Critical Edition:

Critical Edition of Edith Wharton’s Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort (Edinburgh University Press, December 2015), includes my introduction ‘Wharton in Wartime’ (12 000 words)

My critical edition of Edith Wharton’s First World War reportage, Fighting France was published by Edinburgh University Press (and Oxford University Press in the US) in late 2015, with an extensive critical apparatus, restored original photographs and significant new archival material from Yale and Princeton. My introduction argues for what I term Wharton’s ‘uncomfortable propaganda’.

Reviewed in the Weekly Standard (25/4/16), Times Literary Supplement, (9/6/16), Oxford Culture Review (22/7/16), and Edith Wharton Review (33.1, 2017)

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In February 2016 I organised a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Wharton in Wartime’, which included myself, Hermione Lee, Shafquat Towheed and Elleke Boehmer (podcast available here and review of event in Oxford Culture Review here)


Articles and Book Chapters:

‘Letters from Home: Wartime Correspondences’, in The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War and the Arts (Edinburgh University Press, June 2017), ed. by Ann-Marie Einhaus and Katherine Baxter (book chapter, 7500 words)

See the book and the list of contributors here.


‘Mansfield Mobilised: Katherine Mansfield, the First World War and Military Discourse’, Special Issue of Modernist Cultures, Vol. 12,  ‘Modernism and the First World War’ (Edinburgh University Press, March 2017), ed. by Andrew Frayn, pp. 78-97 (peer-reviewed journal article, 8500 words)


‘“Can one grow used to death?”: Deathbed Scenes in Great War Nurses’ Narratives’, in The Great War: From Memory to History, ed. by Jonathan Vance, Alicia Robinet and Steven Marti (Wilfred Laurier University Press, September 2015), pp. 329-49


‘Katherine Mansfield, War Writer’, Introduction to Katherine Mansfield Studies, Vol. 6: Katherine Mansfield and the First World War, guest ed. by Alice Kelly and Isobel Maddison (Edinburgh University Press, September 2014), 1-10


Public Scholarship:

'The American Friends - Nurse, Suffragette, War Writer: Ellen N. La Motte's Life in Letters' (Times Literary Supplement, 29 March 2017, 4000 words)


‘An Unknown First World War Story by Wharton’ (Times Literary Supplement, 6 November 2015), pp. 15-16

Article and story available here.

My article on ‘The Field of Honour’, an entirely unknown war story by Edith Wharton that I discovered in the Beinecke Library at Yale, appeared in the Times Literary Supplement in November 2015 and generated international media coverage, including The Atlantic, the New York Times and the New Criterion, and has since been translated into multiple languages and adopted onto syllabi in the US and the UK. The article was discussed on various American radio shows (BookRiot, MPR News) and promoted by the President’s Committee of the Arts in the US.

International media coverage: Oxford Arts Blog, The New Criterion’s Critic's Notebook, The Atlantic, New York Times, Yale News, Jezebel, The Smithsonian's Smart News, Mental Floss, Livres Hebdo, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Bustle, BookRiot, Libertad Digital, MPR News


Articles on Writing Practices and Career Development

'Please, Sir, I Want Some More Employment: Applying for UK Jobs', a four-part series for Karen Kelsky's The Professor Is in Blog

This series is designed for both UK applicants and those applying from abroad. It covers how to navigate the different types of universities in the UK, the types of jobs you might apply to, and the schedule of applications; the current academic landscape, primarily the unknown, utterly unquantifiable impact of Brexit and the opposing total quantification of publications through the REF; the language, length and structure of UK cover letters; and the interview and the multiple forms it might take.


'How to Make Writing in the Humanities Less Lonely' (Times Higher Education, 2 March 2017), p. 30 - article about devising and leading my TORCH Academic Writing Group

Coverage on the Oxford Arts Blog


Shorter Work

‘Guide to Further Reading’, compiled with Santanu Das, in The Cambridge Companion to the Poetry of the First World War, ed. by Das (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 269-80


“‘Fragments of a Great Confusion”: Reading Death in Women’s First World War Writing’, plenary talk from the 2013 Southern Connecticut State University Graduate Conference, Text in Context: A Graduate Student Journal, No. 1 (Autumn 2013), 38-45


‘Wharton at War’, online piece accompanying my lecture at Edith Wharton’s home (April 2013):


‘Revising Trauma: Death, Stillbirth and the Great War in H.D.’s Fiction’, in H.D.’s Web, ed. by Maria Stadter Fox, No. 4 (August 2009), 27-67:


Book Reviews

I regularly review books and have previously reviewed for Modernism/Modernity, Virginia Woolf Studies, Modern Language Review, Journal of British Studies and the Cambridge Quarterly. See my CV for details.