History, form, and sociology of the novel; narrative and temporality, nineteenth-century British literature


University of Pennsylvania, PhD 1996
Brown University, BA, 1989



Charles Dickens’s Networks: Public Transport and the Novel. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012.
(OxfordAmazon) Paperback, 2013.

The Art of Alibi: English Law Courts and the Novel. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2002. (HopkinsAmazon)

Peer-reviewed articles


“Passing Cash from Bank Notes to Bitcoin: Standardizing Money.” Journal of Cultural Economy 12:4 (2019): 299–316.

“Standardization (standardization).” Critical Inquiry 44 (Spring 2018): 447–478.

“Two Cities Networked: The Historical Novel and Form in French Revolutionary Politics.” Novel 50:2 (2017).

“Living the Global Transport Network in Great Expectations.” Victorian Studies 57 (2015): 225–250.

“The Character of a Global Transport Infrastructure: Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.” History and Technology 29 (2013): 247–61. (EBSCO)

“Alibis.” Raritan 24 (Summer, 2004): 133–150. (LION)

“The Labor of the Leisured in Emma: Class, Manners, and Austen.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 54 (1999): 143–164. (JSTOR)

“Representing Pickwick: The Novel and the Law Courts.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 52 (1997): 171–197. (JSTOR)

“The Mythic Svengali: Anti-Aestheticism in Trilby.” Studies in the Novel 28 (1996): 525–542. (LION)

“The Absent Jew in Dickens: Narrators in Oliver TwistOur Mutual Friend, and A Christmas Carol.” Dickens Studies Annual 24 (1996): 37–57. (pdf)

Short essays, journalism

“Dickens on the Move,” BBC History Magazine (February 2012): 34–9. Reprinted BBC Knowledge Magazine (May/June 2012): 40–4.

“Five Myths about Dickens,” Washington Post (7 February 2012); reprinted widely.

“Transport.” In Dickens in Context edited by Sally Ledger and Holly Furneaux, 334–342. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011. (Amazon)

“Edward Bulwer Lytton.” Oxford Encyclopedia of English Literature Vol. 1 edited by David Scott Kastan and Nancy Armstrong, 308–12. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

“Anne Elliot Bound Up in Northanger Abbey: The History of the Joint Publication of Jane Austen’s First and Last Complete Novels.” Persuasions 27 (2005): 195–207.


“Trial, Alibi, and the Novel as Witness.” In Mary Barton: A Norton Critical Edition edited by Thomas Recchio, 604–15. New York: Norton, 2008. From chapter five of The Art of Alibi. (Amazon)

“Manners in Emma.” In Approaches to Teaching Austen’s Emma edited by Marcia Folsom, 78–87. New York: Modern Language Association, 2004. Revised reprint of “The Labor of the Leisured.” (Amazon)

“In the Courtroom of Bulwer’s Newgate Novels: Narrative Perspective and Crime Fiction.” In The Subverting Vision of Bulwer Lytton: Bicentenary Reflections edited by Allan Christensen, 68–77. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2004. Revised reprint of chapter six of The Art of Alibi. (Amazon)

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