director, B.A. in English program
Ph.D., University of Delaware
B.A., SUNY Geneseo
I take a cultural studies approach to literature, combining history, gender studies, performance studies and material culture in my research. My recent book Literature and Dance in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Jane Austen to the New Woman (Cambridge UP, 2009) examines the intersections between 19th-century social dance practices and the literature of the period. Currently, I am working on a book project that investigates the links among fashion, early 19th-century publishing practices and the development of the novel. I am also the editor of Byron: Heritage and Legacy (Palgrave, 2008); co-editor, with Margaret D. Stetz, of Michael Field and Their World (Rivendale, 2007); and recent guest editor of the journal Studies in the Humanities for a special issue on regency studies.
I use this interdisciplinary approach in the classroom, bringing in a variety of materials to complement our study of literature. I am also particularly interested in teaching and researching the ways in which the 21st century has rewritten the Victorians to reflect our own cultural anxieties.