My teaching and research is focused on twentieth- and twenty-first-century British fiction, with a particular emphasis on literary modernism. My previous research explored the legacies of French naturalism on British authors (James Joyce, George Orwell, J.G. Ballard and Ian McEwan), examining the ways in which influence endures and mutates as it crosses national borders. My current project focusses on depictions of the erotic in the writings of Djuna Barnes, Mary Butts, Katherine Mansfield and Jean Rhys. My work reveals that the invocation of the erotic by these female writers was crucial to the development of modernism as a literary movement.