I teach mainly eighteenth-century literature, and more specifically the uses of the eighteenth century in cinema. During the course of my masters seminar, we look at theories of adaptation, at discourse on cinema, as well as at transpositions of historical periods. We analyse parallel scenes from films and novels to understand different modes of representation (we are not interested in ideas of the “authentic”…).

In 2014-5, we watched and studied:

It was understood that everyone had read the novels on which these films were based, so as to allow discussion.

In 2015-6, we will study:

This will give us an insight both into “canonical” novels of the eighteenth century, and their possible uses in different visual genres.

I also teach postcolonial literature, in particular Indian literature in English. I convene a postgraduate seminar in postcolonial theory.

Over the years I have taught, and still supervise, on theories of fiction, linguistic analysis of literary discourse, contemporary British fiction and on a variety of authors ranging from Shakespeare from Burney Conrad to Kureishi, etc.