I am a faculty member in the Department of English and the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs; hence, my work crosses disciplinary boundaries. My area of scholarly expertise is 19th-Century American literature and culture, with particular interests in issues of race and gender identity. Writers on whom I have published include Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frederick Douglass, and Edgar Allan Poe. I have also begun to develop scholarly interests in literature of the Civil War, including Confederate literature, which is largely unstudied.
American Culture, Canons, and the Case of Elizabeth Stoddard. Co-edited collection of essays
with Robert McClure Smith. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2003.
Articles and book chapters:
“Perilous Proximities: The Meaning of Marriage in ‘Wakefield.’” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 39 (2013): 94-115.
“Poe, Southworth, and the Antebellum Wife.” E.D.E.N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist. Eds. Melissa Homestead and Pamela Washington. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2012.
“Unquiet Unbelief: Hawthorne, Melville, and the Spirits.” Hawthorne and Melville: Writing Relationship. Eds. Jana Argersinger and Leland Person. Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 2008. 297-320. Reprinted in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Jelena Krstovic. Vol. 166. Detroit: Gale, 2012.
“Women, Ownership, and Gothic Manhood in Pierre.” Melville and Women. Eds. Elizabeth Schultz and Haskell Springer. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2006. 141-160.
“Hawthorne and Race.” The Blackwell Companion to Herman Melville. Ed. Wyn Kelley. Blackwell, 2006. 327-341.
“Writing Revolt in the Wake of Nat Turner: Frederick Douglass and the Construction of Black Domesticity in ‘The Heroic Slave.’” Studies in American Fiction 33 (2005): 193-202
“Considering Possession in The Scarlet Letter." The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings: The Norton Critical Edition. Ed. Leland Person. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005. Reprinted from Studies in American Fiction 29 (2001): 93-112.
“Reconstructing Temple House.” American Culture, Canons, and the Case of Elizabeth Stoddard. Eds. Robert McClure Smith and Ellen Weinauer. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2003. 232-264.
"Plagiarism and the Proprietary Self: Policing the Boundaries of Authorship in Herman Melville's 'Hawthorne and His Mosses.'" American Literature 69 (1997): 697-718.
"Alternative Economies: Women Authors, Women Owners in Elizabeth Stoddard's 'Collected by a Valetudinarian.'" Studies in American Fiction 25 (1997): 167-182.
"'A Most Respectable-Looking Gentleman': Transvestism and Transgression in William Craft's Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom." Passing and the Fictions of Identity. Ed. Elaine K. Ginsberg. Durham: Duke University Press, 1996. 37-56.