My research focuses on Digital Humanities, 19th-century British Literature (and especially Leigh Hunt), and popular culture.
I am the founding director of the “Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les humanités numériques“ (launched in 2013).
I am the founding editor of the SSHRC-funded electronic peer-reviewed journal, Romanticism on the Net (founded in 1996 in Oxford and hosted on the Érudit platform since 2002), which expanded into the Victorian period in 2007 and changed its name to Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN).
I am curgently working on two book projects:
Digital Leigh Hunt
This project will explore Leigh Hunt’s central position in the London literary and critical scene of the first half of the nineteenth century, through the lens of digital humanities tools. Hunt is today considered one of the key figures of the Romantic period in England, known for his work as editor, journalist, poet, and facilitator. The contributions of “Digital Leigh Hunt” are two-fold. First, by considering in detail a series of critical writings Hunt wrote between the years 1805 and 1859, I will write a book-length study which will be divided in a series of “snapshots” chronologically arranged around key dates in Hunt’s life. The second contribution, a public online resource called the Leigh Hunt Archive, will materialize with the support of student research assistants who will help me collect and annotate all Hunt’s critical writings and a selection of primary and secondary works by and about other writers involved in his literary circles.
Vampires: Alive and Kicking
This project explores the ongoing popularity of vampires in film and literature. The very title of the book underscores the liveliness of the genre, both in terms of production and of popular interest, even amidst the ongoing popularity of science-fiction and the clear rise in other genres such as film adaptations of comics and zombies. In fact, for a genre that arguably began with the publication of John Polidori’s 1819 novella The Vampyre and whose lasting popularity was cemented in 1897 when Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula became the referential work for all those that have appeared since, vampires continue to offer a timely commentary on society through discussions of race, sexuality, gender, violence, and humour.
This content has been updated on March 28, 2017 at 18 h 22 min.