Academic work



Ph.D. in Modern and Contemporary Literature 

Faculty of English & Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

Dissertation: 'Generative economies: transactional maternal sacrifice in social realist fiction, 1853-1894​', fully funded by AHRC Doctoral Studentship, 2016-19



MPhil (Distinction) in Modern and Contemporary Literature

Faculty of English & Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge​



BA (Double First Class Honours) in English 

Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge​ 



  • ‘Poetic collegiality: on Daddy Poem’, in the ‘Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Experiment’, forthcoming in Textual Practice Volume 34, Issue 2 (March 2020)

  • ‘Where does the shame go? On Sophie Collins’ small white monkeys’, The Cambridge Humanities Review 13 (Lent 2018)

  • ‘Parental elegy: language in extremis’, in collaboration with Anna Burel of the Conceiving Histories project (Birkbeck, UoL), King’s Review 4 (Winter 2017)

  • ‘Foreword’, ANON: Mary Butts (Oxford: Hurst Street Press, December 2017)

 In preparation

  • ‘A milky dialectic: breast feeding and resistant lyric form’, forthcoming in ‘Constructing Mothers: Examining an Emerging Maternal Aesthetics in Contemporary Literature’, special issue of Contemporary Women’s Writing (OUP), ed. Olivia Heal and Lucy Mercer, forthcoming 2020

  •  ‘The Artefact of Losing: On the (Bio)poetics of Miscarriage’ (co-authored with Christopher Law), The Body Productive, ed. Steffan Blayney, Joey Hornsby and Savannah Whaley, forthcoming 2021

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