My teaching and writing focuses on Romanticism and literary theory - in Romanticism, on William Blake and Romantic versions of the sublime, in literary theory on psychoanalysis and literature, and the postmodern. It considers the interaction between these fields.
Along with articles and chapters on Romantic and post-Romantic literature and theory, I have published books on William Blake (Blake's Poetry: Spectral Visions, Macmillan, 1993), Emily Brontë (Emily Brontë, Twayne, 1998), an edition of D.H. Lawrence's Aaron's Rod (Penguin, 1995), an edited collection of psychoanalytic criticism (Literature in Psychoanalysis: A Reader, Palgrave, 2005), an introduction to Blake’s illuminated poetry for the British Council ‘Writers and their Work’ series (William Blake, Northcote House, 2007), and a study of transformations of the sublime in Romantic, modern and postmodern texts (Reinventing the Sublime: Post-Romantic Literature and Theory, Sussex Academic Press, 2013).
I am a contributor on Emily Brontë to the online Literary Dictionary, have reviewed regularly for the BARS [British Association for Romantic Studies] Bulletin and Review, and acted as reader for Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, University of Wales Press, Continuum Press, and for the inter-disciplinary journal Mosaic.
My current interests are in teaching, academic management and writing fiction.