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I joined the department as a lecturer in Digital Humanities in 2013 following an AHRC Early Career Fellowship at the Centre for the History of the Book (2012-2013). I hold a PhD in English Literature, awarded by the University of Edinburgh in 2009, and was Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the AHRC-funded project ‘Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition' at the University of Dundee between 2009 and 2011. In 2011, I designed and created ‘The Archive of Reading’, a follow-up project in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library. At the same time, I was also a Research Associate on the AHRC-funded knowledge exchange project ‘Making Our Connections: Collaboration, Community and the Exhibition of the Written Word’ at Edinburgh University. In Spring 2012, I was the Alfred W. and Blanche Knopf Visiting Fellow at the Harry Ransom Centre, University of Texas at Austin.
I am currently working on a monograph provisionally entitled The Bound Muse: Modernism, Bibliophilia and British Surrealism. Focused on modernist print culture, this research excavates a network of experimental small presses founded by poet-publishers in Paris and London between 1910 and 1940. The project examines the political underpinnings and aesthetic ambitions of these ventures, how they are influenced by and contribute to Surrealist aesthetics, and how they integrate and reconfigure the English model of Arts and Crafts publishing and the French tradition of the livre d’artiste. Alongside conducting substantial new archival work, I am also beginning to explore the potential of digital network analysis tools for visualising and analysing this historical field. Supported through the AHRC's 'Care for the Future' pathway, this project has also involved working with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to document the work of contemporary small press publishers and the ways in which this practice is adapting to and being shaped by digital technology.
My interest in practices and theories of collecting, archiving and curation has led to collaborative projects with various institutions. This year I have worked with Sophia Hao to co-curate an exhibition for the Centre for Artists' Books at the Visual Research Centre, Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee: 'A Book is a Performance' ran from 25 April 2013 to 26 May 2013. I am also currently working with the Modernist Versions Project, University of Victoria, Canada, to TEI encode Dorothy Richardson's modernist novel Pointed Roofs (1915).
As part of the 'Poetry Beyond Text' project team, I explored the relation between scientific methodology and literary criticism, and used digital eye-tracking technology to visualise readings of formally innovative poetry. I built a digital archive of these visualsations, funded by the AHRC, as part of a collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, and I have published on the relationship between scientific and literary analysis, and convergences between scientific and creative practices. This project also led to an interest in cognitive approaches to reception and reading, and I am a member of the steering group of an AHRC-funded network Cognitive Futures in the Humanities.
This article was published on Nov 26, 2012