History, form, and sociology of the novel; narrative and temporality, nineteenth-century British literature
American Literature and Culture, Modernism, Media Studies, Cultural Institutions, Sociology
Chinese literature, cultural studies, cinema studies, postcolonial theory, anthropological and sociological approaches to literature
Sociology of American reading, Arabic language and literature, creative writing, technological development and cultural theory
Modern Literature, English, Postcolonial Theory, Cultural Criticism and Theory, Sociology of the Novel, Comparative African Diaspora, Cultures of the Global South, Translation.
Twentieth Century French Literature; Twenty-First Century French Literature; Poetry and Poetics; Literary History and Theory; Experimental Approaches to Literature; Literature, Sociology and Politics; Forms of Deviance in Contemporary Literature; Aesthetics of the List; Forms of Erudition in Contemporary Literature.
Post doctoral researcher affiliated with McGill and resident scholar at the CIRM-CRIEM (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal) I am interested in the sociology of ultra-minor literatures and the way literary texts cross cultural boundaries through translation.
I specialize in classical Chinese literature of the Tang, Five Dynasties, and Northern Song eras. My particular interests include literary history and the emergence of new literary genres and styles in late medieval China; the sociology of literature; and the role of emotions in classical literature. My first book, Crafting a Collection: The Cultural Contexts and Poetic Practice of the Collection from among the Flowers (Huajian ji), published by the Harvard Asia Center, examined the emergence of the song lyric in a path-breaking anthology. My recent book, One Who Knows Me: Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China, explores the literary performance of friendship in ninth-century China through a wide range of genres, including letters, prefaces, exchange poetry, and funerary texts. Other recent and forthcoming publications investigate emotions in medieval letters; the compilation of anthologies of Tang literature in the Northern Song; and the cultural influence of Tang dynasty anecdote collections. I’ve served as President of the T’ang Studies Society since 2011, and I am an editorial board member of the Library of Chinese Humanities Chinese-English translation series, published by De Gruyter. Before coming to Princeton, I taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where I served both as Director of the Honors College (2007-2011) and as associate professor in the Dept. of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communications (2007-2015), and at the University of Arizona (1999-2006). I’m currently working on a new book that traces the shaping of the Tang dynasty literary legacy during the Five Dynasties and Northern Song.
I’m the Director of the Connecticut Writing Project and Lecturer in English at the University of Connecticut. I am also the Assistant Coordinator of Early College Experience English. I’m the past President and current Treasurer of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.