• Elliott Professor of Rhetoric and Humanities

    Morton 019
    (434) 223-6250



Ph.D., Duke University, 1985
M.A., Duke University, 1976
B.A., College of William and Mary, 1973

Teaching Interests

Nineteenth-century British literature
literary theory
gender studies
Victorian literature
Literary Criticism
Introduction to Literature
Art of the Essay

Committee Assignments & Service to the College

Co-Director of the Writing Center (with Lowell Frye) 
Director of the Rhetoric Program (2004-2007 and previous years, as well)
Academic Affairs Committee (2012-present and previous years as well)
Faculty Affairs Committee
Strategic Planning Committee/QEP committee
Curriculum Review Committee (chair)
Assessment Committee

Most Recent Publications

"British Travelers and the 'Condition-of-America Question': Defining America in the 1830s." Written jointly with Lowell T. Frye. In Nineteenth-Century British Travelers in the New World. Edited by Christine DeVine. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate Press, 2013. Pp. 121-150.

"What Aristotle and Stephen Colbert Have in Common: Writing Revolution, Part Two." With Lowell T. Frye and Christopher B. Howard. Article in response to "Writing Revolution," by Peg Tyre. The Atlantic online. 5 October 2012. Editor of Three Stories by George Meredith

Author of articles on Victorian literature and culture 

Theory and practice of college writing

Presentations on Victorian literature and culture 

Teaching college writing at conferences

Conference Presentations

"Victorian Male Feminists." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Men's Studies Association, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 2013.

"Carlyle, Meredith, and the Doctrine of Work." Presented at the International Carlyle Conference, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2012.

"'Guys Read: Collegiate Edition." Two panel discussions organized, one including HSC & Wabash College students, another including HSC & Wabash faculty (I was one of the faculty participants). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Men's Studies Association, Minneapolis, March 2012.

"Focusing on Male Students & Literacy in an All-Male Rhetorical Theory Class." Paper presented as part of 2011--2012 QEP Symposium on Making the Grade: Male Students in Higher Education, Hampden-Sydney College, February 2012. 

"A Major Change at Hampden-Sydney College: Developing a Men's Studies Minor." Panel discussion organized with Sarah Hardy. Presented at annual meeting of the American Men's Studies Association, Kansas City, April 2011.

Other Interests

Member of College church choir and Commonwealth Chorale
Supporter/volunteer with Prince Edward County schools and Farmville/Prince Edward County public library


Spouse: Lowell T. Frye
Children: Lowell Charles, Alice Elizabeth