Most of my research to date has been on classical literature and its reception in later European culture. In this context I have published a monograph on the Eclogues of the Roman poet Virgil, co-edited a book on the relationship between Romanticism and Roman antiquity, and published articles and book chapters on the reception of the classical world by figures such as Dante Alighieri, Brian Friel, Joseph Brodsky, August Wilhelm and Friedrich Schlegel, and Percy Shelley. A common theme of this work has been the ways in which classical and post-classical authors alike have turned to the natural world in order to characterise their engagement with the literary tradition and position their own writings within it.
My current research projects fall into roughly three clusters. The first of these concerns the early modern reception of classical antiquity – especially Shakespeare’s and especially in The Tempest. The second involves a proposed sequence of studies of the Welsh poet R. S. Thomas, while the third consists at one and the same time of a theoretical interrogation of the affective and cognitive qualities of literary form and the construction of a suite of online digital resources to help students engage with and interpret these qualities in practical and illuminating ways.