My current interest is poetry, of any period, in any genre, and in any language (if I can find good translations). I am at the moment working on two books, one on French poetry and politics from 1871 to 1914, and one on the British/American poet Thom Gunn. I have written on a range of subjects, from French decadence to contemporary American poetry.
With Matthew Reynolds (a St Anne's Tutorial Fellow in English) I co-founded the College's Comparative Literature seminar.
I have also written and presented radio programmes, notably two Radio 3 Sunday Features, ‘The Art of Idleness’ and ‘A Short History of Stupidity’.