Before coming to Aberdeen, I studied at Oxford and Princeton and taught at Leeds. My main interests are in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry, politics, and imitation of classical literature. I am currently researching Spenser's relation to Virgil, with a volume on the pastoral poems nearing completion for the Manchester Spenser Series, and also editing a collected volume of essays on classical and Renaissance intertextuality arising from an interdisciplinary symposium I organized at Aberdeen in May 2015.
My first book, Spenser and Ovid, published in 2005, revises the common view of Spenser as apologist for Elizabeth's imperialist monarchy by tracing his persistent imitation of Ovid, poet of love and political exile, throughout his career. It has been favourably reviewed in The Review of English Studies, Renaissance Quarterly, Notes and Queries, Modern Language Review, Times Literary Supplement, Spenser Review, The Sixteenth Century Journal and The Year's Work in English Studies.
In 2010 I published my second book, Herrick, Fanshawe, and the Politics of Intertextuality: Classical Literature and Seventeenth-Century Royalism, exploring the relation between oppositional politics and concepts of intertextuality in two royalist poets during the Civil Wars of the 1640s. This has been favourably reviewed in Notes & Queries, The Classical Review, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Studies in English Literature and Seventeenth-Century News.
I have also published articles on Gascoigne, Sidney, Spenser, Jonson, Herrick and Fanshawe, as well as chapters in several volumes in the Oxford Handbook series and the Cambridge 'In Context' series, and am a contributing editor for the Spenser Review.
I welcome enquiries from students interested in postgraduate research on Renaissance poetry, especially anyone interested in poetry and politics, or classical imitation and intertextuality.