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Ph.D. Monash University, 1987
M.A. Monash University, 1982
B.A. Cambridge University, 1979
My current research centers on questions of method and interpretation. My most recent book The Limits of Critique (Chicago 2015) is on the role of suspicion in literary criticism. Similar issues are explored in an edited collection, Critique and Postcritique, co-edited with Elizabeth Anker and forthcoming with Duke University Press. I am starting a new project on forms of aesthetic attachment: how and why we get stuck to works of art. Individual chapters are devoted to the complexities of attunement, identification, and affiliation. I also have longstanding interests in feminist theory, modernity and postmodernity, genre (especially tragedy), comparative literature, and cultural studies.
In 2016 I was awarded a Niels Bohr Professorship to lead a research project on "Uses of Literature: The Social Dimensions of Literature," and I will be spending fall semesters at the University of Southern Denmark for the next five years.
(co-edited with Elizabeth Anker)
(co-edited with Susan Stanford Friedman)
Turkish translation 2010; Polish translation 2016
Korean translation 2010
Korean translation 1998; Chinese Translation 2017