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)
Austen, Brontë and the Modern Women’s Novel; Homefront Literature of WWII; 18th-Century European Novel; British Cinema; Canadian Literature; World Poetry and Performance.
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.