I was born in London and educated at state schools in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk before studying for my BA at the University of Sussex. I joined the department of English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths as a Lecturer in Early Modern Literature and Culture in 2017 having previously worked at the universities of St Andrews, Leeds, and York. I am a member of the Society of Renaissance Studies and the Renaissance Society of America.
- PhD: ‘Edmund Spenser and the Popular Press’ (Sussex) 2010
- MA in Early Modern Literature and Culture (Sussex) 2006
- BA Hons English Literature (Sussex) 2005
Teaching and Supervision
I currently convene the modules Renaissance Worlds (EN52227D/EN53327B) and Popular Culture in the Age of Shakespeare (EN53401A) and contribute to teaching on Shakespeare (EN52211C).
I welcome research projects in the following areas:
Early Modern Life Writing
Early Modern Popular Culture
Early Modern Poetry and Prose
My work considers the intersection of culture and form in the early modern period. In particular, I am interested in the literary effects and influences of texts and performances that reside outside of the canon and outside of perceived notions of the literary. These include conversion narratives (religious life writing recounting a change of faith or intensification of religious feeling), popular print such as ballads, almanacs, and beast fables, and oral storytelling and fairy tale. In tandem, I also work on elite writers who self-consciously borrow from or imitate aspects of popular culture. My first book, Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England: Tales of Turning (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), is a study of the rhetorical tropes and narrative typologies which characterise conversion narratives in the years 1580-1660. I am currently working on a book project titled Spenser’s Popular Voices: Culture and Play which focuses on Spenser’s interest in cultural play and his adoption of models and practices associated with non-elite modes of storytelling. I also have a side project exploring queer temporalities. My first attempt at reading unbound by traditional concepts of time period is an exploration of the life writings of the early modern Catholic convert Sir Tobie Matthew alongside the work of the contemporary novelist Jhumpa Lahiri.
Further profile content
- Conversion Narratives in Early Modern England: Tales of Turning
Palgrave Macmillan (2018): A book-length study of conversion narratives from 1580-1660 focusing on the relationship between conversion and rhetoric.
- Research Companion to Popular Culture in Early Modern England
Ashgate (2014): Edited collection bringing together work on popular culture in early modern England.
‘Dreaming Converts in the Seventeenth Century: The Case of Philip Dandulo and Thomas Warmstry’s The Baptized Turk
Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 17.1 (2017): Exploration of a dream embedded in the description of the baptism and conversion of a Muslim man in early modern London.
‘Managing Copiousness for Pleasure and Profit: William Painter’s Palace of Pleasure’
Renaissance Studies 28 (2014): Article analysing the copiousness of William Painter's collection of novelle The Palace of Pleasure.
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