Fund.
I am in the process of developing my thesis for a monograph entitled Cornish Gothic which will build from my thesis research to define a Cornish Gothic genre in relation to existing Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and regional Gothic literatures. It will expand from my current time frame to consider early twentieth-century works by E. F. Benson.
My wider postdoctoral research plans involve a study of the sea as a health environment in the long nineteenth century, in literature and culture. This would involve a meeting of the fields of the medical humanities and the environmental/blue humanities to explore the relationship between health and the sea. This will include an analysis of shipboard medical treatment; illness and malady while travelling at sea (with a focus on seasickness and its cures); coastal health tourism and thalassotherapy; and the health of the sea itself, considering embryonic ideas of oceanic pollution.
I am formerly an Oxford Dictionary of National Biography / Oxford Centre for Life Writing Scholar and Visiting Doctoral Fellowship holder at Wolfson College, Oxford for 2018 - 2019, a postgraduate representative for the University of Exeter's Centre for Victorian Studies, an organiser of the British Society for Literature and Science Winter Symposium 2018 at Cardiff University, and a recipient of the Cornwall Heritage Trust bursary and the Tom Jarman scholarship at Gladstone's Library.
‘Surfacing: Cornish Women Rising from the Depths’, Question: Essays and Art from the Humanities, 1.1 (2017), pp. 36-45
‘Gothic Landscapes and Seascapes: Dark Regions in Wilkie Collins’s The Dead Secret‘, Studies in Gothic Fiction, 5.2 (2016), pp. 21-30
‘The Aesthetics of the Auditory: Sound and Silence in the Novels of Ann Radcliffe’, Horror Studies, 7.2 (2016), pp. 189-204
‘Dark Tourism’, The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic, ed. Clive Bloom (London: Palgrave, 2020), pp. 49-62
‘E.F. Benson’, Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, ed. Kevin Morrison (North Carolina: McFarland, 2018)
‘Sabine Baring-Gould’, Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, ed. Kevin Morrison (North Carolina: McFarland, 2018)
‘“Imagined ghosts on unfrequented roads”: Cornish Gothic Tourism in the Nineteenth Century’, Virtual Dark Tourism, ed. Kathryn McDaniel (London: Palgrave, 2018), pp. 41-62
‘Sea-wolves, Seascapes, and Smugglers: Captain Cruel Coppinger and Criminality in Cornwall’, Pirates in History and Popular Culture, ed. Antonio Sanna (North Carolina: McFarland, 2018), pp. 75-87
Cornish Gothic (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, TBC)
‘Ann Radcliffe’, The Gothic Handbook: Vol III, ed. Clive Bloom (London: Palgrave, 2022)
Special issue of Revenant on ‘The Subterranean Gothic’, co-edited with Daisy Butcher and Sherezade García Rangel (Summer 2021)
‘Haunted by Flotsam and Jetsam: Folkloric Representations of Oceanic Pollution on the British Coast’, Interrogating Folklore and the Literary Fairy-tale in the Anthropocene ed. Anita Harris Satkunananthan (London: Lexington Books, 2021)
‘Sabine Baring-Gould’, The Gothic Handbook: The Steam Age, ed. Clive Bloom (London: Palgrave, 2021)
‘Review of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia’, Gothic Nature Blog (September 2020)
‘Vomiting Victorian Vacationers: Motion Sickness and the Embodied Traveller in the Nineteenth-Century Imagination’ abstract accepted by Bronte Studies as of July 2020
‘Review of Shirley Jackson’s American Gothic by Darryl Hattenhauer’, Women’s Studies (TBC)
‘Review of Shirley Jackson and Domesticity: Beyond the Haunted House, ed. Jill E. Anderson and Melanie R. Anderson’, Studies in Gothic Fiction (TBC)
‘Review of The Forest and the Ecogothic by Elizabeth Parker’, Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies (TBC)
‘Review of Gothic Animals, ed. Ruth Heholt and Melissa Edmundson’, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (TBC)
A delightful place to be buried in”: The Representation of Cornwall in Thomas Hardy’s A Pair of Blue Eyes’ with Nineteenth-Century Literature as of May 2020
‘“To look at it was enough to give one a tooth-ache”: Tennyson and Arthurian Tourism in Nineteenth-Century Cornwall’ with Victorian Poetry as of May 2020