BA, MA, DPhil
Director of Studies
- Director of Studies, English
Telephone: 01223 335719
I received my BA and MA from Sydney and Melbourne Universities before coming to Oxford on a Clarendon Scholarship for my DPhil, which was supervised by Sharon Achinstein and Laurie Maguire. Since then I have held Lectureships in Cambridge, at Selwyn College and the English Faculty. In 2018 I moved to Newnham College, where I am Director of Studies in Part I. In Part I of the English Tripos I teach Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature and in Part II, I teach Tragedy, Material Renaissance and Early Modern Drama. I supervise dissertations across these subjects.
My first monograph, Chastity in Early Stuart Literature and Culture, traced the medical, theological, literary, and revolutionary uses of chastity from The Winter’s Tale to the death of Charlies I. It argued, among other things, that court ‘performances’, including royal birthing ceremonies, need to be considered part of the same debate as political and theological pamphlets. My subsequent project was Blood Matters, a collection of interdisciplinary essays as part of the Wellcome-Trust funded Blood Project. I am now writing about the Elizabethan botanical renaissance: a movement that involved a wide range of popular practices from domestic decorative arts to pedagogy, gardens and food, printed herbals, and the Shakespearean theatre itself.
My research covers Shakespeare; Ford; Webster; Milton; gender; genre; early modern medical, theological, and political history; gardens; domestic arts; birth and midwifery; court masques; Tudor and Stuart Petrarchism; material cultures; environmental humanities; medical humanities; and English performance of all kinds.