Imagism as Anti-Romanticism in the Pre-Des Imagistes Era
My main research interests lie in the literature and intellectual history of the early twentieth century. I was, until recently, working on the aesthetic theories and practices of T. E. Hulme, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and their circle -- including those of lesser-known figures, such as Edward Storer, J. M. Kennedy, A. M. Ludovici, and Victor Reynolds. Other research interests include: The New Age and The Commentator; modern abstract and semi-abstract art; modernism and 'new' philosophies (neo-Hegelian idealism, process metaphysics, and vitalism); the affective phenomenology of Max Scheler; the work of Isaiah Berlin; life-writing; Anglo-American modernist legacies in the works of Hellenophone writers; and, currently, the idea of (self-)sacrifice in twentieth-century poetry.
I recently finished a book about modernism and Conservatism during the years 1900-1920. The book is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2018 and is entitled Conservative Modernists: Literature and Tory Politics in Britain, 1900-1920. My monograph, which I wrote during my Research Fellowship at Wolfson, built on my postgraduate work on the politics of Eliot (Cambridge, 2006), my doctoral work on Hulme and his politics (Edinburgh, 2011), on archival research undertaken in the British Newspaper Library during my stint as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies of the University of London (May-December 2012), and on research carried out as a Research Fellow at Wolfson. Conservative Modernists examines intersections in the politics and poetics of self-proclaimed "Tories" who played a formative part in the development of Anglophone modernism: T. S. Eliot; Ford Madox Ford; T. E. Hulme; Edward Storer; and J. M. Kennedy, a prominent contributor to The New Age magazine and a prolific Nietzsche scholar. It examines each figure's brand of conservatism and teases out the many political implications of 'classical' modernism, demonstrating how, from the time when it emerged in the Edwardian era, modernism was imbricated with Tory politics and rhetoric.
My current reseach project looks into the idea of self-sacrifice in twentieth-century literature - from Eliot and the modernists to Ted Hughes, Jeanette Winterson, and Sharon Olds.
I retain a peripheral interest in life-writing (having filled in for Dr Rachel Hewitt at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing in 2014-15) and a much stronger one in intellectual history. At Wolfson, I set up a History of Ideas Group, and I have organised and convened (at Wolfson, IES, and IASH in Edinburgh) workshops on civil disobedience, violence, and anarchism.
I have published widely in modernist literature and hope to continue to do so - as well as publishing on twentieth-century literature more broadly. My reviews have appeared in Modernism/modernity, the Journal of Modern Literature, and Make it New. I review regularly in the TLS.
Literature 1830-1910 and 1910-present; literary criticism and critical theory; special papers on Eliot, Pound, Ford, Woolf, Atwood, First World War literature, and magazine modernisms.
I will be away from Oxford in 2017-18, teaching at the University of Cyprus.