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I completed a PhD at KCL on representations of the collector in nineteenth-century French literature in 2010. Since then, I have lectured at Oxford and KCL. I am currently working on a project on the figure of the detective in nineteenth-century French culture.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • The nineteenth-century novel
  • Crime fiction
  • Detective fiction
  • Material culture
  • Popular culture

My interests crystallise around realism in the long nineteenth century and the interchanges between literary aesthetics and material culture. I have supervised graduate work on Balzac, fin-de-siècle crime writing, and nineteenth-century visual culture.

For more details, please see my full research profile.


I teach broadly across the modern period, from 1700 to the present day, with particular emphasis on the novel and life-writing.