My main concerns are:
Literature, emotion and personal thinking. Literary thinking as compared with more ordinary ways of thinking about existence.
The value of serious reading and its relation to health and mental health agendas.
What thinking with and about books might be like in the twenty-first century.
I work in close collaboration with The Reader Organization in bringing literature to a wide variety of groups and persons outside the University
Prizes or Honours
- Adjunct Professor (Ruskin Programme, Lancaster University, 2002)
- Paul Mellon Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin for biography of Bernard Malamud (HRC, 2005)
- Fellow (English Association, 2004)
Other Personal Distinctions
- General Editor, Literary Agenda Series (Oxford University Press, 2015)