I am a researcher and writer, currently living in Canada, where I have taught courses ranging from literary theory & cultural studies to English composition. This blog is a florilegium of collected ideas, but it is also a place where I organize thoughts and observations, and connect research life with the quotidian things I love outside work. More importantly, it is the place where I begin to dapple with creative writing and consider life beyond the ivory tower.
While I was an undergrad, I wanted to be a psychologist, but after spending 2 years volunteering in depression labs and reading the criminal profiles of psychopaths, I knew I’d much rather spend my life studying the creative forces of humankind and not the destructive ones. So I decided to concentrate on my second major, English literature, and went on to study at the University of Cambridge – those were definitely romantic days filled with punting on the river and singing Les Mis songs with friends in the quiet cloisters of medieval colleges. From the banks of the Cam I proceeded to that great metropolis, London, where I completed my doctoral studies. London is the most incomparable archive any student of literature or urban history could ever hope for; the city is the best lecture theatre, and it remains my ‘moveable feast’.