I am a Departmental Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature, and a Lecturer in Classics at Corpus Christi College.
My research is concerned with how texts respond to and shape metaphysical and theological issues. My doctoral thesis argued that Milton’s portrayal of fate in Paradise Lost is shaped by his engagement with issues of human and divine freedom in Homer, Vergil, Lucretius, Lucan, and Statius.
More generally, I am interested in how literary texts negotiate questions of human agency, and in the imagery used to depict human subjectivity and perception.
Latin epic, Latin didactic, esp. Lucretius, Milton, Early Modern classical reception.
I teach Latin language and literature at Corpus Christi College and for the Faculty of Classics. Papers I teach include Vergil, Ovid, Latin Texts and Contexts, Latin Core, Epic Link, Tacitus and Tiberius, and the Reception of Classical Literature in Poetry in English since 1900. I have also taught various Greek language and literature options.
‘Lucretian Subversion: Animal Speech and Misplaced Wonder in Paradise Lost 9.549–66’, Milton Quarterly, forthcoming 2018.
‘Milton’s Olympian Dialogue: Rereading the First Council Scene in Heaven (Paradise Lost 3.56–343)’. International Journal of the Classical Tradition 22.2, 2015, 209–222.
Review of Czeslaw Milosz: Native Realm. A Search for Self-Definition and Czeslaw Milosz: Selected and Last Poems, 1931-2004, London 2014. Translation and Literature 24.1, 2015, 131–5.
Lucretian Subversion: Animal Speech and Misplaced Wonder in Paradise Lost 9.549-66
Milton’s Olympian Dialogue: Rereading the First Council Scene in Heaven (Paradise Lost III.56–343)