After brief thoughts of a career in clinical psychology, I returned to my first love—English literature—earning an MA at the University of Alberta in 2000 and a PhD at Dalhousie University in 2004. The following year, I arrived at Laurier and began teaching courses in British Romantic literature, literary theory and, more recently, ecocriticism.
Teaching, I find, helps to keep one relatively young, and when that fails (as occasionally it does), I opt for leisurely walks in the country, lung-busting bike rides in the city, and games of soccer, wherever they may transpire.
My research began in Romantic aesthetics (the sublime, to be precise) but it has in recent years shifted to representations of pedestrianism, memory and ecology in the 18th and 19th centuries. I am interested, in short, in how the Romantics moved through nature and how the nature of those movements affected their relation to the world and to one another. Although historically oriented, these speculations have particular relevance to life in the digital age; indeed, they offer a foundation for interrogating our preoccupation with speed and the relentless mediations of technology.
I am happy to supervise graduate students in any area of British Romantic literature.
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