Professor of English; Associate Dean of the College
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 Gaskell's Ruth (Pickering & Chatto, 2006). Essays published most recently in Victorian Writers and the Environment: Ecocritical Perspectives (2016); Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Literature, 1830-1900 (2015); Afterlives of the Brontës: Biography, Fiction, and Literary Criticism (2014); Other Mothers: Beyond the Maternal Ideal (2008), and The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Gaskell (2007). Articles and reviews in Nineteenth-Century Contexts; Victorian Studies; Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900; Victorians Institute Journal; Journal of the History of Sexuality; and Review. President, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (2013-15). Areas of interest: Victorian literature and culture, gender studies, narrative theory, history of the novel, Irish history and literature. 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 James; ecocriticism, post-apocalyptic fiction and film; film history, 20th-century British cinema; contemporary British fiction