I work primarily on Latin poetry, with particular interests in Catullus, Ovid, Virgil and Horace. Much of my work is concerned with formal aspects of literary texts: the research questions that I address often involve voice or subjectivity, intertextuality, mode and genre, referentiality, and related ways in which a text negotiates its relationships with its readers and with reality. I am also interested in the ways in which classical texts have been read and interpreted in the past, not least by their earliest Greek and Roman readers.
I am currently completing a commentary on Catullus 64, with newly edited text, to appear in the Cambridge University Press series Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries (the ‘orange’ series). This has received support via a Research Fellowship (Early Career) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Following a successful international conference in September 2015 on metalepsis in classical literature, a volume that I co-edited with Sebastian Matzner, Metalepsis: Ancient Texts, New Perspectives, has just been published by Oxford University Press. I am working on an article about the gods in Ovid’s exile poetry, and my next major project will be concerned with the distinctive personal names (‘Lycidas’, ‘Corydon’ etc.) of pastoral literature.