I've worked at the University of Hertfordshire since 2000. I have also worked for the Higher Education Academy English Subject Centre, as part of a team involved in different teaching and learning projects relating to the teaching of English. Here at Hertfordshire I currently organise the core first-year module 'Introduction to Literary Studies 1: The Victorians', as well as the third year modules: `Texts & Screens: Studies in Literary Adaptations' and `Between the Acts: Literature 1890-1920.' I also run an MA module `Dandies, Decadents and New Women, 1880-1900'.
My research covers Victorian and Edwardian literature (c.1830-1914); World War I; crime fiction; reception histories; the short story. I'm happy to receive inquiries about PhD supervision in any of these areas.
My interest in Victorian sensationalism and the underside of nineteenth century culture has resulted in a number of projects. These include the series "Varieties of Women's Sensation Fiction 1855-1890", which sought to recover works by popular novelists of the Nineteenth Century, analyzing the wider literary arenas in which these writers worked.
I'm currently working on two projects: 1) a book on First World War theatre and entertainment; and 2) a critical edition of Florence Marryat's 1891 account of London spiritualism and famous mediums, There is No Death.