I am currently a Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Robinson College (University of Cambridge). I teach across a wide range of papers, including Practical Criticism, Early Medieval Literature, Medieval Literature, Shakespeare and Tragedy. In addition to this, I am also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculties of Divinity and Italian.
My undergraduate degree was in English at Clare College (University of Cambridge), followed by an MPhil in European Literature and Culture. I have also completed a CELTA qualification and have taught both English and Italian language for a number of years.
My PhD thesis explored the interconnections between Samuel Beckett and Dante (“On Reading Rightly Wrongly: Towards Samuel Beckett’s ‘Syntax of Weakness'”). I then completed a Masters in Education in Arts, Creativity, Education and Culture, during which I researched qualitative research methods in a collaborative arts journal (“Practising A/r/tography: Finding a Voice within the Journey of a Collaborative Arts Journal”).
I have specific interests in translation, the interconnections between theology, ethics and literature, and the ways in which genre can inflect the questions posed by literary works. I am currently working on the relationships between literature, rhetoric, and both expressions of, and responses to, emotion in the Medieval period. More specifically, this work is structured around the intersections between Virgilian ‘pietas’, Dantean ‘pietà’ and Chaucerian ‘pitee’, in turn exploring the role of the vernacular (and translation) in the formation of community.