Professional Bio

Education
  • Ph.D., New York University
  • M.A., New York University
  • B.A., English, Kutztown University
  • B.S., Psychology, Kutztown University

I am interested in English and Anglophone literatures of the 20th and 21st century. I am particularly fascinated by modern and postmodern literatures that push the boundaries of what is considered “literary”—from James Joyce’s epic deconstruction of the novel form in Ulysses to Angela Carter and Salman Rushdie’s strangely surreal allegories of our contemporary world. My first book, Angela Carter: Surrealist, Psychoanalyst, Moral Pornographer, explores Angela Carter’s problematic relationship with what she saw as the interrelated traditions of surrealism, psychoanalysis, and contemporary critical theory.

Select Courses Taught

  • Angela Carter
  • Postmodern Literature
  • Contemporary British Literature
  • British Modernisms
  • James Joyce
  • Literary Feminism
  • Postcolonial World Literature
  • Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury Group

Research & Scholarship

Book

Angela Carter: Surrealist, Psychologist, Moral Pornographer. New York: Routledge, 2016

Contributing to the conversation regarding Angela Carter’s problematic relationship with what she viewed as the interrelated traditions of surrealism and psychoanalysis, this study explores the intricate connections between Carter’s private life and her public writing. Beginning with Carter’s assertion that it was through her “sexual and emotional life” that she was radicalized, it draws extensively on the British Library’s recently archived collection of Carter’s private papers, journals, and letters to show how that radicalization happened and what it meant both for her worldview and for her writings. Through close textual analysis and a detailed study of her papers, I analyze the ways that this second-wave feminist’s explorations of sexuality merged with her investigations into surrealism and psychoanalysis, an engagement that ultimately led to the explosively surreal allegories of Carter’s later, more complex, and more accomplished work. The study not only offers a new way to view Carter’s oeuvre, but also makes the case for the importance of Angela Carter’s vision in understanding the transformations in feminist thinking from the postwar to the postfeminist generation.

Selected Publications

“Humanity’s Oldest Pastime: David Mitchell’s Postmodern (Non)Endings.” Faces of the Apocalypse: Change and Adaptability at the End. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2015. 

"(Religious) Fun Homes: Teaching the Lesbian Feminist Novel in a Catholic University." Class, Please Open Your Comics: Essays on Teaching with Graphic Narratives. Ed. Matthew L. Miller. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015.

“The Sound of Silence: Eschatology and the Limits of the Word in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.” SubStance 44.1 (2015). 71-91.

“(Post)Apocalypse Now! David Mitchell’s Postmodern Fiction.” A Critical Approach to the Apocalypse: Oxford, Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013.

“Who’s Pro-creating Now?: Two Sides of Parenting in the Academe.” The Road to Tenure: Interviews, Rejections, and Other Humorous Experiences. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, 2014.

 “’I was the subject of the sentence written on the mirror.’ Angela Carter’s Short Fiction and the Unwriting of the Psychoanalytic Subject.” Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 21.1 (2010): 1-19.

“Angela Carter’s Narrative Chiasmus: The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman and The Passion of New Eve.” Genre (Spring/Summer 2009). 83-111.

“Portraits in Absentia: Repetition Compulsion and the Postmodern Uncanny.” Studies in the Novel. (Winter 2008). 447-464.

 “Public Personae and the Private I: De-Compositional Ontology in Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy.” MFS: Modern Fiction Studies. 52:3 (Fall 2006): 613-633.

“Cartesian Nuts: Rewriting the Platonic Androgyne in Angela Carter’s Japanese Surrealism.” FEMSPEC: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Journal. 6:2 (December 2005): 15-31.

 

Awards & Recognition

Fellowships, Honors & Awards
  • Award of Distinction in Dissertation, New York University, 2005
  • Award of Distinction in Defense, New York University, 2005
  • Award of Excellence in Teaching, Expository Writing Program, New York University, Spring 2004; Fall 2004; Spring 2005; Fall 2005
  • Golden Dozen Outstanding Teaching Award (University-wide), New York University, 2005-2006 (nominated)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (University-wide), New York University, 1999-2000 (nominated); 2000-1
  • Lind Dissertation Fellowship, New York University, 2003
  • Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, New York University, 1996-2001Full tuition with stipend and teaching component
  • Geiss Award for English Scholarship, Kutztown University, 1996
  • Oxford University Summer Program, Pennsylvania SSHE Summer Honors Scholarship, 1994
  • Outstanding English Major Award, Kutztown University, 1994 and 1995
  • Gallo Award for Best Creative Writer, Kutztown University, 1994 and 1995
  • Bennett-Harris Humorous Writing Award, Kutztown University, 1994 and 1995
  • Honors Program Scholarship, Kutztown University, 1992-5