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I am an experienced researcher and lecturer in early modern English literature, with particular expertise in the history and literature of English Protestant dissent and the writing of Daniel Defoe. The principal focus of my research has considered the relationship between different textual genres in seventeenth and eighteenth-century English writing, both those formally considered as 'literature' and others, such as funeral sermons and political pamphlets.  

Research interests

My key research interests include the early modern period/the 'long eighteenth century' in English culture, and the history and writing of English Protestant dissenters from 1600-1800. Other areas of research interest are the history of the book in early modern England, and studies in genre and narrative theory.

Teaching specialisms

I have been teaching and lecturing in the further and higher education sector for twenty years; my special areas of teaching expertise are focused on English literature and culture from 1660-1800. I have been Module Leader for all of UH's Literature modules covering texts from 1550-1800, including both of the core modules for Level 5 (Year 2) students

Education/Academic qualification

C17th/18th English Literature, Ph.D, Rhetorical Strategies in Defoe's Writing Before 1719, The University of East Anglia

1 Sept 19981 Jan 2006

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

English Literature, MA, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature, The University of East Anglia

1 Sept 19971 Jul 1998

Award Date: 1 Jul 1998

Education, PGCE (Post-16 Education), Postgraduate Certificate in Further and Higher Education, The University of Greenwich

1 Sept 19941 Jul 1995

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

English Literature and Language, BA.Hons, English Literature and English Language, The University of Oxford

1 Sept 19851 Jul 1988

Award Date: 1 Jul 1988


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