Having retired from the Department of English at the University of Bristol I am an independent scholar based in Oxford and London. These pages describe some of my current and earlier projects.
At present I am working mainly in classical reception; I am particularly interested in the relationship between Greek literature (ancient and modern) and literatures in English. Three current projects are:
- Greek in literary Modernism (especially Joyce and Pound)
- the reception of Hesiod and Pindar in English poetry
- the idea of a national poet: C. Day Lewis and George Seferis.
Recent essays and papers include:
- “Starlight and Electric Light: Seamus Heaney’s Greece”, in Landscapes of Irish and Greek Poets, ed. Joanna Kruczkowska (Oxford: Lang, 2018)
- (with Rose Little) “‘In a Different Light’: Imagining Greece in Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Pym”, in Greece in British Women’s Literary Imagination 1913-2013, ed. Eleni Papargyriou et al. (Lang, 2017)
- “Betty Radice and the Survival of Classics”, in Women Classical Scholars: Unsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly, ed. Rosie Wyles and Edith Hall (OUP, 2016).
- “I sailed never with Cadmus: Modernism’s Thebes”, Classical Association Conference, Leicester, April 2018.
Forthcoming essays include:
- “Heaney and Hesiod”, in Seamus Heaney's Classics: Bann Valley Muses, ed. Stephen Harrison et al. (OUP).
Previous papers include:
- “Tin Wreaths and Broken Statues: Ezra Pound, Commemoration and the Classical Text”, UCL, June 2015
- “William Rothenstein: The Artist as Reader”, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, March 2015
- “‘Si credere dignum est’: Crediting the Georgics from Browning to Hill”, UCL, April 2014
- “Joyce’s Greek”, Durham University, July 2013.
Other research interests include:
- Women Writers (especially Virginia Woolf)
- The history and literary uses of the English dictionary
- Probability, Statistics and the Literary Text.
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Last updated: 9 April 2018