medieval and early modern literature and cultural history, including gender issues, xenology, and ecocriticism, history of tolerance, interdisciplinarity, history of mentality and emotions
I have research interests in literature, sexology and the modern histories of gender and sexuality, and in contemporary queer and feminist writing and graphic memoirs. I’m Head of the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London.
I study the literary and cultural formations of identity in the modern Arab Middle East (19thC – present), with a focus on Lebanon. My research is situated at the intersection of literary and cultural studies, critical geography and urban studies, history, and gender studies.
Feminist and gender scholars working in Anglo-Saxon studies in the past ten years have been asking new and important questions of a variety of Old English and Anglo-Latin texts. Most crucially, this interdisciplinary new work redefines the historiographical paradigms of Anglo-Saxon cultural production and reception so that women must now be regularly included in discussions of Anglo-Saxon cultural agency. This paradigm shift can and should inform broader cultural understandings of the history of gender relations, despite current communication problems among the varied subfields of medieval studies and gender studies. Furthermore, the pedagogy of both medievalists and faculty specializing in later periods must be informed by this shift as well.
My MA dissertation was on understanding a particular kind of urban space within Chennai, India, which falls at the intersection of legal pluralism (porosity of land tenure), religiosity (temple-owned land), and public policy (intersecting governance institutions). My broad research interests include urban sociology, land governance, public housing, legal pluralism, and urban sustainability. Having graduated from an interdisciplinary five-year integrated course, my research interests have varied throughout the years. Being exposed to literature from different disciplines without its rigid boundaries has helped me read them in relation to each other. I am also interested in reading philosophy, economic history, poetry, gender theory, and disability studies.
Victorian Literature and Culture, History of Science, History of Philosophy, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Realism, Affect, Description, New Materialism
Victorian novel, history of medicine, medical humanities, gender, popular fiction
eighteenth-century studies; novel criticism; gender; cultural history
History of the book, medieval romance and lyric, anthologies, gender studies
Medieval Iberian Literature, Women and Gender Studies, Critical Theory, Art History