Shahidha is Senior Lecturer in Romanticism in the Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London. Her first book, Keats and Philosophy: The Life of Sensations (Routledge, 2012), explored Keats’s poetic mediations on friendship, mortality, and war. Her interests span poetics, material culture, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and feminism. She is currently writing a book on the philosophy of dress.
She is also very interested in modern art and architecture, as well as examining European engagements with Islam and the East, spanning the period from the eighteenth-century to the present, and has written about these topics and more in the TLS, Times Higher Education, the Guardian, and the Financial Times, amongst others. She was awarded the Observer/Anthony Burgess Award for arts criticism in 2014, and named one of 10 ‘New Generation Thinkers‘ by the BBC in 2011.