RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

 

I'm interested in literary form and how it plays together with

social-historical environments out of and into which texts are

being written.

 

 

Currently, I'm working on punctuation in culture and literature, especially Renaissance works. But any quirky wayward punctuation is fascinating to me!

 

 

Repetition, rhetoric, theories of versification, and questions of typography and mise-en-page regularly feature in my thinking about early modern literature.

 

 

I also write about translation issues, the relationship between music and poetry, and how the sciences and humanities can co-operate with integrity and interdisciplinary respect.

 

 

PAST PROJECTS

 

After my PhD, I worked on a project led by Professor Lukas Erne at the University of Geneva, translating and editing a German version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew from 1672.

 

 

The outcome will include two volumes published by Arden Bloomsbury, including the English translation, edition, and critical introduction of the German versions of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, and The Taming of the Shrew.

 

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                                              CURRENT PROJECTS

 

                                                 I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the                                                              University of Sheffield, looking at the bracket in

                                                 early modern literature.

 

 

                                                 I examine the typographical sign itself, and what

                                                 it might have meant on a sentence level, as well

                                                 as the significance of a parenthetical mindset for

                                                 early modern writing.

 

 

Why did writers of the Renaissance show an excessive use of brackets?

Was there a difference between printed and manuscript texts?

Did certain genres magnetically encourage lots of brackets?

 

 

    

                   I'm also working on a book about refrains in sixteenth-century

                   literature which is based on my PhD research. Refrains are (more

                   or less) identical repetitions of lines at (more or less) fixed places

                   in poems and songs. Think of 'We Will Rock You' by Queen. 

                   This research engages with questions of recurrence, memory,

                   oral traditions, senses of community, sound, and intertextuality.