I am a stylistician with particular research interests in Text World Theory and Cognitive Grammar. 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. My textbook, written with Dr Chloe Harrison (Coventry University), on Cognitive Grammar in Stylistics is to be published in 2018.
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 Dr Billy Clark (Middlesex 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.
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 have acted as an external examiner at the universities of Exeter and Warwick.
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