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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.



  • “The Duchess and the Cadaver: Doubling and Microarchitecture in Late Medieval Art” in Personification: Embodying Meaning and Emotion, ed. Bart Ramakers and Walter Melion (Brill, 2016), 575-600
  • “Acoustic Delay: Body Technique in the Hortus Conclusus” in Sound and Scent in the Garden, ed D. Fairchild Ruggles (Cambridge: Harvard-Dumbarton Oaks, 2016), 31-51


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.



Review of The Driftless Zone by Richard Harsch, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, (Fall 1997): 240-41.


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)


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.



  • '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)


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)



In the Mood: Special Issue of New Literary History  43.3 (Summer 2012).  Co-edited with Rita Felski.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice: Copia Annotated E-Reader.  New York: Copia Editions, 2011.

Jane Austen, Northranger Abbey: Norton Critical EditionNew York: Norton, 2004.


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