Ph.D., Columbia University
My research interests range across a number of genres and traditions with a particular emphasis in British 19th century literature. Currently, I am finishing a book manuscript, The Distance Effect: Images of the Past in the Nineteenth Century, which discusses literature in the context of Victorian visual culture and philosophy of history. In the book, I argue that a tradition emerges during the nineteenth century that seeks to develop a visual language that explores the striking differences between the past and the present. This emphasis on the distance between the past and the present actually works to immerse the reader more fully in the imagined past, while also cultivating a more actively critical engagement with history. My teaching is informed by the same rigorous attention to textual detail and expansive thinking across genres and media that I seek to convey in my research – as well as helping students find their own way to relate to, and take pleasure in, great works of literature.
“Well-known things: Experience, Distance and Perspective in William Morris’ ‘The Defence of Guenevere’” Victorian Poetry (forthcoming Winter 2015)
“George Egerton and the Modern Breakthrough in Scandinavia,” Scandinavian Studies (forthcoming)
Undergraduate: Tragedy in the European Literary Tradition; Writing Seminar: Beauty, Fashion and Ethics; Directed Studies: Literature