I am a stylistician with particular interests in the application of Text World Theory and Cognitive Grammar to literary discourse. My monograph, the first book-length study of a canonical English poet using Text World Theory, Text World Theory and Keats' Poetry: The Cognitive Poetics of Desire, Dreams and Nightmares, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013. A textbook, written with my colleague Dr Chloe Harrison, Cognitive Grammar in Stylistics is currently in press and is to be published in September 2018. I am currently researching how the experience of war is variously construed in the poetry, prose and diaries of Siegfried Sassoon.
I am also interested in language and literature in education including applications of cognitive linguistics in pedagogical contexts and the ways in which literature is discussed and studied in educational settings. For more on this see the studyingfiction website which I run with Dr Jessica Mason (Sheffield Hallam University).
For several years, I have co-directed the Integrating English project with Dr Andrea Macrae (Oxford Brookes University) and Professor Billy Clark (Northumbria University). We are interested in developing more integrated approaches to the subject at all levels of education. We run annual summer conferences for secondary teachers, produce a blog for AQA to support their A-Level English Language and Literature specification, and act as the editorial board for Mesh, a journal for undergraduate students to showcase their work in integrated lang-lit studies. We are currently exploring the perception and awareness of post-16 curriculum reform amongst academics in university English departments (funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme small research grant).
I am a member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, the British Association for Applied Linguistics, and the National Association for the Teaching of English. I am Chair of Examiners for A-level English Language and Literature at a major English examination board and a member of the Committee for Linguistics in Education (CLiE). I am associate editor of the journal English in Education and act as a reviewer for a number of other international peer-reviewed journals. I have acted as an external examiner at the universities of Exeter and Warwick.
I would be very interested in hearing from prospective doctoral students wishing to undertake research in any of the following areas:
Please do e mail if you are interested in working with me on any of the above
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