My research focuses on the intersection of queerness and medicine in the monstrous or transformational body, particularly in nineteenth-century gothic British literature. Other interests include Victorian queer culture, the supernatural, and depictions of the metaphoric Other in contemporary film and television. My current work centres on the literary and historical genealogy of homoerotic vampirism.
I examine nineteenth-century depictions of vampiric bodies (diseased, decayed, distorted) in tandem with emergent medical discourses on sexuality, race, and gender. Identity is strongly tied to the body, so how do conceptions of identity shift when presented in a monstrous body, and what if this body is medicalized?