I have three main areas of interest: Contemporary popular history; the Historical Novel; Literature and culture of the civil war period.
My primary research interest is in contemporary popular history. Consuming History (2008; 2nd ed. 2016) and Remaking History (2015) are both published by Routledge and concern the ways in which contemporary popular culture engages with history. There are chapters on historical film, television (documentary and drama), museums, computer games, re-enactment and novel writing. I discuss writers like Hilary Mantel, David Peace, Thomas Pynchon, Ali Smith, and Sarah Waters. I talk about historical films from 12 Years a Slave to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, to the work of Quentin Tarantino.
I would be happy to supervise on any of these topics, or:
- history and ethics
- games and culture
- film, tv and online culture
- queer history
The Historical Novel (Routledge New Critical Idiom series) was published in 2009. I would happily talk to anyone about any kind of work in this area.
My monograph, Royalist Identities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), considered the legal, social and cultural pressures attendant upon supporters of the king during the 1640s.
I would be happy to supervise in the following areas:
- The court, 1642-60
- Restoration politics
- John Milton
- Translation, 1630-80
- Prison Writing
- Premodern sexuality
- Early modern pedagogy and gender
- Royalist women's autobiography.