eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American literature, the history of the novel, transatlanticism
I work on the on the intersections among nationality, gender, and race in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American literature. My first book, Sentimental Literature and Anglo-Scottish Identity, 1745-1820, examined the literary creation of a British national identity in the century following the political union of England and Scotland. While working on this project, I was struck by the fact that although scholars (including myself) have argued extensively for literature's role in forming national identities during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, they have paid little attention to works written by those excluded-whether by force or choice--from processes of nation formation during this period. My current book project, "British Migration and American Literature, 1760-1840," examines writing by and about British migrants to North America during the politically volatile era when Britain's American colonies broke away to become the United States. With Evan Gottlieb (Oregon State), I am also editing a collection of essays titled Representing Place in British Literature and Culture, 1660-1830: From Local to Global, which challenges traditional narratives of the late eighteenth-century rise of the nation-state by examining the formation of sub-national and trans-national forms of community in the long eighteenth century.