My interests focus on twentieth and twenty-first century Literature, Culture and Theory, with a particular emphasis on Modernist and contemporary writing, and a growing interest in the Digital Humanities, and the intersections between science and the arts and humanities. I am the Principal Investigator of the Memory Network, an AHRC and Wellcome Trust-funded Research Network bringing scientists, arts and humanities scholars, writers and artists together to think critically and creatively about memory in the twenty-first century. I'm Series Co-Editor of Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Bloomsbury), and wrote The Making of London (Palgrave, 2011), and British Fiction in the Sixties (Bloomsbury, 2015). I edited volumes on Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes and two volumes on Kazuo Ishiguro's work: Kazuo Ishiguro: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2010) and Kazuo Ishiguro: Critical Visions of the Novels (Palgrave, 2011). I'm interested in historicizing our contemporary moment, with a special interest in Modernism, as evidenced by my recent writing on memory in the digital age, information overload, cognitive offloading and the extended mind thesis (EMT), as well as my historicisation of the relationship between literature and surveillance in an essay entitled 'Observing Fictions: Literature and Surveillance from 1984 to 9/11'. My next book project explores cognition and memory in the digital age, The Prosthetic Gods (Yale UP).
I welcome research students interested in exploring time, memory and consciousness; place/space; psychogeography; spying, surveillance and carceral theory; subversive and experimental literatures and radical aesthetics; and 'the posthuman'. I also work with creative writing students.
Media: BBC radio and TV; Guardian Review; 'Talking Books', Newstalk Radio; Museum of London; Nesta; Cheltenham Literary Festival; Edinburgh Literary Festival; Serpentine Gallery etc.
Peer reviewer for: AHRC Large Grants scheme; Edinburgh UP, PalgraveMacmillan, Bloomsbury Academic, Gothic Studies, C21 Literature, European Journal of Cultural Studies, English Studies, Clio: A Journal of Literature, History and the History of Literature, European Journal of Cultural Studies,
MA (VU University, Amsterdam), MA (East Anglia), PhD (East Anglia)
I am the Principal Investigator of the Memory Network, an AHRC and Wellcome Trust-funded Research Network bringing scientists, arts and humanities scholars, writers and artists together to think critically and creatively about memory in the twenty-first century.
Modernism; Contemporary fiction; The Poetics of Surveillance; Neuro-literary criticism.