Princeton 1977-88; Yale 1988-
Hazlitt: the Mind of a Critic, A Choice of Inheritance, Politics by Other Means, Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth’s Poetry of the 1790s, Skeptical Music: Essays on Modern Poetry, Moral Imagination, The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence, and How Words Make Things Happen.
on Wollstonecraft, Shelley, Emerson, Shakespeare, Orson Welles; book reviews in the TLS, London Review of Books, The New Republic, New York Review of Books.
- “Where Shall Wisdom Be Found,” Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, June 10, 2022
- “Lincoln as Realist” at Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 2016
- ”Nonconformity in Black and White: Douglass, Du Bois, and Ellison” for the Nathan I. Huggins Lecture Series, at Hutchins Center, Harvard University, 2017
- “Power, Passion, and Mark Antony” at Furman University Tocqueville Program, 2019
- ”Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Action,” at Yale Center Beijing, September 2020
First-year poetry survey (English 125/126); Stevens and Frost; eighteenth-century prose; Shakespeare’s political plays; directed studies history/politics; Lincoln (co-taught); American-French cinema and culture 1930-1965 (co-taught).
Work in Progress
Intellectual biography of Burke.