With specializations in U.S. literature, particularly poetry and fiction in the 20th and 21st centuries, and in lyric poetry (history and poetics) from Old English to the global present.


Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1980.

A.B. Oberlin College, 1975.

Other Publications

“Satirizing Technology in Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story.” Options for Teaching Satire. Nick Nace and Evan Davis, eds. New York: Modern Language Association, 2017.

“Wave or Particle? Crossing Borders in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being.” Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture, and Society, in Honor of Amritjit Singh. Tapan K. Basu and Tasneem Shahnaaz, eds. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

“Animal Spirits.” The New Williams. Ed. Neri Sandoval et al. [My essay surveys William Carlos Williams’ poetic career.] Commissioned for a special 2016 issue of the William Carlos Williams Review to be republished by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017.

The Problem South: Region, Empire, and the New Liberal State, 1880-1930. By Natalie J. Ring. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011.” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 111.1 (Winter 2013): 102-04. Book review.

“Tolentino, Tourgée, and Cable Confront the New South and the New Imperialism.” Citizenship and Identity in the Nineteenth-Century South. Ed. William A. Link, David Brown, Brian Ward, and Martyn Bone. UP of Florida, 2013. 247-70.

“Reasons to Anthologize Simms?” The Simms Review 19.1-2 (Summer/Winter 2011): 98-99.

Bricks Without Straw: A Novel.” Albion Tourgée. Ed. Carolyn L. Karcher. Durham: Duke UP, 2009. Resources for American Literary Study. 34 (Spring 2011). 269-72. [Book Review.]

“U.S. Southern Cultural Studies in the Obama Era.” Review of Melanie R. Benson, Disturbing Calculations: The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912-2002, and Scott Romine, The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural Reproduction. The Southern Literary Journal 42.2 (2010): 126-34.

Chora in Hell: William Carlos Williams and Rome.” The William Carlos Williams Review Fall 2007. Originally published in The Rhetoric of Love in The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams. Ed. Cristina Giorcelli and Maria Anita Stefanelli. Rome: Editzioni Associate, 1993. 213-48.

“The ‘Raftsmen’s Passage,’ Huck’s Crisis of Whiteness, and Huckleberry Finn in U.S. Literary History.” Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Updated Edition. Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations Series. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2007. 149-70. Originally published in Arizona Quarterly 59.2 (Summer 2003): 35-58.

“Using Student Podcasts in Literature Classes.” Academic Commons / Center for Teaching and Learning website. [http://www.academiccommons.org/ctfl/vignette /using-student-podcasts-in-literature-classes] Accessed 10/3/2006.   Written 2006, in collaboration with Liz Evans, Institutional Technology Services, Swarthmore College.

“Is Teaching Always Local, Education Global?” American Literature 78 (2006): 733-39. Special issue on the U.S. South and Global Studies.

“Corra Harris’ The Recording Angel (1912): Why Is One of the Best Comic Novels Between Huckleberry Finn and As I Lay Dying Out of Print?” CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual.   Macon, GA: Mercer UP, 2005. 190-205.

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