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Professor / Associate Dean for Undergraduate Curricula

1973 B.A., Brandeis University (English)
1975 M.A., Johns Hopkins University (English)
1978 Ph.D., University of Florida (English)


I am interested in the development of fiction from the late seventeenth century into the middle of the nineteenth-century and my most recent book applies classic sociological theory to fiction. I have taught a lot of Jane Austen courses of late but have also taught a Dickens first year seminar and am developing another FYS course on comic film. And I spend at least half of my time in Steele building working on General Education matters.


  • Jane Austen and Modernization: Sociological Readings. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
  • Jane Austen and Co.: Remaking the Past in Contemporary Culture. Edited. Suzanne Pucci and James Thompson. SUNY Albany Press, 2003.
  • Models of Value: Eighteenth-Century Political Economy and the Novel, Duke University Press, 1996.
  • Between Self and World: the Novels of Jane Austen, Pennsylvania State University Press, 988.
  • Language in Wycherley’s Plays: Seventeenth-Century Language Theory and the Drama, University of Alabama Press, 1984.

Teaching Awards

2003 – Johnston Award for Excellence in Teaching


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation $230,000 grant for Dissertation seminars, 2005-2006 (with John McGowan)

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 331 – 18th Century Literature
  • ENGL 332 – 18th Century Drama
  • ENGL 333 – 18th Century Fiction
  • ENGL 335 – Studies in Jane Austen Studies


Email   |   (919) 843-7772
Office: Greenlaw 531/Steele 3018A