In my doctoral work, I have been tracing connections between the fiction writing of Virginia Woolf and the phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. I believe that Merleau-Ponty's philosophy of perception offers a useful lens for understanding Woolf's renowned visual prose style, which explores the perceptual world through vivid descriptions of space and temporal transitions. I also examine how Woolf's writing was influenced by the aesthetics of the Bloomsbury group: in particular, the formalist theories of Roger Fry and the paintings by Vanessa Bell.
Most recently, I co-authored an article with Dr. Ann Martin entitled “A Driven Bloomsbury: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, and the Meaning of the Motor Car,” which is published in Woolf Studies Annual (Spring 2018).
I have also presented papers at the Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf, the most recent of which was Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries at Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania.