Areas of expertise:
narrative, genre, and cultural studies; 18th through early 20th-century British culture and literature; scientific theory and narrative form; gender studies; film studies
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Recent courses taught:
Rude and Anarchic: Sterne and Joyce
Living in Bleak House
Oscar Wilde and the Queer Cultures of the ‘90s
Jane Austen: Life, Works, World
On Being a Man: Representations of Masculine Behavior in Film and Fiction
Unruly Women: Women, Power, Disobedience
Distinctions (awards, fellowships, and grants):
Margaret B. Bunn Teaching Award (2010; 2016)
NEH Fellow, American Academy in Rome (2001)
Tanner Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1997), UNC-Chapel Hill
Lifetime Member, Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, UNC-Chapel Hill
Resident Fellow (sole U.S. resident fellow), Commonwealth Center for Literary and Cultural Change, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (1993)
R.I. Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
The Shape of Fear: Horror and the Fin de SiècleCulture of Decadence (Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 1998).
“Articulating the Dead: Vernon Lee, Decadence and ‘The Doll,’” rpt. in Short Story Criticism, Vol. 216 of Short Story Criticism Series, ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau (Gale, 2015).
“In the Destroyer’s Steps: Miles’s Death Cry in Henry James’s Turn of the Screw,” in Nursery Realms: Children in the Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, ed. Gary Westfahl and George Slusser (Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 1999) 185-99.
“The Fine Reality of Hunger Satisfied: Food and Desire in C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra,” in Foods of the Gods: Eating and the Eaten in Science Fiction and Fantasy, ed. Eric Rabkin and George Slusser (Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 1996) 97-114.
“The Anatomy of Failure in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 35.3 (Fall, 1993): 279-315.
College service and professional affiliations:
English Department Chair (2016 – )
Associate Chair for English Advising (2007-2012)
Arts & Humanities Division representative (2011 – 2015), Faculty Council
President, Hartwick College Honor Society (2016 – )
Originator and co-archivist, “Stories from the HART,” Hartwick’s oral history archive (2008 – 2013)
Invited co-chair, President Margaret Drugovich’s Inauguration Committee (2008)
Humanities Division Faculty Representative, Search Committee for Hartwick College President (2007-‘08)
Humanities Division Faculty Representative, Search Committee for the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Hartwick College (2003-2004)
Reader, The Victorian Review, University of Alberta