Professor of English ; Director of Graduate Doctoral Admissions
Ph.D. 1996 (English and Comparative Literature); M.A. 1990 (English), Columbia University; B.A. 1989 (English and Comparative Literature), Hunter College, CUNY.
244 Greene Street room 411 New York, New York (US) 10003
Fall 2015: Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 and by appointment
Tel: (212) 998-8814
Fax: (212) 995-4019
Areas of Research/Interest:
Victorian literature and culture; critical theory; history of the novel
American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women, 2001.
I'm interested in the research imagination; archives broadly conceived--from letters in a box in a library to desk drawers, buildings, databases, landfills, and landscapes; peculiar histories of the novel; figures of prose like metonymy and metalepsis; contemporary global fiction; critical theory, especially Marxist, postcolonial and queer; Conceptual poetry, prose and visual art. Victorian Writing about Risk: Imagining a Safe England in a Dangerous World (Cambridge 2000) and The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel (Chicago 2006) are my books; my current project is called Worlds Enough: Fictionality and Reference in the Novel.
Ed., Factory Production in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2003)
Author of The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and Victorian Writing about Risk: Imagining a Safe England in a Dangerous World. (Cambridge,2000)