I hold a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where I studied English as an undergraduate. I completed an MA in Medieval English Literatures at the University of York, and am a former postdoctoral fellow of the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. I am an associate editor of the Journal of the Northern Renaissance, and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
External Memberships and Affiliations
Committee member of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies and Scottish Text Society. Member of the Centre for Early Modern Studies
My research focuses on late medieval and early modern literature, with particular interests in memory and the history of emotions and sexuality. My research and teaching also reflects an ongoing interest in Scottish literature.
I welcome inquiries from potential research students working on any of my areas of interest, or connected areas.
Most recently, I have been working with Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust on The Evergreen: A New Season in the North. Inspired by the tradition of the Bannatyne Manuscript and its Evergreen legacy, this new four-volume anthology combines poetry, fiction, visual art and essays on cultural issues to explore the part literature and literary tradition have to play in shaping our communities, both local and national – art creates our sense of the city, and what it means to live in it. The four volume series is now complete, as of 2019.
My first book, Remembering Boethius: Writing Aristocratic Identity in Late-Medieval French and English Literatures, explores the role of the Consolation of Philosophy in mediating personal experiences of exile and imprisonment for medieval subjects.
Translator for the 2009 Edinburgh International Festival production of Robert Henryson's Testament of Cresseid, directed by David Levin.
Research Funding and Grants
2014: Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Workshops grant for the Evergreen: A New Season in the North
2011-2014: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, for work on the Bannatyne Manuscript and its cultural afterlife.
Convenor: EL1536: Rethinking Reading
EL35DQ: Knights, Virgins and Viragos: Chaucer and Medieval Writing (Junior Honours)
EL40WH: All for One: The Politics of Love and Friendship in Medieval and Early Modern Literature
EL55C2: Writing the Self
I also teach on EL2011: Encounters with Shakespeare, EL2512: The Tragedy of Knowledge, EL30PC: Page and Stage, EL3008: Writing Revolt: Literature and Politics in the Seventeenth Century.
I have subsidiary research interests in children's literature and fairy tales, and would be happy to hear from undergraduate students who would like to write dissertations in these areas.