1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences



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  • "Hostel."  Blunderbuss.  Forthcoming.
  • “Fragments Are the Only Forms I Trust.”  Bridge Eight.  Forthcoming.
  • “Dead Cat Bounce.”  Posit.  Forthcoming.
  • “What Jack Says.”  Crack the Spine print anthology.  Forthcoming.  [reprint]
  • “Believe You Me.”  Wraparound South (Summer/Fall 017).  Digital.



  • “Pioneering American Fiction: James Fenimore Cooper,” in Cambridge Companion to American Novelists, ed. Timothy Parrish, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2012).
  • “Mark Twain and His Times,” in Mark Twain: Critical Insights, ed. Ken Rasmussen (Salem Press, 2010)
  • “Readapting Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction on Screen (ed. Barton Palmer, Cambridge Univ. Press,  2007).
  • “The Twain-Cable Connection,” A Companion to Mark Twain (ed. Budd and Messent, Blackwell, 2006).



  • "Enlightenment, Some Assembly Required," essay co-authored with Chad Wellmon, The Eighteenth Centuries (book chapter, U.Va. Press, 2018).
  • "The Enlightenment Index," co-authored with Chad Wellmon, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 56:3 (Fall, 2015): 359-382.


Chapters in Anthologies

  • “Looking for Lionel: Making Whiteness and Blackness in All In The Family and The Jeffersons” in African Americans on Television Race-ing for Ratings. Eds. David J. Leonard and Lisa A. Guerrero. Praeger: 2013, pages 45-68.


  • “I Want To Do Bad Things With You: HBO’s True Blood and Allegories of Miscegenation” Special issue of South Carolina Review, The Spectral South. Summer 2014.



  • “Loving the Other in 1970s Harlem: Race, Space, and Place in Aaron Loves Angela,” symploke, Vol. 18, Nos. 1-2 (2010).
  • “Harlem’s Pasts in its Present,” for Politics, Publics, Personhood: Ethnography at the Limits of Neoliberalism, ed. Carol Greenhouse, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (2009).
  • “Interdisciplinarity and Historical Encounter of the Americas,” with Heidi Tinsman, LASA Forum 36:2 (Fall 2005).


Recent Articles

  • "Form," Victorian Literature and Culture (forthcoming).
  • "Literature and Information," PMLA 130.3 (May 2015): 673-678
  • “Some Versions of Form,” in A Companion to the English Novel, ed. Stephen Arata, J. Paul Hunter, and Jennifer Wicke (Blackwell, 2015): 192-208.
  • “George Meredith,” Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, ed. Dino Franco Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes (Blackwell, 2015).


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