Laura’s primary research interests are in the intersection between technology, gender, politics, and aesthetics in the city in late-Victorian, Edwardian, and Modernist literature, although she is also interested in life writing and genre & popular fiction. She works on a healthy mix of canonical and non-canonical authors, including Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, Elizabeth Bowen, Katharine Mansfield, Djuna Barnes, George Orwell, E. M. Forster, Arnold Bennett, Ford Madox Ford, T. S. Eliot, Mina Loy, H.D., John Cournos, Ezra Pound, Aldous Huxley, Henry Green, Jean Rhys, Graham Greene, George Orwell, H. G. Wells, Richard Marsh, Joseph Conrad, and G. K. Chesterton.
She is currently preparing a monograph building on her doctoral research. Reading London’s Lights: A Literary and Cultural History of Artificial Light from 1880 to 1950 draws on new research and focusses on the social-political and aesthetics aspects of the relationship between modernism, gender, and technology in representations of artificial light in both literary and visual culture.
Her second book project, provisionally titled ‘Characters Reading and Reading Character, 1910–1940’ grew out of a question closely related to her doctoral research on literary responses to the electrification of London: did the adoption of the electric light in domestic spaces increase readerly and writerly productivity? It will examine the extent to which literary representations of reading – its practice, its theory, and its motivations –changed during the early twentieth century.