DPhil, Balliol College, University of Oxford, English (2019)
MA, University of Bristol, English Literature (2010)
BA, Jesus College, University of Oxford, English Language and Literature (2008)
I am a scholar of Romantic Period literature, especially the work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). My research addresses the relationship between poetry and politics: how writers use poetry as a space to explore political questions and how formal or aesthetic choices are related to political concerns. I also have research interests in literary relationships and influence.
My work has been published in journals including 'Wordsworth Circle', 'Romanticism', and 'Notes & Queries'. I contributed the chapter ‘Political Coleridge’ to 'The New Cambridge Companion to Coleridge' (Cambridge University Press, 2022).
I am currently finishing my first monograph, 'Coleridge’s Political Poetics', which is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan. This book is the first to consider Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s engagement with ‘Whig poetry’: a tradition of verse from the 18th Century which celebrated the political and constitutional arrangements of Britain as guaranteeing liberty. I argue that Coleridge was able to articulate radical ideas in the 1790s under the cover of widely accepted principles through his references to this poetry. He positioned his poetry within a mainstream discourse even as he favoured radical social change.