Professional Bio

  • 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. I am currently finishing a monograph, Angela Carter: Surrealist, Psychoanalyst, Moral Philosopher, which explores Angela Carter’s problematic relationship with what she saw as the interrelated traditions of surrealism, psychoanalysis, and contemporary critical theory

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Select Courses Taught

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

Research & Scholarship

Select Publications

“Humanity’s Oldest Pastime: David Mitchell’s Postmodern (Non)Endings.” Faces of the Apocalypse: Change and Adaptability at the End. London: Interdisciplinary Press, 2014.

“(Post)Apocalypse Now! David Mitchell’s Postmodern Fiction.” Apocalypse: Imagining the End. (Forthcoming 2014)

"(Religious) Fun Homes: Teaching the Lesbian Feminist Novel in a Catholic University," Graphic Novel Pedagogy. (Forthcoming 2014)

“Who's Procreating Now?: Attempting Equality Parenthood in the Academe.” The Road to Tenure: Interviews, Rejections, and Other Humorous Experiences. (Forthcoming 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