I teach classes in English Literature, and am interested in what novels, plays, and poems can tell us about the world of the past and about our own time. I love reading, and I love talking with other people about the things that we have read, sharing opinions, and looking closely at a writer’s style and ideas.
The BISC is a great place to study English Literature because it offers students the chance to engage directly with some of the places within which some great English works were first imagined. You don’t have to be studying in a castle to appreciate the literature of the Middle Ages, of course, or to be studying close to a great literary city like London to read about it, but sometimes it’s a rare opportunity to be able to do so!
My favourite Experiential Learning moments are when a visit to a particular location or event suddenly gives students a new way of thinking about a text or a greater appreciation of what the author was trying to do in writing it. I value those moments when our reading can become ‘real’ for us.
For me, teaching at the Castle is all about introducing students to the ideas and work of a range of writers and helping them to develop their own responses as they become more confident in the discipline of studying English Literature.
My recent publications include a chapter on Travel Writing before and after World War 2 (in the 2018 Edinburgh University Press essay collection Rural Modernities) and an essay on English nostalgia in Carey Fleiner and Dene October’s book Doctor Who and History (McFarland Press, 2017)