Teaching & Service

  • Sept 2013 to present: Senior Lecturer and Research DirectorThe Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex
  • Sept 2006 to Sept 2013: Lecturer– The Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex
  • Sept 2008 to present: Lecturer – The University of Connecticut Study Programme in London
  • Sept 2003 to June 2005: Visiting Lecturer – Department of English, York St John’s College, York
  • Oct 2000 to June 2005: Teaching Assistant – Department of English, University of Durham


Courses Taught:

  • The Age of Chivalry (Chaucer, Malory, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, French Arthurian Romances)
  • Shakespeare and the English Renaissance (a selection of Shakespeare’s drama and poetry, Marlowe, Webster, Spenser)
  • Elizabethan Shakespeare (A survey course on the first half of Shakespeare’s career)
  • Jacobean Shakespeare (A survey course on the later half of Shakespeare’s career)
  • Shakespeare in London (Six plays from Shakespeare’s career, studied with particular emphasis on their London-based setting and socio-historical context)
  • Seventeenth Century Poetry (Donne, Marvell, Herbert, Vaughan and Milton)
  • The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Novel (Defoe, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Dickens and Conrad)
  • The Nineteenth Century Novel (Austen, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Dickens, James and Conrad)
  • Victorian Literature (survey course covering poetry, novels, and plays from the period, with an emphasis on the historical and cultural background)
  • ‘Gothic Fiction and Modern Horror’ (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Turn of the Screw, Psycho and The Silence of the Lambs).       This course combined a reading of the texts with a study of subsequent film adaptations.
  • Gender Writing and American Literature (Whitman, Melville, Twain, Chopin, Hemingway, Salinger, Morrison and Walker)
  • Modern Poetry and Drama (Eliot, Auden, MacNeice, Rattigan)
  • Modern Drama (Ibsen, Chekhov, O’Neill, Miller, Beckett and Pinter)
  • Introduction to English Literature (First-year genre-based survey course)
  • World War Two and English Cultural Life (an inter-disciplinary course that brought together literature, history, and the visual arts)
  • Literary London (a study of the city as seen through the writings of authors from Samuel Pepys to the present day)
  • Homer’s Iliad and Modern Literature (the Iliad read alongside modern re-interpretations, from Auden to Oswald)