I’ve been interested for a long time in literature and cognition, within a broad chronological period encompassing Old English literature and contemporary speculative and hypertext fiction. I’ve worked on ideas related to the history of mathematics, especially calculus and decision theory; circulating credit as a theological metaphor in the seventeenth century; islands, cities, and distorted topographies; riddles, paradoxes, and the mapping of one kind of ignorance onto another; fiction and technology; and methods of modelling the inconceivable. All these topics relate to the idea that knowledge acquisition is often a non-cumulative, nonlinear, alogical process, in which the mind must endorse certain imprecisions in order to conceive of otherwise inaccessible truth.
- PhD English, Princeton University, 2019
- MA Renaissance Literature, University of York, 2011
- MA (Hons) English, University of St Andrews, 2009
- “To snare among the briars”: sensory data and two early literary influences on In Parenthesis, Journal of Modern Literature, Volume 43, Number 4, Summer 2020.
- Housel and hyhtplega: The Play of the Eucharist in the Exeter Book, Neophilologus, 2019.