I am University Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature at Oxford, and Tutorial Fellow at Merton College. From 1995 to 2005 I taught at the University of Wales, Bangor. In 2005 I co-founded the British Society for Literature and Science; I served both as its Secretary (2006-09) and Chair (2009-12). From 2008 to 2011 I was an editor of The Review of English Studies.
My publications include Einstein’s Wake: Relativity, Metaphor and Modernist Literature (2001), Virginia Woolf (2005), Modernism (ed.) (2007), and Reading Modernist Poetry (2010); I have editions of Woolf’s Orlando and Night and Day forthcoming. My current work concerns science, poetry, and intellectual specialization in the 1920s and 1930s. This project considers the ways in which poets use scientific diction and imagery in their poetry, both as part of the revival of metaphysical poetry in the period and more broadly. It will include work on Herbert Read, Michael Roberts, William Empson, C. Day Lewis, W. H. Auden, and Hugh MacDiarmid.