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I am primarily a Romanticist, with interdisciplinary expertise in the long nineteenth-century. My work explores global, transcultural encounters, particularly Anglophone literature’s engagements with Asia. I’m also an author of narrative non-fiction. Within these diverse interests, I consider what one cultural tradition can tell us about another - for example, how Anglophone portrayals of China have made use of ancient Greek and Roman culture. 

At Monash I convene undergraduate offerings on Romanticism, the Victorian period, creative writing, and Modern Ireland, and supervise PhD research on a range of topics. I have served as Honours Coordinator both for the School (LLCL) and for Literary Studies specifically.               Crippled Immortals     

My first book, Tragic Coleridge (2013), argues that a philosophy of sacrifice permeates Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poetical and critical works, drawn primarily from his reading of the ancient Greeks, Shakespeare, Milton, and contemporary German writers. I followed this with Crippled Immortals (2018), a narrative nonfiction about my adventures in Singapore, Malaysia, and China. My latest book is China from the Ruins of Athens and Rome: Classics, Sinology, and Romanticism, 1793-1938 (Oxford University Press, 2020).

I came to Monash in 2017 having studied at University College Dublin (BA), the University of Bristol (MA), and the University of Warwick (PhD), and having held fellowships at Nanyang Technological University and Durham University. At Monash I am co-director of the interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Research Unit. Amongst other affiliations I am a member of the Friends of Coleridge, the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, and the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia. In 2017 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Current projects include:

- Chinese spirituality in nineteenth-century Anglophone literature

- Religion in Irish literature and culture (an edited volume for Cambridge University Press)

- The reception of Romanticism in Australia

Research interests

Victorian literature
Anglo-Irish literature
Classical reception
Poetry and Poetics
The Gothic
Narrative non-fiction

External positions

Advisory Board, Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies International

2023 → …

Treasurer, Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand

1 Jan 2020 → …

Editor, Australasian Journal of Irish Studies

1 Jan 2019 → …

Steering Committee, Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies International

2019 → …

Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

31 Mar 2017 → …

Research area keywords

  • Romanticism
  • Victorian literature
  • Ireland
  • Anglo-Irish literature
  • Gothic
  • classics
  • Poetry
  • Poetics
  • Postcolonial literatures
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • China
  • Orientalism

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