I completed my PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, in 2004 and taught for several years at the University of Westminster before joining Manchester in 2007. In 2011 I spent 8 months as a Visiting Scholar at NYU; and in 2014-15 I spent 18 months in Berlin, as a Humboldt Experienced Research Fellow.
I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in working on any area of twentieth century/contemporary literature, culture or theory - particularly those focusing on matters of gender and/or sexuality, or on women's experimental writing.
My recent and current PhD students have worked on topics as diverse as:
- Translation in contemporary Northern Irish literature
- The modernist essay
- Reading and interactivity: literary experiment, hypertext fiction, and online gaming
- Space and sexuality in contemporary fiction
- Neoliberalism and the historicisation of the 1980s
- Queerness and stupidity
- Marginalia in J.M. Coetzee and David Foster Wallace
- Contemporary literature and the 'New Atheism'
- Proceduralism and the autonomy of play in computer gaming
- The 'composite novel' and the short story cycle
- 'Indiscipline' and visuality in Brooke-Rose, Brophy and Quin
- A genealogy of 'trans', via readings of science fiction literature and film
- Gendered violence and women experimentalists of the 1960s and 70s
- Postmillennial Critical Practices and Women's Creative Literary Criticism
- Instapoetry, 'intimate publics' and gender
I'm affiliated to the Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture (find out more about CSSC at: www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/subjectareas/englishamericanstudies/research/cssc/) and am involved in the annual Sexuality Summer School, details of which can be found at the CSSC site.
In the last few years, in addition to my academic conference papers, I've done talks for the following festivals, events and organisations:
Ladyfest Manchester: www.ladyfestmanchester.com
Queer Up North: www.queerupnorth.com
'Outing the Past' (LGBT History Month, Lancashire Archives): www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/
The Prince's Teaching Institute: www.princes-ti.org.uk/
Manchester Literature Festival: www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/