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
- General Editor, Literary Agenda Series (Oxford University Press 2015)
- Paul Mellon Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin for biography of Bernard Malamud (Competitive Fellowship, HRC 2005)
- Fellow (Competitive Fellowship, English Association 2004)
- Adjunct Professor (Ruskin Programme, Lancaster University 2002)
- Director of the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Skills (CRILS)