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Research interests

I specialise in European poetry of the post-war period, with a particular interest in comparative approaches to the study of nature, space, science and landscape, and in theories of planetarity and world-ecology in poetry. I joined the University of Bristol in 2020 and have previously taught at QMUL, Oxford and Nottingham. I studied at the Universities of Edinburgh and Nottingham and the Freie Universität, Berlin. 

My current research project examines representations of extra-terrestrial space in twentieth century poetry, and previously I have worked on landscape, (terrestrial) space and place in the work of various post-war poets including Paul Celan, Ernst Jandl, Derek Mahon, J. H. Prynne and Sarah Kirsch, as well as on the contemporary German poet Ulrike Almut Sandig.

My most recent article dealt with the 'new nature lyric' in German, and was published by Humanities in 2020. I am currently co-editing, with Caitríona Ní Dhúill, a special issue of Austrian Studies on Austrian literature in the Anthropocene. 

Alongside my research and teaching, I am a member of the organising collective for the Expanding German Studies interactive bibliography, an online resource for teachers of German in higher education which aims to expand and diversify the German studies curriculum.

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