Yale University, 1980-84

Exeter College, University of Oxford, 1984-89

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Autumn 1983

Independent Tuition in Ancient Greek: Sophocles’s Oedipus Cycle. University of Toronto, Summer 1983


Hons BA in Classical Languages and Literatures, magna cum laude, Yale University, June 1984

Hons BA in English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, BA, June 1986 (converted to MA, 1987)

DPhil, ‘The Influence of Virgil on Milton’s Style,’ supervised by Professors John Carey and Anthony Nuttall, University of Oxford, December 1989

Current Appointment

Head of Department of English, and Professor of Modern English Literature, University of Lausanne

Previous Appointments

Temporary Lecturer in English Literature, Exeter College, University of Oxford (1989-90)

Visiting Lecturer in English Literature, The Charles University, Prague (1990- 92)

Tutor in English Literature, Manchester College, University of Oxford (1992-93)

Tutor in English Literature, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London (1992-93)

Teaching Fellow (1993-94), Lecturer (1994- 2001), Senior Lecturer (2002-04), Reader (2005-08) in English Literature, University of Sheffield

Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature, University of Sheffield (2009-10)

Distinctions, Grants and Awards

Distinction in Latin Literature, Yale University 1984.

Amelia Jackson Scholarship, Exeter College, Oxford, 1986-1989 (doctoral research award)

Overseas Research Studentship, University of Oxford, 1987-89 (doctoral research award)

Quarrel Read Prize, for ‘contribution to college life’, Exeter College, Oxford, 1989

British Academy Overseas Conference Grant to deliver paper at 7th International Bakhtin Conference, Moscow Institute, 1995.

Arts and Humanities Research Leave Award, Oct – Jan 2004.

Fellowship stipendiary, Centre for Anglophone Studies, Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, Public lecture series on Crossover Literature, May – June 2007.

Consultancy grant, Open University, for a course on Crossover Literature, 2008.

ESRC grant to design and deliver interdisciplinary public workshop, “How to be Creative?”, Grant Festival of Social Science Week March 2009.

Subsidies awarded from Department of Chemistry, Harry Kroto Centre, Arts and Humanities Centre, and Vice-Chancellor of University of Sheffield to develop the Arts-Science Encounters, 16 interdisciplinary public events at the University of Sheffield, March – June 2010, and to commission original oil portraits of two Nobel-prize laureate Sheffield alumni chemists, 2009-2010.

Société du 450ème, University of Lausanne, subsidy for international SAMEMES (Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies) conference, ‘Literature, Medicine and Science in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods’, 2012.

Voted one of 30 ‘inspirational women’ at the University of Sheffield, featured in ‘Portrait of a Woman’, Festival of the Mind, Sheffield, 2013 <>

Awarded subsidy from International Relations Office, University of Lausanne, to devise and launch ‘Two-Lakes Romanticism’ to be taught jointly at Lancaster and Lausanne Universities, from 2016.

Learned Societies (current, unless otherwise indicated)

Executive Member, Réseau Lyrique, Interdisciplinary Network for the
Study of Lyric Poetry (from 2016)

Editorial Board, C21: A Journal of Twenty First Century Writings

Member, Réseau Européen d’Etudes Littéraires Comparées/European Network of Comparative Literary Studies

Member, Swiss Association of University Teachers of English (SAUTE)

International Member, British Comparative Literature Association

Member, Fiction-Network (UK)

Editorial Board, Children’s Literature in Education (2009-2011)

Executive Committee, British Comparative Literature Association (2004-2010)

Executive Committee, Modern Fiction Studies (2008-2010)

Current and upcoming Administration

Chair of English Department (présidente de la Section)

Head of Modern English Literature Domain, English Dept, University of Lausanne

Responsible, with Anita Auer (Head of Linguistics) for MA foreign student admissions

Elected Member of Conseil de Faculté, Faculty of Arts, University of Lausanne, from 2012.

Elected Member of Faculty Commission for Cours de Vacances, from 2015.

Former administration

Elected Member of Commission de Personnel de l’Unil, 2016.

Department Library Representative, 2014 – June 2016.

Coordinator, with Prof Denis Renevey, of English Department Research Seminar Series, 2014 – June 2016.

Member of Durabilité (Environmental Sustainability) Commission, University of Lausanne, 2012 – 2015

Programme Director of BA in English Literature, University of Sheffield, 2008-10

Instigator and principal co-ordinator, Arts-Science Encounters, University of Sheffield, 2009-10.

Organisation of Public Events at UNIL, Lausanne

Kathleen Jamie (University of Stirling), Poetry Reading, Fécule Festival, The Grange Theatre Foyer, University of Lausanne, 24 April 2013.

Don Paterson (University of St Andrews), Poetry Reading and Q&A, The Grange Theatre Foyer, University of Lausanne, 29 April 2015.

A 150th Year Anniversary Celebration of the Life and Works of W. B. Yeats, The Grange Theatre Foyer, University of Lausanne, 5 October 2015. With guest lectures by Professors Martin Hugo Leer (Geneva) and Kevin Curran (Lausanne), and music performed by Tail of the Gael, from County Sligo. Supported by the Irish Embassy of Lausanne.

Bernard O’Donoghue (Emeritus Professor of Medieval and Contemporary Poetry, Wadham College, University of Oxford), Poetry Reading and Q & A, University of Lausanne, 18 May 2016.

Irish Poetry, Music and Commemoration of 1916, The Grange Theatre foyer, University of Lausanne, 29 November 2016. With guest lecture by Professor Hugh Haughton (University of York) and music performed by Tail of the Gael, from County Sligo. Supported by the Irish Embassy of Lausanne.

Academic Conference Organisation

Member of organisation and selection committee for BCLA Triennial International Conference – Folly, 2-5 July 2007, Goldsmith’s College, London. Introduced keynote speaker, Alberto Manguel.

Member of organisation and selection committee for British Comparative Literature Association Triennial International Conference – Archive, at Kent University, 5-8 July 2010.

Co-organiser of SAMEMES (Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies) International Conference, Literature, Medicine and Science in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, University of Lausanne, 27-29 June 2012. With guest speaker Professor Heinrich Von Staden (Princeton University).

Co-organiser, with Prof Antonio Rodriguez (Unil) and Prof Ralph Mueller (Unifr), of CUSO conference, ‘Internationaliser les études lyriques’, Leysin & Grand Chalet, Kuklos, 6-7 Oct 2016.

Editor of International Conference Collections

Conference publication chief editor, Seventh International Bakhtin Conference, Moscow State Pedagogical University, July, 1995: selected and co-edited papers for publication.

Conference publication co-editor, Invention: Literature and Science, 10th International Conference, 12-15 July 2004, University of Leeds: selected and co-edited papers for publication.

Co-edited with Denis Renevey, ‘Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Medicine and Science’, selected and co-edited papers for publication in guest issue of SPELL, 2013.

Guest Speakers Invited to University of Lausanne

Professor John Drakakis, University of Stirling, ‘Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice‘, March 2011.

Professor David Pike, American University, ‘The Bunker Fantasy’, May 2011.

Professor Neil Roberts, University of Sheffield, ‘D H Lawrence and Mexico,’ Nov 2011.

Professor Thomas Honegger, University of Jena, ‘Tolkien and Fantasy Literature’, Student Fantasy Conference, May 2012.

Professor Neil Corcoran, King Alfred Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool, ‘Hamlet in the Cold War: Zbigniew Herbert’s “Elegy of Fortinbras” and its Contexts’, May 2013.

Professor Alan Riach, University of Glasgow, ‘Modern Scottish Poetry: Hit or Myth’, October 2013.

Don Paterson, Poet and Professor of English Literature, University of St Andrews, ‘Translation and Creativity’, English Department in Collaboration with SPEC Programme in Translation Studies, University of Lausanne, April 2015. Followed by public Poetry Reading and Q&A (see above).

Professor Jonathan Culler, University of Cornell. ‘Theory of the Lyric’, April 2016.

Professor Heather O’Donogue, University of Oxford. ‘Old Norse Myth and Some Contemporary Poets in English: Stainer, Jamie, Duhig and Paterson’, May 2016.

Professor Hugh Haughton, University of York. ‘“All changed”: Easter 1916 in Poetry Now and Then’, 29 Nov 2016.

Professor Matthew Bevis, University of Oxford. ‘Unknowing Lyric’, Interdisciplinary CUSO conference, ‘Internationaliser les études lyriques’, Leysin & Grand Chalet, Kuklos, 6-7 Oct 2016, Leysin, Oct 2016.

Simon Armitage (Oxford Professor of Poetry, Professor of Poetry at University of Sheffield), Workshop on translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl, Amphimax, University of Lausanne. 14 March 2017.

International Consultancy, Grant Assessment, and Reviewing

Peer Reviewer for Comparative Critical Studies, journal of the British Comparative Literature Association (UK, 2006 – 2011)

Assessor for Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK, 2007)

Evaluator for Killam Research Fellowship Selection Committee, Canada Council for the Arts: each two-year fellowship is worth $70,000 (Canada, 2007)

Assessor for John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (USA, 2007)

Member of Distinguished Professor Selection Committee, for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University (USA, 2007)

Consultant for Open University, Faculty of Education and Language Studies (UK, 2008)

Assessor for Palgrave Macmillan Publishing (UK, 2007-2009)

Reading Committee member for E-rea, Revue électronique d’études sur le monde anglophone (France, 2007- 2009)

Peer Reviewer for Children’s Literature in Education (UK, 2008 – 2012)

Peer Reviewer for Critical Engagements, Modern Fiction Studies Network (UK, 2009)

Assessor for Leverhulme Trust Research Awards (UK, 2011)

Peer Reviewer for Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (USA, 2011 – 2012)

Peer Reviewer for HARTS & Minds: Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and the Arts, University of Bristol (UK, 2013)

Referee for Leverhulme Trust Research Award for poet Kathleen Jamie (UK, 2013).

Peer Reviewer for Comparative Literature, University of Oregon (USA, 2014)

Peer Reviewer for C21: A Journal of Twenty-First Century Writings (UK, 2014)

Peer Reviewer for Lion and Unicorn (Canada, 2008, 2015)

Assessor for QS World University Rankings (UK, 2015)

Peer Reviewer for Children’s Literature, annual journal of Children’s Literature Association, University of Chicago (USA, 2016)

Peer Reviewer for SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature (2016)

Peer Reviewer for Anglia/Journal of English Philology (Augsburg, Germany, 2016)

External Assessor for appointment of Professor of Children’s Literature, Newcastle University (UK, 2016)

Peer Reviewer for Yale University Press (London branch, 2016)

Peer Reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan (Basingstoke, UK, 2016)

International Examining and Quality Assessment

External Examiner, BA in English Literature, University of Derby (2001-04)

External Quality Assessor, Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln University (2002)

External Examiner, MA in Humanities, Liverpool Hope University (2006-2010)

External Examiner, MLitt in Children’s Lit, University of Newcastle (2009-2011)

External Examiner, MA in Comparative Lit, Goldsmith’s College, London (2010-2012)

Keynote Addresses and Invited Guest Lectures

‘Crossover Literature: definitions, boundaries, and educational possibilities’, Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/ American Culture Associations Annual Conference, New Mexico, March 2001.

‘Hell and Back: the Katabatic Imagination,’ keynote address for Undergrounds, a British Comparative Literature Conference, University of Manchester, Jan 2003.

‘Tolkien, Dante and Crossover Epic,’ Tenth Annual NCRCL/British IBBY Conference, Books and Boundaries: Writers and their Audiences, University of Surrey, Roehampton Institute, 15 Nov 2003.

‘Teaching Primo Levi,’ English Subject Centre Conference, Teaching Holocaust Writing and Film, London University, 18-19 Feb 2005.

‘Teaching “Dual-aged” Fiction,’ English Subject Centre Conference, Teaching Children’s Literature, Durham University, 20 May 2005.

‘Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and its adult cross-readers’, University of West of England, 15 Oct 2005.

‘The London Underground and the Descent to the Underworld,’ keynote address for Urban Underworld: London’s cultural and spatial undergrounds from 1820 to the present, University of Cambridge, Sept 2006.

‘Katabatic narratives, global politics and religion,’ opening address for Hell and Its Afterlife, a week-long international, inter-disciplinary conference organised by the University of Utah, Oct 2006.

‘Heterochronic Representations of the Fall: Bakhtin, Milton, DeLillo’; one of fifteen invited international speakers delivering papers at Bakhtin’s Theory of the Literary Chronotope: Reflections, Applications, Perspectives, University of Ghent in Brussels, 28-29 June 2008.

‘Imagination in Children’s Literature,’ University of Newcastle Research Seminar series, 20 April 2009.

‘Can Literature Help Save the Planet?’ What Happens Now: 21C Writing in English – the First Decade, University of Lincoln, July 2010.

‘Primo Levi’s If This is a Man‘. Literature and the Human. University of Neuchatel, MA Seminar, 20 April 2011.

‘Afflatious Encounters: les oiseaux dans la poésie contemporaine britannique’, Inaugural Lecture, University of Lausanne, 22 March 2012.

‘Littérature et musique anglaise du 17e au 21e siècle: réflexion et interrogation autour de l’évolution de la littérature et de la musique à l’intérieure d’un même pays’. Lecture and concert of English music performed by cellist Pascal Desarzens and other musicians, for Association à Piacere. Caveau du Singe Vert, Lutry, 13 April 2012. Repeat performance at Eglise Saint-Vincent, Montreux, 20 April 2012.

‘Afflatious Encounters: birds in contemporary British poetry’, keynote address, SAUTE (Swiss Association of University Teachers of English), University of Neuchâtel, 27 April 2012.

‘Birds, Poetry and Music’. Interdisciplinary conference, Inspiration for Life, Lectures in Celebration of the Life of Dr Tim Richardson, Department of Physics, University of Sheffield, March 2013.

‘Yeats and Heaney: reading and discussion’, To the waters and the wild: A Selection of Irish Maritime Poetry through the Ages, Lausanne Irish Study Group. 20 April 2013.

‘Wonderstruck, the Threshold Crossing into Other Worlds: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Narnian Chronicles’. Formation Continue, University of Lausanne, 12 Sept 2014.

‘Listening with Poetry: Jean-Luc Nancy and Seamus Heaney’. University of Geneva, Modern and Contemporary Literature Doctoral Workshop, 16 Oct 2014.

‘Seamus Heaney and the Underworld Journey in Virgil’s Aeneid 6’. Classical Presences in Seamus Heaney’s Poetry. University of Oxford, 17 July 2015.

‘Gravitas and Light: Heaney’s Virgilian Measure’, Traduire le rythme, Centre for Translation Studies, University of Lausanne, 29 April 2016.

‘Byron, the Shelleys and the Summer of 1816’, public event organised by Prof Patrick Vincent (Neuchatel University), Chateau de Chillon, Veytaux, 23 May 2016. Participant in reading of ‘Prisoner of Chillon’ and panel discussion.

‘Hosting Otherness: Lyric, Epic, Rhythm, Voice’, Interdisciplinary CUSO conference, ‘Internationaliser les études lyriques’, Leysin & Grand Chalet, Kuklos, 6-7 Oct 2016.