I work on topics in literature and philosophy, with a special emphasis in aesthetics, political philosophy, and theories of the novel. I am currently working on my first monograph, The Constellational Novel, which sets out to explore associative and essayistic prose fiction. It begins with Marcel Proust and focuses on a number of novels written over the last three decades by writers such as Jacqueline Rose, W. G. Sebald, Teju Cole, Lisa Robertson, and Olga Tokarczuk. I am also investigating philosophical discussions of affinity, likeness, resemblance, analogism, similarity, and 'what is it like' statements.
Other research interests include critical theory; Walter Benjamin; prose form; continental philosophy; modern and contemporary poetry; modern Jewish thought; Judith Butler; visual culture and iconoclasm; and psychoanalysis (especially as explored by Leo Bersani and Kaja Silverman). I also have a strong research interest in the literatures of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
I am on the steering committee of the Judith E Wilson Centre for Poetics. I am also an affiliated researcher with the Walter Benjamin Research Collective and Le Pôle Proust. With Solange Manche and Joe Davidson, I chair the Cambridge Reading Marx Seminar, which is affiliated with the 'lectures de Marx' seminar at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. We organised this conference funded by CRASSH on contemporary Marxist thought in France and Britain. I have been co-convenor for a number of years of the Theory, Criticism, and Culture seminar.