Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, drama, comedy, law, economics, theater and performance
Early Modern British Literature, Critical Bibliography, Speculative Fiction, Gender Studies, Poetry, Drama, LGBTQ Studies
Philosophy and the Arts; Literary Theory; Law and Literature; Postmodern and Contemporary British Fiction and Drama; Joyce; Shakespeare.
Twentieth and twenty-first century Irish and British Lit; Internment-era N.Irish and British lit& drama; Irish immigrants in England, esp 1970s-present; community archives; Ulster Literary Theatre; visual arts and literary responses to the Maze debate
18th- and 19th-century British fiction, drama, and popular culture
rhetoric and composition
British Romanticism; Regency Literature; Victorian Literature; Animal Rights; Intertextuality; Drama and Playwriting; The Nobel PrizeI have published on Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, the Irish writer Louisa Stuart Costello, and the Scottish poet Anne Bannerman
Research on global Shakespeare has focused on the ways in which the plays have been adapted for indigenous languages and customs. Less attention has been paid to the ways in which non-British directors have treated the Elizabethan drama. Yet there are a number of works that create direct musical dialogues between Elizabethan drama, history, and the cultures of England’s colonies. In Tim Supple’s 2003 Twelfth Night, Indian music signifies the divide between Viola and Sebastian’s origins and a British Illyria; a 2006 Danish Ur-Hamlet uses music from former British colonies and a faux-medieval score that serve as “an exchange of cultural manifestations.” And both the BBC’s Virgin Queen (2005) and Kapur’s 2007 Elizabeth: the Golden Age use Indian music to represent the empire’s colonial enterprises. I examine how these musics function in the context of screen works, and what their use might signify in Elizabethan drama and historical pieces overall.
I’m a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. I earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from Western University, following my M.A. and H.B.A. from the University of Toronto.My fields of interest include Transatlantic Modernism, 20th-Century British & Irish literature, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the art, politics and history of the years between the world wars. In particular, my research considers how several major modernists took part in a widespread conversation about how to reinvent culture in Europe and North America in the early twentieth century. I’ve designed and taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in modern literature, poetics, literary theory, drama, composition, and popular culture.
This course is intended to give students a broad introduction to (primarily) British modernist fiction in the context of the new media ecology of the early twentieth century. Other media (radio, film), genres (drama), and national traditions (Irish, American, German, Soviet) make appearances.