I obtained my PhD from the University of Cambridge, and was a lecturer at the University of Greenwich for several years before joining the English Department at King’s in September 2016.
In 2013, I published my monograph, Friendship and Allegiance in Eighteenth-Century Literature. It examined representations of friendship and politics in British literature of the 1720s and 1730s.
I have held visiting fellowships at Yale’s Lewis Walpole Library and Chawton House Library.
My current projects include a co-edited essay collection on eighteenth-century celebrity (forthcoming, 2017), and my next monograph, a study of levees and other social gatherings as they were represented in literature and visual art of the period.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
- Literature and Politics in the Eighteenth Century
- The History of Friendship
- Privacy and Publicity
- Alexander Pope and his Contemporaries
I am interested in eighteenth-century concepts of privacy and publicity, the ways that these impinged on each other and influenced literary and political dialogue throughout the period. I have written about canonical figures such as Alexander Pope, Daniel Defoe and Henry Fielding, but my work is also concerned with marginalised figures and more ephemeral texts such as letters, pamphlets and periodical essays.
I currently supervise two PhD projects related to literature of the long eighteenth century. I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students with interests in the period, particularly in topics relating to sociability, party politics or private life.
For more details, please see my full research profile.
I teach widely on literature of the ‘long’ eighteenth century at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This encompasses modules on the rise of the novel, the works of Jane Austen and their context, eighteenth-century travel writing and life-writing.
Expertise and Public Engagement
I sit on the executive committee of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and edit the society’s online reviews site, Criticks. The site reports on plays, concerts, exhibitions and other resources related to eighteenth-century culture. I am also co-editor of the academic journal, Literature & History.