Professor of English; Co-coordinator, Irish and Celtic Studies; Coordinator, Victorian Studies
Primary Academic Program: Literature
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Gender and Sexuality Studies, Irish and Celtic Studies, Victorian Studies
Area of Specialization: 19th and 20th century British literature, Victorian studies, history of the novel, narrative fiction; narrative theory; feminist theory
Biography:B.A., Barnard College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University. Author, Dissembling Fictions: Elizabeth Gaskell and the Victorian Social Text (Palgrave, 1997), and volume editor, Elizabeth Gaskellï¿½s Ruth (Pickering & Chatto, 2006). Articles and reviews in Victorian Studies; Studies in English Literature, 1500ï¿½1900; Victorians Institute Journal; Journal of the History of Sexuality; and Review. Grants and awards: National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend (1995) and American Association of University Women American Fellowship (1996). Areas of interest: Victorian literature and culture, gender studies, and narrative theory. Faculty, The Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College. At Bard since 1991.
- Research Interests: women's literary history; feminist theory; Victorian literature; 19th century British women's writing
- Other Interests: single authors: Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, the Brontes, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Hardy, Henry J; ecocriticism, post-apocalyptic fiction and film; film history, 20th century British cinema; contemporary British fiction