Interests include literary theory and criticism, Victorian literature, serial reading, narrative, film, gardening, plumbing.


B.A. English: UCLA 1985
M.A. English: Loyola University Chicago 1995
Ph.D. English: Loyola University Chicago 2000


Recent publications include The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (http://aprofessorintheory.com/idiotsguidetheory/), chapters in volumes published by Duke University Press and the University of Minnesota Press, and a review, in China Review International, of Ma Yuan’s Tibetan short stories (http://aprofessorintheory.com/review-of-ma-yuans-tibetan-stories/).

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    Seminars at the Newberry Library: Middlemarch, Silent Film, Our Mutual Friend, Edith Wharton.

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