I am Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Sussex. My research explores intersections between literature and science in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Anglophone culture. My PhD and first monograph interrogated the intellectual traffic between popular fiction and theories of the evolution of language in the late nineteenth century. I have recently completed a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, the research for which considers how literary culture in the long nineteenth century interacted with biological concepts of mimicry and disguise, such as insect camouflage and cross-species resemblances.

Publications – Monographs

Nature’s Tricks: Biology, Mimicry and Disguise in Anglophone Literature and Culture, 1815-1915 (forthcoming).

English Fiction and the Evolution of Language, 1850-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, May 2015).

Edited Collections

Underwater Worlds: Aquatic Visions in Art, Science and Literature (Palgrave Macmillan [submitted]).

Journal guest-editor, ‘Reading and Replicating Bodies: Mimicry in Medicine and Culture’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 24 (Spring 2017 [forthcoming]).

Co-editor, Strange New Today conference essay collection, Journal of Victorian Culture Online, (2013).

Articles and Book Chapters

‘Brutal Visions: Mimicry, Biosemiotics and the Animal/Human Binary in Thomas Belt’s The Naturalist in Nicaragua‘, Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, 4.1 (2017).

‘Philology, Anglo-Saxonism and National Identity’, Oxford Handbook of Medievalism, Joanne Parker, Corinna Wagner (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018 [forthcoming])

‘Animal Cunning: Deceptive Nature and Truthful Science in Charles Kingsley’s Natural Theology’, Victorian Studies, 1 (2015), 34-56.

‘Language Decay and Creation in Apocalyptic Fiction’, in Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culture: Post-Millennial Perspectives on the End of the World, eds. Monica Germana, Aris Mousoutzanis & Christopher Daley (London: Routledge, 2014), 193-205.

‘His Father’s Voice: Phonographs and Heredity in the Fiction of Samuel Butler’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth-Century, 18 (2014),

‘To Make a New Tongue: Natural and Manufactured Language in the Late Fiction of William Morris’, The Journal of Victorian Culture, 17:4 (2012), 397-412 [contributed to Oxford’s 2014 REF].

‘Race and Species Essentialism in Nineteenth-Century Philology’, Critical Quarterly, 53:4 (2011), 45-60 [contributed to Oxford’s 2014 REF].

‘Philology and the Narrator as Time-Traveller in Hardy’s Wessex Tales’, The Thomas Hardy Society Journal, 6:2 (2010), 71-81 [contributed to Oxford’s 2014 REF].

Book Reviews and Conference Reports

Review of Visions of Science: Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014) by James A. Secord, American Historical Review, 121:3 (2016), 1023-24.

Review of Autobiologies: Charles Darwin and the Natural History of the Self (Bucknell University Press, 2014) by Alexis Harley, Writing from Below, 3.1 (2016).

Review of John van Wyhe (ed.), Alfred Russel Wallace, The Malay Archipelago (University of Singapore Press, 2015), Archives of Natural History 43:1 (2016), 174-75.

Review of Alfred Russel Wallace: Explorer, Evolutionist, Public Intellectual – A Thinker for our Times? (Manchester: Siri Scientific Press, 2013) by Ted Benton, Archives of Natural History, 42:2 (2015), 364-65.

Review of Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity, eds. Bernard Lightman, Gowan Dawson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), Victorian Review, 41:2 (2016 [forthcoming]).

Review of The Literary and Cultural Reception of Darwin in Europe, volumes III and IV, eds. Thomas F. Glick and Elinor Shaffer (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), Victoriographies, 6:2 (2016 [forthcoming]).

Review of The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy, Volume VIII: Further Letters, eds. Michael Millgate and Keith Wilson (Clarendon Press: Oxford, 2012), Proceedings of the Dorset Archaeology and History Society, 135 (2014), 30-32.

Review of Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing, 1848-1939 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012) by Christine Ferguson, Victoriographies, 4:1 (2014), 79-81.

Review of Literature after Darwin: Human Beasts in Western Fiction, 1859-1939 by Virginia Richter (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), British Society of Literature and Science Online (, 2011.

Conference report, ‘Hardy at Yale II’, The Hardy Review, 13:2 (2011), 100-105.

Events Organizing

May 2015-present, co-founded and run BAVS Talks, an annual day of filmed (and webcast) lectures by leading Victorianists, in association with the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS). Previous BAVS Talks were at the University of Oxford and the University of Sussex.

September 2015, organized conference Underwater Worlds: Aquatic Visions in Art, Science and Literature, University of Oxford.

March 2015, organized workshop, Reading and Replicating Bodies: Mimicry in Medicine and Culture, University of Oxford.

September 2011, co-organized conference, Strange New Today: Victorians, Crisis and Response, University of Exeter.