My principal research interest is home tour travel writing from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century, and I have published a monograph entitled Women Writing the Home Tour, 1682-1812 (Ashgate, 2008). My current research focuses upon representations of the British coastline in travel writing, arguing that a detailed consideration of travel accounts and their interaction with novelistic and poetic texts both deepens and complicates our understanding of the status and meaning of the coast and shoreline as social spaces in this period. I am also co-editing Travel Writing: 100 Keywords with Charles Forsdick and Kate Walchester (forthcoming with Anthem). Other areas of interest are the representations of landscape and space in literature, eighteenth-century descriptive poetry, and early modern scribal culture, and I would be happy to supervise postgraduate work in any of these fields.
Women Writing the Home Tour, 1682-1812 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008)
'Travellers and Tourists', in The Routledge Companion to Travel Writing, ed. Carl Thompson (London and New York: Routledge, 2015), pp.237-45.
‘“Ever restless waters”: Female Identity and Coastal Space in Charlotte Smith’s The Young Philosopher’, in Gender and Space in Britain, 1660-1820, ed. Karen Gevirtz and Mona Narain (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014), pp.101-15.
‘Beside the Seaside: Mary Morgan’s Tour to Milford Haven, in the Year 1791’, in Travel Writing and Tourism in Britain and Ireland, ed. by Benjamin Colbert (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp.31-49.
‘“Tis Fancy’s Land to which Thou set’st thy Feet”: the Oriental Eclogues and “Ode to a Friend on his Return &c”’, in William Collins, ed. by Paul Foster (Otter Memorial Paper 26 University of Chichester, 2009), pp. 125-34.
‘“In moody sadness, on the giddy brink”: Liminality in Home Tour Travel Narratives’, Mapping Liminalities: Thresholds in Cultural and Literary Texts, ed. by Lucy Kay, Zoë Kinsley, Terry Phillips and Alan Roughley (Bern: Peter Lang, 2007), pp.41-67.
"William Gilpin at the Coast: A New Perspective on Picturesque Travel Writing", The Review of English Studies (2016), doi: 10.1093/res/hgw095.
'Narrating Travel, Narrating the Self: Considering Women’s Travel Writing as Life-Writing', in Writ from the Heart? Women's Life Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century. Special Issue of The Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, ed. by Jacqueline Pearson, 90:2 (Autumn 2014): pp.67-84.
‘Travel and Material Culture: Commodity, Currency, and Destabilised Meaning in Women’s Home Tour Writing’, Studies in Travel Writing, 10/2 (2006), 101-22.
‘Dorothy Richardson’s Manuscript Travel Journals (1761-1801) and the Possibilities of Picturesque Aesthetics’, The Review of English Studies, New Series 56:226 (September 2005), 611-31.
‘Landscapes “Dynamically in Motion”: Revisiting Questions of Structure and Agency in Thomson’s The Seasons’, Papers on Language and Literature, 41:1 (Winter 2005), 3-25.
‘Considering the Manuscript Travelogue: The Journals of Dorothy Richardson (1761-1801)’, Prose Studies, 26:3 (December 2003), 414-31.
‘Mary Morgan’s Tour to Milford Haven and Sarah Scott’s Millenium Hall: Representations of Female Charity and the Example of Elizabeth Montagu’, Eighteenth-Century Women, 3 (2003), 199-224.
"Collins, William". The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789, ed. Gary Day and Jack Lynch (Blackwell, 2015), Blackwell Reference Online. http://www.literatureencyclopedia.com/subscriber/tocnode.html?id=g9781444330205_chunk_g97814443302057_ss1-26