I am a Lecturer in English Language and Literature and early career researcher based in the School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS). I research in the field of stylistics, and have further interests in cognitive poetics, the application of cognitive grammar for literary analysis, reader response research and contemporary fiction.
My monograph Cognitive Grammar in Contemporary Fiction was published in 2017 with John Benjamins and is the first extended application of cognitive grammar for the analysis of contemporary literature. This book presents analyses of a range of contemporary works of fiction, including texts written by Ian McEwan, Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Safran Foer and Paul Auster. I have also recently co-written a textbook on Cognitive Grammar for stylistic application with Dr Marcello Giovanelli (Aston University), which is due to be published in September this year (please see below for further publication details). Alongside other projects, I am currently involved in an ongoing reader response project with Dr Louise Nuttall (University of Huddersfield) in which we explore the cognitive and experiential processes involved in re-reading.
I am Treasurer for the International Association of Literary Semantics, and act as a reviewer for a number of international peer-reviewed journals. I am also a member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, the International Association of Literary Semantics, and the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature.
I would be interested in supervising doctoral research projects in:
Please get in touch via email if you are interested in working with me on any of the above.
Chapters in edited collections
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
Tel: 0121 204 4806