Professor of English
206 Massachusetts Hall
Ph. D., University of California, Riverside, 1987
English romanticism and British literature, 1780-1835; literary and cultural theory; English literature and social power; gay and lesbian studies; disaster; antirealist and/or uncanny literature.
English romanticism; the Gothic; secularization; the cultural consequences of anticipating climate change; queer theory; Lacanian cultural theory; the critique of economics.
Disastrous Subjectivities: Romanticism, Catastrophe, and the Real.
Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change. Open Humanities Press and University of Michigan Library, 2014.
Monstrous Society: Reciprocity, Discipline, and the Political Uncanny, c. 1780-1848. Bucknell University Press, 2009.
Wordsworthian Errancies: The Poetics of Cultural Dismemberment. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
"Emotion Without Content: Primary Affect and Pure Potentiality in Wordsworth," in Romanticism and the Emotions, edited by Joel Faflak and Richard Sha, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 171-191.
Romanticism and Disaster. Co-edited with Jacques Khalip. Special issue of Romantic Circles Praxis, 2012.
After the Covenant: Romanticism, Secularization, and Disastrous Transcendence. European Romantic Review 21 (2010): 345-61.
The Discipline of Death: Knowledge and Power in An Essay on the Principle of Population. European Romantic Review 18 (2007): 223-230.
"The Romance of the Impossible: William Godwin in the Empty Place of Reason".
ELH: English Literary History 70 (2003): 847-874.
"On the Modest Tone of Recent Work in Romantic Studies." College Literature 28 (2001): 207-214.
"The Harsh Delights of Political Duty: Thelwall, Coleridge, Wordsworth, 1795-1799." Romantic Wars: Studies in Conflict and Culture, 1793-1822. Edited by Philip Shaw. Pages 57-79. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000.