B.A., Stanford University, 1994
M.A., University of Virginia, 1997
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004
Areas of Specialization
Nineteenth-century literature and literary theory, Victorian poetry
Activities and Interests
My scholarship is grounded in 19th C. British literature and culture, especially Victorian poetry and poetics. I am particularly interested in the relationship between genre and cultural value in the legacy of Romanticism: why certain genres are valued over others, and under what conditions those genres and relative values evolve. My own work often investigates these questions in light of nineteenth-century gender ideology and religion. My book, Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible, concerns the relationship between Victorian poetry and Biblical hermeneutics. Presently, I am working on theoretical questions surrounding Shakespeare's quasi-religious place in Victorian literary culture.
- Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible. University of Virginia Press. 2011. [Awarded NVSA Sonya Rudikoff Book Prize for 2011].
- "Aurora Leigh, A Life-Drama, and Victorian Poetic Autobiography." SEL (Studies in English Literature). (Autumn 2013): 829–851. [Awarded Monroe K. Spears Award for 2013].
- "Victorian Literature, Religion, and Secularization.." Literature Compass 10:3 (2013): 277-287.
- "The Devotional Texts of Victorian Bardolatry." Shakespeare, the Bible, and the History of the Material Book: Contested Scriptures. Eds. Travis DeCook and Alan Galey. Routledge. 2012: 143-159.
- "Postscript: Did Eliot Know Her (Cultural) Place?." Journal of George Eliot - George Henry Lewes Studies 60-61 (September 2011): 142-146.
- "George Eliot." The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature. Eds. Rebecca Lemon, Emma Mason, John Roberts, and Christopher Rowlands. Blackwell. 2009.