Professor of English
Areas of expertiseVictorian literature and culture, the novel, film studies, feminist studies.
MA, PhD,Rice University 1996
BA with Honors,Scripps College 1989
January 01, 2009 - May 01, 2011
Humanities Division Chair
Currently, my research focuses on the strange and fascinating intersection of Victorian aesthetic theory and sanitation reform. This is an interdisciplinary project that explores a set of unarticulated connections between the history of the arts and the development of social sciences.
BOOKS AND BOOK PROJECTS:
Avuncularism: Capitalism, Patriarchy and Nineteenth-Century English Culture (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2004).
The Sanitary Arts: Aesthetic Culture and the Victorian Cleanliness Campaigns (book manuscript in progress).
"Home Trading: Domestic Economy, Political Economy, and Hannah More's Coelebs in Search of a Wife." ELH (74.1) Spring 2007.
"Victorian Dust Traps." Filth: Dirt, Disgust and Modern Life. Eds. William Cohen and Ryan Johnson. University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
"Dirty Pictures: John Ruskin, Modern Painters, and the Victorian Sanitation of Fine Art." Representations(78), Spring 2002.
Seminars & Presentations
Invited Lectures and Presentations:
"Intensive Culture: Aesthetics and Purity in the Eugenic Novels of Sarah Grand." Women?s Studies Lunch Lecture, Texas A&M University. March 2008.
"'Implicit Faith in the Deception': Misanthropy, Curiosity, and Natural History." Morning Lecture. The Dickens Universe, UC Santa Cruz..
"Sanitizing Sublimity: Romantic Art/Victorian Dirt." Department of Art and Art History, Texas State University, January 28, 2003.
"Sanitizing Sublimity: A Seminar." Nineteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Studies Group (NICE), Rice University. December 14, 2002.
"Dirty Pictures: John Ruskin and the Victorian Sanitation of Fine Art." British Studies Seminar, University of Texas at Austin. April 5, 2002.
Selected Conference Papers:
"Hyperaesthesia: Art After Ruskin." North American Victorian Studies Association. New Haven: Nov. 14-16, 2008.
"Brown Studies: Painting and Pestilence in Late-Victorian Fiction." NAVSA, Charlottesville. September 2005.
"Home Trading: Domestic Economy, Political Economy, and Hannah More's Coelebs in Search of a Wife." Society for the Study of Narrative
Literature, Lousiville. March 2005.
"Victorian Dust Traps." Modern Language Association, New York City. December 2002.
"'Art or Dirt' William Morris and Late-Victorian Sanitary Aesthetics." North American Conference on British Studies. Baltimore, November 2002.
"Dado or Dust-Trap? Aesthetic Borders and the Late-Victorian 'Healthy House.'" Midwest Victorian Studies Association, Chicago. April 2002.
"Sanitizing Sublimity: Romantic Art/Victorian Dirt," Modern Language Association, Washington D.C. December 2000.
Honors & Awards
2009-2010: Brown Research Fellowship, Southwestern University.
2006: C.P. Snow Fellowship, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.
2002: Sam Taylor Fellowship.
2001-present: British Studies Junior Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin.
2001: Yale Center for British Art Fellowship.
2001: Mayers Fellowship, Huntington Library (Declined).
2001: Fleur Cowles Fellowship, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.
2000: British Academy Fellowship.
2000: Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Research and Travel.
Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:
Jane Austen's fiction, Victorian fiction, contemporary film, Victorian aesthetics, filth
I am willing to talk to the media: yes
I am willing to talk to community groups about my area of expertise: yes
Can you do interviews in Spanish? no
Other languages you are fluent in:
Experience with the news media (especially electronic media):
Office: Mood-Bridwell 211