Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Stanford, 1990
A.M., English and American Literature, Harvard, 1983
B.A. (Honours), English, University of Alberta 1982; Free University of Berlin 1987-8; University of Freiburg (Germany), 1979-80
I work across the modern period (late 18th C. to the present), with particular interests in the history of the British and European novel; anglophone fiction (especially Scotland, Ireland, Canada); European film history; literature’s relationship to social and cultural history, visual culture and music; nationalism, regionalism and traditionalism’; literature/culture of WWI, WWII and the Cold War; history of children’s literature 18th C-present; women novelists. I’m currently researching the institutionalization of Marxist aesthetics in postwar Central Europe.
–Bardic Nationalism: The Romantic Novel and the British Empire (Princeton University Press, 1997)
–“Jane Austen in the World: New Women, Imperial Vistas,” in Claudia Johnson and Clara Tuite, A Companion to Jane Austen (2009)
–“Picture-book worlds and ways of seeing,” in Matthew Grenby and Andrea Immel, Cambridge Companion to Children’s Literature (2010)
–“The Making of Child Readers,” James Chandler, ed., Cambridge History of British Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
–Rebecca Johnson, Richard Maxwell and Katie Trumpener, The Arabian Nights, Arab-European Literary Influence and the Lineages of the Novel, MLQ 68:2
–Cambridge Companion to Fiction of the Romantic Period (co-edited with Richard Maxwell, Cambridge UP, 2008)
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES: Austen, Brontë and the Modern Women’s Novel; Homefront Literature of WWII; 18th-Century European Novel; British Cinema; Canadian Literature; World Poetry and Performance.
GRADUATE COURSES: History of Children’s Literature: The Anglo-American Tradition in European Context; Rise of the European Novel; Jane Austen and the British Empire; European literature without the Nation; WWII and Everyday Life; British Cinema.