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Selected Articles

  • "'A Distorting Mirror': Shelley's The Cenci and Shakespearean Tragedy," Harvard English Studies, 1976
  • "Shakespeare's The Tempest: The Wise Man as Hero," Shakespeare Quarterly, Spring 1980
  • "Byron's Cain: A Romantic Version of the Fall," Kenyon Review, Summer 1980
  • "Prospero's Republic:  The Politics of Shakespeare's The Tempest," in Shakespeare as Political Thinker, eds. John Alvis and Thomas West, Carolina Academic Press, 1981.


Selected Articles

  • "Raising the Bar: K-8,"in Composition(s) in the New Liberal Arts, eds. Joanna Castner and James Inman (Hampton, 2009).
  • "Power All the Way: Poetry, Presidents, and the Centre," UCG Women's Studies Review  (Galway, Ireland), Volume Three, 1995, excerpted in Women Emerging, A Decade of Irish Feminist Scholarship, eds. R. Pelan and A. Hayes (National University of Ireland at Galway, 2005).
  • "Poetry, Casuality, and an Irish Ceasefire," The Peace Review, June 2001.


Selected Essays

  • "My Perfect Season": Harper's Magazine, July 2016.
  • "Profanity as Weltanschauung": Los Angeles Review of Books, December 29, 2015.
  • "Test of Faith": American Scholar, Fall 2015.
  • "If Everything's So Amazing, Why's Nobody Happy?": VQR on-line, October 5, 2015.
  • "The Idealist versus the Therapist": New York Times, August 18, 2015.



  • “Bleak House, Liquid City: Climate to Climax in Dickens” A Cambridge History of Literature and the Environment (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
  • “Where to Breathe in Gissing’s London,” Proceedings from International Conference on Modernist Literature, (Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, forthcoming).
  • “[E]motion in the Nineteenth Century: A Culture of Fidgets” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteeth-Century 19 (2014). [Peer Reviewed, digital publication].





  • 'It Spoke Itself': Female Genius and Eccentric Politics," forthcoming in American Literature, March 2005.
  • "The Body Types: Corporeal Documents and Body Politics Circa 1900," in Literary Secretaries/Secretarial Culture, ed. Leah Price and Pamela Thurschwell (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, forthcoming 2005).
  • "Typewriters and the Vote," Signs 29 (Autumn 2003): 55-83.
  • “Weeping Men” (book review), The Minnesota Review 52-4 (Fall 2001): 353-357.

Awards and Honors



  • "Malthus’s Vision: Ekphrasis and Corporate Sovereignty” to be published in Modeling Political Economy, 1720-1850 (Routledge, 2018)
  • "Institutional Structures," in Cultural History of Theatre in the Enlightenment, ed. Mechele Leon (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017)
  • "Shakespeare and Pantomime," in The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare, ed. Bruce Smith (January 2016)


Awards and Grants


Recent Special Issues of New Literary History

  • Recomposing the Humanities--with Bruno Latour (2016)
  • Song (2015)
  • Beyond Bourdieu (2015)
  • Feminist Investigations and Other Essays (2015)
  • Political Theory (2014)
  • "Interpretation and its Rivals" (2014)
  • "Use" (2014)
  • "The French Issue: New Perspectives on Reading from France" (2013)
  • "A New Europe?" 43, 4 (2012)
  • "In the Mood," 43, 4 (2012)
  • “Context?” 42, 4 (2011)
  • “Character,”  42, 2 (2011)


Recent Articles

  • "Hero and Leander in Bed (and the Morning After)," English Literary Renaissance (forthcoming)
  • "Fame, Eternity, and Shakespeare's Romans," in Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics, ed. John Cox and Patrick Gray (Cambridge, forthcoming)
  • "Tragedy" in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, vol. 2, ed. Philip Hardie and Patrick Cheney, (forthcoming)


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