post-war British poetry
writing and the environment
the Simple Life
Areas of expertise
My research focuses on: the Romantic period (particularly on the impact of Dante’s writing at the time and on the lives and self-fashioning of Romantic poets); Victorian literature (especially the works and life of Thomas Hardy, ideas of place in the period, life-writing, and more on Dante and other Italian literature’s presence in English culture); and post-war British poetry. (I co-edit a series, Poetry &…, developing new approaches to post-war poetry in Britain and America.)
My present research brings these three areas together by addressing questions of writing and the environment, particularly with reference to the first world war poet Edward Thomas, to Charlotte Mew, to ideas of ‘the Simple Life’ and to the new landscapes of an endangered world (as described in the contemporary poetry of Jorie Graham for instance, and in nature writing too).