Associate Professor of English
Massachusetts Hall - 208
A survey of some of the major currents in film theory from the early days of motion pictures to the present, including formalism, genre theory, auteur theory, psychoanalytic theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. Includes mandatory evening film screenings; a choice of two screening times available for each film. Note: Fulfills the film theory requirement for cinema studies minors..
Seminar. While prose fiction pre-dates the eighteenth century, it is during this century that both writers and readers begin to construct the idea of the novel as we know it. Uses a variety of eighteenth-century novels to explore the evolution of what we call the novel, and also explores various critical and theoretical approaches to the genre. Readings include Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe” and “Roxana,” Samuel Richardson’s “Pamela,” Ann Radcliffe’s “The Romance of the Forest,” Mary Wollstonecraft’s “The Wrongs of Woman,” and Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” as well as a wide range of critical and theoretical essays. Note: Fulfills the pre-1800 literature requirement for English majors.
Milton; Restoration and eighteenth-century literature (all genres); the novel; the gothic; the sentimental; Jane Austen.
Representations of money and capital in early modern literature; the eighteenth-century novel; Samuel Richardson; sentimentalism; the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century gothic; law and literature; literature and the history of medicine.
"The Estate, the Corpse, and the Letter: Posthumous Possession in Clarissa," ELH, Spring 2007, Vol. 74, Issue 1, pp. 117-143.
"Circulating Anti-Semitism: Charles Johnstone's Chrysal," in The Secret Life of Things: Animals, Objects, and It-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England, ed. Mark Blackwell (Bucknell University Press, 2007).
"Object Narratives," Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, forthcoming from Oxford University Press
"Monstrous Generation: The Birth of Capital in Defoe's Moll Flanders and Roxana," PMLA 110 (1995) 1023-1034. Reprinted in Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders, Norton Critical Edition, ed. Albert J. Rivero, New York: W.W. Norton, 2004.
"Sentimental Properties: Pamela and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure," ELH 58.3 (1991) 561-577. ( link to article » jstor )
"The Mint of Nothing: From Usury to Literary Property." Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Halifax, Nova Scotia. November 2001.
"The Narrative of Circulation and the Blood Libel: Charles Johnstone's Chrysal." British Comparative Literature Association Ninth International Conference. University of Wales, Swansea. July 2001. ( abstract » )
"A New Species of Property: Anatomy, Embalming, and Clarissa's Corpse." The Conference of the Modern Language Association. Washington D.C. December 2000.
"The Dead Hand of Ownership: Clarissa and the Property in Corpses." Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Portland, Maine. October 2000.
"I am Nobody's': Clarissa, Corpses, and the Limits of Property." Northeast Conference of the Modern Language Association. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. April 1999.
"For the Blood is the Life': Blood Transfusion, Obstetrics, and Stoker's Dracula." International Conference on Narrative. Dartmouth College. April 1999.
"Draining Bodies: Blood Transfusion and Vampirism in Braddon's 'Good Lady Ducayne' and Stoker's Dracula." Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference. Berkeley, California. April 1997.
"The Terror in the Wax Museum: Realism and the French Revolution." The Conference of the Modern Language Association. Toronto. December 1993.
"Defoe's Roxana and the Character of Capital." Fourth Annual Meeting of the Aphra Behn Society. Portland, Maine. September 1993.
"Nature's Unbounded Son': Richard Savage and the Strategies of Self-Authorship." The DeBartolo Conference for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Tampa Florida. February 1991.
"The Lady's Legacy: Will and Female Personality." The Midwest American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. Macomb Illinois. October 1990.
NEH Summer Stipend (Summer 2000)
Finalist, William Riley Parker Prize for an Outstanding Article in PMLA for "Monstrous Generation: The Birth of Capital in Defoe's Moll Flanders and Roxana" (1995)
Karofsky Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Bowdoin College (1992)