I love to think about literature in a historicized way that criss-crosses genres and even disciplines. My research concentrates on making connections among literature, music and other aspects of Victorian life, including liberalism; sociability; women's culture; identities of class and ethnicity; and discourses of science (e.g., evolutionary biology, mesmerism, multiple consciousness, group management, and theories of memory and identity). The result is a sense of nineteenth-century British poetry, fictional and non-fictional prose, opera and life writing as partaking in a richly interactive intellectual and cultural history. I consider innovations in style and technique as crucial to that literary content.
My scholarly program thus engages with diversities of form and identity. In terms of the latter, I have an ongoing curiousity about nineteenth-century power structures that pay attention to marginalized peoples. To communicate this rich variety, my work takes the form of both traditional print publication and open access digital resources.