Life-writing, literature, popular culture.
I am a Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Sheffield. I am fascinated by the ways in which stories are used to describe and understand our lives and experiences, and this interest underpins my research into the literature and culture of the Victorian period through to the present day. I have published work on nineteenth- and twentieth-century life-writing, and on the adaptation of life narratives across media — particularly film and television. Major figures in my research include: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Elizabeth Gaskell, John Addington Symonds, Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf.
This website is a place for me to share and develop new ideas about life narratives that emerge from the things I read and see, the places I go, and the objects I encounter. From high brow to low brow, sublime to quotidian, life narratives are everywhere you turn.
Intrigued by the name of this website? Take a look at my first post for an explanation.