Victorian literature and medicine, gender, George Eliot, Scottish studies, nineteenth-century American and British women writers
…Hands: Industry, Evolution, and the Reconfiguration of the Victorian Body. Victoriographies, vol. 7, no. 2, 2017, pp. 180-3.
Review of Anna Henchman’s The Starry Sky Within: Astronomy and the Reach of the Mind in Victorian Literature, George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies, vol. 67, no. 1, 2015, pp. 76–80.
Review of Hilda Hilst’s With My Dog-Eyes, Rain Taxi, vol. 20, no. 1, Spring 2015, p. 25.
Review of Juliet Patterson and Rachel Moritz’s Elementary Ri…
I received my MFA at Washington University in Saint Louis and my Ph.D. in English, with Creative-Writing dissertation, at University of Tennessee where I am a post-doctoral lecturer. I study poetics and the Victorian Novel with an emphasis on place, the environment, and labor. My articles have appeared in Dickens Studies Annual and George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies. My fiction and poetry explore the rural landscape and labor, subjects I see as underrepresented in contemporary writing.
I am interested in a microsociological, socio-psychological approach to the close reading of British and American literature. My basic claim is that some types of fiction reflect life’s constructed, that is, fictional quality. I am presently focusing on the phenomena of intimacies, taking up works by Jane Austen, Henry James, Edith Wharton, George Eliot, and Nathaniel Hawthorne to see how these authors depicted their protagonists as they generated, maintained and dissolved their intimacies with others.
Nineteenth-century literature and science, especially natural history and women’s writing. Currently working on the Medusa/medusa references in literature. Focusing at the moment on George Eliot and G. H. Lewes’ Sea-Side Studies and pre-Darwinian evolution. Have published an edition of Edwin Abbott’s Flatland. Also work on research methods, plagiarism and technical writing. Will be teaching a course on weeds and the ecology of vacant lots next year. And, of course, field bibliography. I index fests for MLA and some journals for ABELL. Recently, am helping editing and formatting lists for an Alice in Wonderland translation project.
…Laura Estill, Diane Jackaki, and Michael Ullyot (Iter / Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, forthcoming 2016).“‘An infusion of the modern spirit into the ancient form:’ Textual Objects and Historical Consciousness in George Eliot’s Romola.” Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, Issue #62 (October 2012). …
early modern English literature, eighteenth-century English literature, drama, theater, print culture, history of science, economic history, public spheres, digital humanities, databases, text analysis, visualization, media archaeology, writing across the curriculum
…guage,” Victorian Literature and Culture,” 2019
Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in the Victorian Novel, Johns Hopkins UP, 2018
“Let Them Be: Dickens’s Stupid Politics,” Dickens Studies Annual, 2015
“George Eliot’s Vagueness,” Victorian Studies, 2014
“Because I Do: Trollope, Tautology, and Desire,” ELH, 2013…
I specialize in the Victorian novel, literature and philosophy, gender and sexuality, and psychoanalysis. My first book, Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in the Victorian Novel, was published by Johns Hopkins UP in Spring 2018.
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, Writing Assessment, Technical Communication, Biography, Theory, Technology and Education, World Literature
Literary theory, authorial intent, methods of interpretation, literary criticism, literary journalism, Russian literature, Dostoevsky, Bakhtin