Professor of English
Massachusetts Hall - 206
Intermediate seminar. Investigates constructions of sexuality in English romantic writing, especially tales of seduction by supernatural or demonic figures; the sexualized world of the Gothic; the Byronic hero; lyrical depictions of incest; the yearning for an eroticized muse or goddess; and same-sex desire in travel writing, diaries, and realist fiction. Discusses the place of such writing in the history of normative and non-normative sexual identities, repression, the unconscious, and the sublime. Authors may include Burke, Lewis, Mary Shelley, Byron, Wollstonecraft, Lister, Austen, Coleridge, and Keats, with further readings in queer theory and the history of sexuality.
Explores some of the most important and compelling aspects of literary and cultural theory from the past century. Situates critical movements such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism, structuralism, deconstruction, queer theory, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and cultural studies in their historical and intellectual context. Includes such authors as Marx, Freud, Benjamin, Barthes, Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, Sedgwick, Butler, and Žižek.
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.
Radio Ecoshock interview by Alex Smith
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.
"The Force of Indirection: 'Tintern Abbey' in the History of Mood." In British Romanticism: Criticism and Debates, edited by Mark Canuel, Routledge, 2015, 409-417
"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.