Department of English and Creative Writing

Visiting address
108 Fincham, Digby Stuart

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3059


I studied at the Universities of Cambridge (BA) and Sheffield (PhD), after which I taught English and Drama at Roehampton, becoming a Reader in English in 1992, and a Professor in 1999. I now divide my research and publishing activities fairly evenly between Romantic Period Literature and Crime Fiction. I teach courses in both these areas, as well as Restoration/ Eighteenth-Century and Dystopian Literature, poetic technique and the creative writing of Crime Fiction, and also have an interest in British Drama of the 1950s-70s.

I have recently edited The Cambridge Companion to Crime FictionandThe Collected Writings of Erasmus Darwin .

I am currently Co-Director of the Centre of Research in Romanticism, and in 2006-8 I set up and directed the Centre for Research in Modern Literature and Culture. I warmly welcome applications for PhDs in the fields of Crime Fiction and Romantic and eighteenth-century literature.

Research outputs

  1. The detective short story

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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