The interrelation of literature and philosophy; the political and social significance of critique; the institutional history of literary criticism; Anglo-American and Russian formalisms; twentieth-century poetics; historicism and critiques of historicism; American modernisms; British and American lyric post-1945. I have broad interests in a range of theorists and philosophers across the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly German and French thinkers from Kant and Hegel through to Alain Badiou and Catherine Malabou.
My research centres on the work of T.W. Adorno (1903-1969) and Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), and specifically the under-researched intersection of literary criticism, mathematics and philosophy. It argues that literary reading is bound up with a particular understanding of the nature of infinity, investigates the consequences of that understanding for literary criticism and critical theory, and considers the possibility of alternatives.