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Recent Articles

  • “Elizabeth’s Bishop’s Believing as Seeing, Seeing As, and Travelling Blind,” in special issue of Religions, edited by Kevin Hart (October, 2016).
  • “Thinking the Poem: Elizabeth Bishop’s Transcendental ‘Crusoe in England’ (For Example),” in Garry Hagberg, ed., Wittgenstein and Philosophical Aesthetics (London: Palgrave, 2016).
  • “Demonstrating Rhetoric in Wharton’s Ethan Frome” (in manuscript). 
  • “Rhetoric and Poetry,” (with Thomas Sloane), Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetics (2010).
  •  “Philosophy and Literature—and Rhetoric: Adventures in Polytopia,” inGarry L. Hagberg and Walter Jost, eds., The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2010).
  • “Introduction” to Pluralism, Ethics and Religion: Essays by Wayne Booth (University of Virginia Press, 2010).
  • “Doing Ordinary Language Criticism,” The St. John's University Humanities Review, Spring, 2007.
  • “Introduction” to The Essential Wayne Booth  (University of Chicago Press, 2006).
  • Poems in Descant (Fall 2005), The Virginia Quarterly Review (July 2006), Sou’wester (Fall 2006), Virginia Quarterly Review (2009).
  • “Foreword” to James McDermott, Austere Style in Twentieth-Century Literature: Literary Minimalism (Edwin Mellen Press, 2006).
  • "Sweating the Little Things in Lumet's 12 Angry Men," in Michael Hyde, ed., The Ethos of Rhetoric (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2004).
  • “Epiphany and Epideictic: The Low Modernist Lyric in Robert Frost,” in Jost and Olmsted, eds., A Companion to Rhetoric and Rhetorical Criticism (Blackwell, 2004).
  • "Ordinary Language Brought to Grief: Robert Frost's Home" Burial,” in Dauber and Jost, eds., Ordinary Language Criticism (Northwestern University Press, 2003).
  • Introduction to Dauber and Jost, eds., Ordinary Language Criticism (Northwestern University Press, 2003).
  • "The Logos of Techne (or, By Virtue of Art)", in Joseph Petraglia, ed., New Essays on Rhetoric and Education (SUNY Press, 2003).
  • "Rhetorical Investigations of Robert Frost," in Earl Wilcox and Jonathan Barron, eds., Rereading Robert Frost (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000).


  • International Society for the History of Rhetoric Travel Grant, Summer, 2001
  • Teaching Initiative Grant, 1999
  • Sesquicentennial Research Awards, UVa, 1998, 1993, 2004
  • Senior Fellow, Commonwealth Center for Literary and Cultural Change, UVa, 1994
  • Candidate for Danforth Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1979
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Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1985
M.A. University of Chicago, 1979
M.A. University of Chicago, 1974
B.A. St. Louis University (cum laude), 1973

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