My work is concerned with the connection between landscape, sexuality, and violence in popular writing from Greek tragedy to contemporary horror, crime, and thriller. I am also interested in contemporary experimental poetry and hybrid writing that repurposes the tropes of crime, thriller, and horror fiction. The 'Deadly Landscapes' portfolio uses images, text, and video to demonstrate the thematic and formal concerns of my work.
My current monograph Luminol Theory argues for a forensic humanities to uncover violent, genocidal histories in colonised landscapes by reading contemporary poetry alongside works by Ovid and Lucretius. I have also published two experimental novels (The Museum of Atheism and The Luminol Reels) that fuse landscape and sexual violence in critical opposition to the tradition of Ovid's Metamorphoses. This work on radical Classical receptions has led to a widening participation project with feminist reception scholar Holly Ranger.
I have recently edited a collection on popular cultural representations of sexual, gendered, and intimate violence titled Domestic Noir. My next two projects, a monograph and a work of creative nonfiction, are concerned with the long history of aestheticising young, female, corpses in literature, art, and cinema, by locating them in idyllic natural locations.
I am co-founder of an intersectional pedagogies network, with colleagues Sarah Artt and Tara Thomson, where my special focus is on the issue of teaching and assessing sexually violent content. I am also a participant in the Translating Pain AHRC project, organised by Sara Wasson, using hybrid and experimental techniques in my own creative and critical practice in order to represent the traumatic and unresolved nature of pain. Finally, in collaboration with Jodie Kim, I am developing Hex Publishing, a project that fuses the occult, weird botany, and responses to sexualised violence.
I teach creative writing and literature at the University of East Anglia.