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’.

Reviews in the Weekly Standard (25/4/16) and Times Literary Supplement, (9/6/16)

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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).


‘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


‘“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



‘Letters from Home: Wartime Correspondences’, in The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War and the Arts (Edinburgh University Press, summer 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 and the Great War in Metaphor’, commissioned for Special Issue of Modernist Cultures, ‘Modernism and the First World War’ (summer 2017), ed. by Andrew Frayn (peer-reviewed journal article, 7500 words)

This article examines the military discourse that Katherine Mansfield appropriated in her letters, focusing on three particular letter clusters from 1915, 1918 and 1919. I argue that the First World War and its accompanying rhetoric provided an important stimulus for Mansfield’s writing and later functioned as a counter-trope for her own personally more serious battle with illness. Both Mansfield’s deliberate and unintentional incorporation of military discourse in her correspondence resulted in a hybridized figurative language – an example of what Allyson Booth has called elsewhere ‘civilian modernism’ – which was significant for Mansfield’s later literary development, and more broadly for our understanding of literary modernism.

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.