I graduated from UCL in 2010 and worked in publishing for two years before studying for an MPhil at Cambridge. I moved back to London to begin my PhD at King’s in 2013, looking at the motif of the face in medieval French art and literature. Immediately after this I spent some time working on the Language Acts and Worldmaking project researching different kinds of language learning undertaken by UK-based research students. I have been teaching French at King’s since beginning my PhD and now teach full-time, while also working on turning my thesis into a book.
Research interests and PhD supervision
- Intersections between modern theory and medieval art and literature
- Digital mediations of the medieval
- Language pedagogy
My research is all driven by a profound interest in how we learn and interact with literature, art and language. My current book project explores the concept of the face as a mediating surface, and uses modern theoretical writing as a way of opening up different kinds of faciality in medieval literature and manuscript production. I am also interested in the history of queer readings of medieval texts, and in the use of digital technology to read and engage with the medieval.
I teach several language modules, convene the final year translation course, and run all the Old French workshops across the year groups. In my content teaching, I teach and convene literature modules ranging from the first-year overview module to more specialist final-year courses in medieval literature and including early-modern texts, post-1700 novels and twentieth-century film.
Expertise and public engagement
Through my work with Language Acts and Worldmaking I have been involved in school translations workshops. I also co-organised a workshop for public service interpreters to use dramatic and visual techniques to express and explore aspects of their work that are otherwise difficult to talk about.