Public Engagement

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    As scholar and teacher, I look to revealing the aesthetic pleasure of literature while also seeing its historical and cultural setting. Historical study, I feel, enables our understanding of the continuities and differences with the past. A cultural focus, particularly in gender studies, reveals the socially constructed nature of our assumptions about gender and sexuality as a way of understanding our own lives.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD, English, Harvard University;
    MA, English, Harvard University;
    BA, Princeton University

    Professional Affiliations:

      Editorial Board, Victorian Literature and Culture; Modern Language Association.  

    Recent Publications:

    Victorian Technology: Invention, Innovation, and the Rise of the Machine. Praeger, 2009;
    Victorian Masculinities: Manhood and Masculine Poetics in Early Victorian Literature and Art. Cambridge UP, 1995.

    “Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds.” Victorian Literature and Culture 37 (2009);
    “Birth of the Bestseller.” Victorian Literature and Culture 36 (2008);
    “Samuel Butler as Late-Victorian Bachelor: Regulating and Representing the Homoerotic.” Samuel Butler, Victorian Against the Grain: A Critical Overview. Ed. James G. Paradis. U of Toronto P: Toronto, 2007;
    “The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult.” Victorian Literature and Culture 35 (2007).

    Research Interests:

    Study of Masculinities; History of Sexuality; Victorian Art; Culture and Technology.

    Current Courses:

    Literary Reinvention (Spring 2020)

    Literary Reinvention: DSC (Spring 2020)

    Ten Great Plays

    Ten Great Plays (Open Campus)