Professor

1985, PhD, English, Cornell University

1982, M., English, Cornell University

1976, BA, summa cum laude, with High Honors in English, Wesleyan University

Bio

My work is in the long nineteenth century in Britain.  My primary focus is the novel, but a fellowship at the National Humanities Center allowed me to complete my most recent book on Romantic-era poetry: The Juvenile Tradition: Young Writers and Prolepsis, 1750-1835  (Oxford University Press).  I am a charter member of the recently formed International Society of Literary Juvenilia (dedicated to the discussion and promotion of literary works by young writers) and I serve on the advisory board of the Journal of Juvenilia Studies.

Parts of The Juvenile Tradition appear as:

  • “Romance,” Blackwell Companion to the English Novel, ed. Stephen Arata, Madigan Haley, J. Paul Hunter and Jennifer Wicke (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015). 103-16.
  • “Prolepsis and the Juvenile Tradition: Henry Kirke White and Robert Southey,” PMLA  (2013)
  • “Leigh Hunt and Juvenilia,” Keats-Shelley Journal 60 (2011): 112-133.

For related essays, see:

  • “Children’s Poetry,” co-written with Beverly Taylor. The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Poetry, ed. Linda K. Hughes (6500 words, forthcoming 2018)
  • “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)
  • “Ethics and Theory: Suffering Children in Dickens, Dostoevsky, and LeGuin,” ELH (2008)

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,” Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat, ed. by Mavis Reimer, et al (Palgrave Mcmillan 2014)
  • “The Ethics and Practice of Lemony Snicket: Adolescence and Generation X,” PMLA 122.2 (2007)

My new research is on visual culture in the nineteenth century. I am at work on a study of young nineteenth-century painters:  “Framing Juvenile Identity: Art and Writing in Victorian Britain.”

 


Publications:

  • The Juvenile Tradition: Young Writers and Prolepsis, 1750-1835. (NY: Oxford University Press: 2016)
  • “Off to See the Wizard Again and Again,” Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat, ed. by Mavis Reimer, Nyala Ali, Deanna England, and Melanie Dennis Unrau (NY: Palgrave Mcmillan, Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature Series, 2014), 34-56.
  • “Prolepsis and the Juvenile Tradition: Henry Kirke White and Robert Southey,” PMLA 128.4 (October 2013): 888–906.
  • “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.
  • “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 (2014).
  • “Queen Victoria and Me,” Victorian Afterlife: Postmodern Culture Rewrites the Nineteenth Century, ed. John Kucich and Dianne Sadoff (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press: 2000), 211-33.
  • Novels of Everyday Life: The Series in English Fiction, 1850-1930 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press: 1999)
  • Women and Romance: The Consolations of Gender in the English Novel (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990)

Teaching Awards

  • Graduate Teaching Award, Association of Graduate English Students, 2008

Awards

  • John E. Sawyer Fellowship, The National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2011-2012
  • Arts and Sciences Competitive Kenan Research Leave, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring, 2009.
  • Fellowship in Scholarship, Creative Activity or Research in the Humanities and Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Summer, 2007.
  • Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2006
  • Hamilton Family Fellowship for Teaching with the New Media, Johnson Center for Undergraduate Excellence and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring 2005
  • Ethics Fellow, Institute of the Arts and Humanities, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fall 2002
  • Spray-Randleigh Fellowship, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Summer, 2002
  • Contemplative Practice Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2000-2001
  • Reynolds Competitive Research Leave, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring 2001
  • Faculty Fellowship, The Institute for the Arts and Humanities, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring 1998.
  • Philip and Ruth Hettleman Award for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997.
  • Ford Foundation Cultural-Diversity Course-Development Grant, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996
  • Mellon Foundation Seminar on the Intellectual in the Academy, Swarthmore College, 1994-95
  • Eccles External Faculty Fellowship, Humanities Center, The University of Utah, 1993-94
  • American Council of Learned Societies Grant-in-Aid, Summer 1990
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, May-August 1990
  • American Council of Learned Society’s Fellowship for Recent Recipients of the Ph.D., 1986‑87
  • American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship, 1984‑85

Courses Taught:

  • English 274 PlayMaker’s Current Season: Approaches to Drama
  • English 284 Reading Children’s Fiction
  • English 291 Illustrated Children’s Books
  • English 292 Depictions of the Child in Literature and the Arts
  • English 338 Studies in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • English 838 Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • English 842 Seminar in Victorian Literature

Curriculum Vitae / Resume