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I earned my doctorate in English at New College, Oxford, where my dissertation explored the practice of adapting “the English canon” for child readers. I’ve taught papers on Shakespeare, feminist theory, modern literature, and writing, and I'm also interested in the process of secular exegesis and the relationship between literature and science. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher on 'Canonicity, Obscenity, and the Making of Modern Chaucer' (COMMode Chaucer) at the University of Bern.

My writing has appeared in various places, including the Times Literary Supplement and Southwest Contemporary. In 2016, I received the Norman Mailer National Writing Award, and I am a regular contributor to Parallax, based at the Santa Fe Institute. Someday I will write a research blog, to which you can subscribe if you like. It will probably involve a great deal of whale content, along with some children’s literature and conceptual metaphor theory. 

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