Ph.D., English Language and Literature, Yale University, 2001
M. Phil., English Romantic Studies, Oxford University, 1996
B.A., summa cum laude, English and Philosophy Major, Yale University, 1994.
INTERESTS: I research and teach English literature of the long Nineteenth Century: both Romantic and Victorian, both poetry and the novel. Other areas of interest include German classical literature (especially Goethe and Schiller), aesthetic theory, war and literature, and genre theory.
My first book demonstrated the scope of my concerns by considering the treatment of literary and political action in writers from Wordsworth to Henry James. While my second, on the Victorian response to an unpopular war (the Crimean War, 1854-56), is narrower, it allowed me to think further about the impact of social and political matters on formal ones: how (for example) does patriotic poetry translate the blunders of the Crimea into verse? I am currently beginning a project on long narrative verse of the period, which will consider issues of generic allegiance by placing them within a cultural context.
– “Form Things: Looking at Genre Through Victorian Diamonds,” Victorian Studies 52.4 (Summer 2010): 591-619.
–The Crimean War in the British Imagination, October 2009
–“Rushing Into Print: ‘Participatory Journalism’ During the Crimean War,” Victorian Studies 50.4 (2008): 559-86.
–The Crisis of Action in English Nineteenth-Century Literature, December 2006
–“North and South, East and West: Gaskell, The Crimean War, and the Condition of England.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, June 2005
–“George Eliot’s Problem With Action.” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 (SEL), Autumn 2001
–“Arthur Hugh Clough, Amours de Voyage, and the Victorian Crisis of Action.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, March 2001
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES: Writing About Literature I, Major English Poets, European Literary Tradition, Jane Austen (Freshman semnar, Junior seminar), The Romantic Novel (Junior seminar), The Victorian Novel (lecture)
GRADUATE COURSE: Nineteenth-Century Long Narrative Poetry, Charles Dickens and George Eliot