Elliott Professor of English
Morton Hall, 025
B.A. Williams College, English and History, 1987 Magna Cum Laude, Honors in English; M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, English, 1988; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, English, with a minor in film studies, 1993.
"'Tu no eres nada de dominicano': Unnatural Narration and De-Naturalizing Gender Constructs in Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Journal of Men's Studies, Winter/Spring 2014.
"The Eyes in the Trees: Magical Realism and Transculturation in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible." Chapter from Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 346, 2014.
Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural: The Function of Fantastic Devices in Seven Recent Novels. Monograph. 2008.
"The Invisible Woman: Narrative Strategies in Carol Shields's The Stone Diaries." Journal of Narrative Theory, Winter 2006.
"Family Stories: Gender and Discourse in Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter." Narrative, January 2002.
"Feminist Uses of the Fantastic in Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea." Modern Fiction Studies, Fall 2001. [Rpt. in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 171, 2006.]
Normalizing Freakery: Katherine Dunn's Geek Love and the Female Grotesque. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Summer 2000.
Independence Fostering Community: The Benefits of an Independent Writing Program at a Small Liberal Arts College. (Co-authed with Elizabeth Deis and Lowell Frye). In the volume Field of Dreams, University of Utah Press, 2002.
Teaching Academic Literary: The Uses of Teacher-Research in Developing a Writing Program. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publisher. Co-editor and author of two chapters, 1999.
Article on the intersections of theories of the fantastic, magic realism and unnatural narrative theory.
"Detection, Colonialism, Postcolonialism: The Sense of an Ending in Julian Barnes's Arthur & George."
"Inventing, Revising, and Reinventing Women: the Feminist Fantastic in the Novellas of Steven Millhauser."
"(Mis)Reading Natalie: The Viewer's Cognitive Processes and the Unreadable in Christopher Nolan's Memento."
"Everything is ending but not yet": Post-Modern Irony and the New Sincerity in Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad."