I was educated on both sides of the Atlantic, completing my MPhil in English Romantic Studies at Oxford University in 1987 and my DPhil at UCLA in 1996. I joined the University of Wolverhampton in 1994, and became Reader in English Literature and founding Co-Director of the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research in 2010. I also serve on the editorial team for European Romantic Review (Routledge): from 2009 as Book Review Editor and from 2015 as Co-Editor.
At Wolverhampton, I teach undergraduate modules on poetry, eighteenth-century literature, and Romanticism, and contribute to the taught MA in English with modules on Byron, Popular Romanticism, and Research methods. I have supervised MA theses on Romantic women’s writing, paratextuality, and Coleridge, and am currently supervising PhD projects on mobility and space in women’s film; popular fiction; and deep ecology in 17th-20th century literature.
My own research focuses on Romantic Period literature (1780-1840), with an emphasis on travel writing, women’s writing, the Shelley circle, print culture, and bibliography. My book, Shelley’s Eye: Travel Writing and Aesthetic Vision (Ashgate 2005), was the first to situate Shelley’s poetic practice within the rise of mass tourism, and my subsequent work has been at the forefront of recovering the cultural meanings of travel writing through bibliographical and contextual research.
I am currently leading a British-Academy-funded database project, British Women’s Travel Writing, 1780-1840: Communities of Authorship (2016-18), a pilot study for a full-scale database of all travel writings––women’s and men’s––in the period. Other recent projects include my collection, Travel Writing and Tourism in Britain and Ireland (Palgrave 2012), and a 4-volume set of Women’s Travel Writings in Post-Napoleonic France (2012), part of Pickering & Chatto's Chawton House Library Series.
I am interested in supervising PhDs on topics in any area of my research specialisms, particularly women’s travel writing and on cross-cultural literary relations more generally.