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I write about modern literature and culture (from the late eighteenth century to the present), critical theory, media studies and aesthetics. I’ve published monographs and essays on romanticism and the public sphere, colonial and contemporary Australian literature, popular fiction in late Victorian Britain, and critical theory. I’ve also published a couple of novels. Most recently I’ve been working on the relationship between literature, technological media and the culture industry. The book I’m currently writing, Tales of the Avant-Garde, is about the mythopoetic dimension of modern aesthetic experience.
Popular Literature, Authorship and the Occult in Late Victorian Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
Christos Tsiolkas and the Fiction of Critique: Politics, Obscenity, Celebrity (London: Anthem Press, 2015)
Marcus Clarke’s Bohemia: Literature and Modernity in Colonial Melbourne (Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press, 2004).
Cultural Politics in the 1790s: Literature, Radicalism and the Public Sphere (London: Macmillan Press, 1999).
Tales of the Avant-Garde