Theoretical approaches to literature and art history
narratives and apocalyptic figuration in Medieval beast literature
narrative construction in Old French epic and Medieval and Renaissance analogues
Troubadour poetry and parallels in narrative design of other genres
Pimordialism, beast/bird references imagery, political references and designs in troubadour poetry
literary tradition and Thomas Hobbes Historia Ecclesiastica
issues in modernism
expression and configuration of light in the works of Stephane Mallarmé
Old Icelandic literature
the theory and practice of literary translation
• “ Hybrid Machines in World War I: Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and the art of Henri-Gaudier-Brzeska and Sophie Brzeska” [Brzeska Archive, Special Collections, Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex-Wivenhoe Park} for presentation at “Robots—Androïdes—Machines:]les automates entre la magie et la technique en Littérature depuis l’Antiquité”, 25-31 May, Bologna, Italy,
• ‘Journal d'une Âme en Crise: l'écriture des rites funèbres de Sophie Brzeska’ presented at Translatio i Historia idei Instytut Lingwistyki Stosowanej, University of Warsaw, 19-21 October 2017; based on Brzeska archive, Special Collections, Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex-Wivenhoe Park, included Powerpoint presentation of the Essex Archive manuscript
• “Paths to Tragedy: Nietzsche, Shakespeare, World War I in Sophie Brzeska’s Journal (1915) “Shakespeare and Nietzsche” (includes 46 slide Powerpoint presentation) 2 September 2017, program for academics and general public, organised and sponsored by U of Kingston and Garrick’s Temple Committee. My presentation was based on my work in the Brzeska archive, Special Collections, Albert Sloman Library, U of Essex-Wivenhoe Park.
Brzeska Archive: Avant-Garde Modernism and Feminism
Gaudier-Brzeska Archive, Albert Sloman Library
I have been working on the Gaudier-Brzeska Archive since attending a lecture on it in the Special Collections Room of the library in 2016. I developed a presentation on the Archive, 'Paths to Tragedy: Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Sophie Brzeska's Journal' for the Garrick's Temple/University of Kingston 'Shakespeare and Nietzche" international conference 1September 2017, conference presentation on it :" Journal d'une Âme en Crise: l'écriture des rites funèbres de Sophie Brzeska", Translatio i Historia idei Instytut Lingwistyki Stosowanej, University of Warsaw, 19-21 October 2017 /for the Translatio and History of Ideas at the U of Warsaw and have now submitted that as article and had it accepted for publication in the conference volume (November 2018). I also presented a paper on it, "Hybrid Machines: Shakespeare's Coriolanus and the art and writings of Henri Gaudier Brzeska and Sophie Brzeska' at an international conference "Machines et Automates' at the U of Bologna, May 2018.I plan to submit that paper as an article in March 2019.
Fantasy Literature and Medieval and Modernist contexts
While I have long been interested int the medieval and modernist contexts for Fantasy literature and have read extensively in the area, my research interest in this area crystallised when I attended and presented a paper on troubadour poetry the international conference 'L'Ailleurs' at the Université Littoral-Côte Opale in November 2018.
Operas and Literary Context: Wagner
While I have a long standing interest and background/publication in opera studies and the literary context, I have recently begun to focus on the literary context for Wagner. I was invited to and attended an international conference, "Wagner and Shakespeare' at the Wagner Museum in Venice in November 2018 sponsored by the Società Richard Wagner di Venezia, 28-30 November 2018.
Opera and Literature