I have continued my interest in the Victorian period and in fantasy through my
My work on fantasy has also continued through an exploration of the Emily trilogy by Canadian writer L.M. Montgomery (Emily of New Moon, 1923; Emily Climbs, 1925; Emily's Quest, 1927). I analyse how fragmented representations of psychic fantasy in the texts reveal negotiations of the literary marketplace on local, national, and international levels. My research on L.M. Montgomery was greatly assisted by funding from the Foundation for Canadian Studies, which allowed me to visit archival holdings for Montgomery texts in Canada.
I am currently developing a new research project which will examine the representation of the long nineteenth century in twenty-first century web comics/online sequential art; this builds on my published research examining Dickens’s use of serial illustration as a critical tool in order to develop strategies to research how partnership between digital illustration and text enhances critical production and insight into digital community engagement.