My work is in the long nineteenth century in Britain. My primary focus is the novel, but recently I have written about Romantic-era poetry. A 2011-2012 Sawyer Fellowship at the National Humanities Center allowed me to complete a monograph: The Juvenile Tradition: Young Writers and Prolepsis, 1750-1835 (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2015/2016).
Parts of this project appear as:
“Prolepsis and the Juvenile Tradition: Henry Kirke White and Robert Southey,” PMLA 128.4 (October 2013): 888–906.
“Romance,” Blackwell Companion to the English Novel, ed. Stephen Arata, J. Paul Hunter and Jennifer Wicke (on the juvenilia of Jane Austen; forthcoming).
For related essays, see:
“The Hobbledehoy in Trollope,” The Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope, ed. Carolyn Dever and Lisa Niles (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 113-27.
“Marjory Fleming and Child Authors: The Total Depravity of Inanimate Things,” RaVoN 56 (2009): 49 paragraphs; http://www.erudit.org/revue/ravon/2009/v/n56/1001092ar.html?lang=en.
“Ethics and Theory: Suffering Children in Dickens, Dostoevsky, and LeGuin,” ELH 75 (2008): 91–110.
Related to my interest in depictions by and of children is my work on children's literature:
“Off to See the Wizard Again and Again,” Narrative and Repetition, ed. by Mavis Reimer et al. (Palgrave Critical Approaches to Children's Literature Series) (forthcoming).
“The Ethics and Practice of Lemony Snicket: Adolescence and Generation X,” PMLA 122.2 (March 2007): 502-21. Excerpted in Children’s Literature Review, Gale Cengage Learning (forthcoming 2014).
My new work is on visual culture in the nineteenth century.
My previous books are Novels of Everyday Life: The Series in English Fiction, 1850-1930, and Women and Romance: The Consolations of Gender in the English Novel.
Graduate Teaching Award, Association of Graduate English Students, 2008.
Ph. D., Cornell University, 1985
M.A., Cornell University, 1982
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1976