My research focuses on women’s historical fiction, including popular romance fiction. I work across canonical and popular texts and draw connections between contemporary romance novels and precursors in amatory fiction and sentimental novels. I am particularly interested in representations of love as a personal experience, as a civic virtue, and as a radical ethic, and by questions of sexuality, domesticity and citizenship.


Ph.D. English, Trinity College Dublin, 2010.

Doctoraal (combined BA and MA) English language and literature, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2006. Cum laude

Other Publications


·       “Remembering Love: Parsons-Yazzie’s Historical Romance Novel and the (Re)writing of Navajo History.” The Routledge Companion to Romantic Love. Ed. Ann Brooks. Routledge, 2021.

·       “A ‘Lingua Unicornis’: Elizabeth Bishop and Anthropomorphism.” Contemporary Literature, 59.4 (Winter 2018).

·       “Public Conflicts and Private Treaties in Kathleen Eagle’s Fire and Rain.Romancing the Other: Essays on Love, Language, Place and Identity in Popular Culture. Edited by Mª Isabel González-Cruz, María Ramos-García & Laura Vivanco. Lexington Books, 2020.

·       “’The central hollowness’: James Merrill and the Annihilation of the Self.” Arizona Quarterly 73.2 (2017).

·       “Mondiale romantiek in Leila Aboulela’s The Translator en Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.” Kolonialisme. Special issue of Ex Tempore 3 (Winter 2015).

·       “The New York Poems of Galway Kinnell.” New Perspectives on American Poetry from Walt Whitman to the Present. Ed. Jiri Flajsar. Olomouc: Palacky University Press, 2015.

·       Review of Melville: Fashioning in Modernity by Stephen Matterson, Irish Journal for American Studies (2015)

·       Review of English as a Vocation: The Scrutiny Movement by Christopher Hilliard. Tijdschrift voor Tijdschriftstudies 35 (Summer 2014).

·       PhD Thesis: Writing ‘that animal darkness’: Galway Kinnell, Gary Snyder, James Merrill  –Available here: http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/75395


Blog Posts


    I am currently working a study of gendered conceptions of citizenship and cultural heritage in historical romance fiction, addressing the ways in which female readers read and imagine themselves into a history of Britishness and Christianity in which they have long held second-class citizenship.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences


    ·      “Her History, Her Romance: Evangeline Parsons Yazzie’s Náábéého/Diné historical romance series.” Popular Culture Association: Washington DC, 17-20 April 2019

    ·      “‘You stayed’: Love, law and the reservation in Jenna Kernan’s Apache Protectors series” Think Globally, Love Locally? The 7th International Conference on Popular Romance Studies, Macquary University, Sydney, 27-29 June 2018

    ·      “Private Treaties: The Double Plot of Kathleen Eagle’s Fire and Rain”Intern. Sem. on Languages and Cultures in Contact, Universidad de LPGC, 21-23 June 2017

    ·      “The New York Poems of Galway Kinnell”2015 IAAS Conference: “Sight Unseen,” Trinity College Dublin, 23-24 April 2015

    ·      “Trauma, Redemption and Language in Galway Kinnell’s “When the Towers Fell” and “Avenue C.” Conference: “Searching For Culture,” Palacky University, Czech Republic, 16-17 October 2014

    ·      “‘The central hollowness’: James Merrill and the Annihilation of the Self” 2014 EAAS Conference: “America: Justice, Conflict, War,” The Hague, 3-6 April 2014



    Love Research Network

    International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR)

    Popular Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

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