Welcome. I’m a British Romanticist whose research and teaching explore the intersections of affect, aesthetics and ethics in poetry, criticism and the occasional novel. I’m a she/her person who wears a lot of hats.
My book project explores how Romanticism’s provocative poetic forms index a critical refusal to use art to move subjects towards what Raymond Williams calls “dominant structures of feeling.” You can find an essay drawn from this project, on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s disappointed reading, in Studies in Romanticism.
I’m Book Reviews Editor at the newly relaunched journal Prose Studies. Interested in reviewing a book for us? Get in touch!
I’m also a co-PI on the NEH-funded Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary Project, which will create a fully-searchable, publicly-accessible digital edition, with functionality comparable to other modern, scholarly dictionaries. Follow our progress here!
I feel privileged to have been trained at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of thexʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) People. I’m a white settler Canadian of European (Austrian) descent, and from 2017-2020, I was Assistant Professor of English at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, on traditional Seminole land. In 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold, I began a new appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Regina. Situated on the territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation, URegina is on Treaty 4 lands with a presence in Treaty 6.
Collaborations and Criticism
Why read the Romantics? Why now? My contribution to a collection of “flash essays” on what’s next for Romanticism.
The mindset of “a Man of Achievement especially in Literature,” according to the poet Keats, must be possessed of Negative Capability, a quality of “being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” What, then, of a woman of literary achievement? I contributed a chapter to this collection (edited by two of my favourite Keatsians, Brian Rejack and Michael Theune) that explores the gendering of Negative Capability’s influence.