I’m an academic and writer, interested in nineteenth-century, modernist and contemporary British and American literature. Authors I have specific interests in include: John Ruskin, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence, H.D., F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, Henry James, John Dos Passos, Kazuo Ishiguro and Virginia Woolf.

I write about place and identity. My previous research focused on the history of modern Venice, and the way the city is depicted in modern literature. This was the subject of my book The Venice Myth: Culture, Literature Politics 1800 to the Present, published in 2014. Current research has two main strands: 1) a project looking at transatlantic fiction in the early twentieth century in the context of race, immigration and imperialism, and 2) a study of the modern city and animals.

I also write fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, and creative non-fiction.