Ph.D. University of Edinburgh, 1983. Courses taught range over 16th–20th century British literature and culture and 20th-century American literature. Research interests include early modern (1660 –) and modern British literature.
Main publications (monographs):
*Utopian Negotiation: Aphra Behn and Margaret Cavendish (Syracuse University Press, 2013)
*Form as Compensation for Life: Fictive Patterns in Virginia Woolf’s Novels (Boydell & Brewer/Camden House, 1998)
*A Critical Introduction to Henry Green’s Novels: The Living Vision (Macmillan, 1986).
Select international publications (articles): ’Free Will and Pleasure: Epicureanism in Thomas More’s Utopia’ (forthcoming); ‘Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World: Natural Art and the Body Politic’, in Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700, ed. Sara H. Mendelson, vol. 7 (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2009), 307-29 (first published in Studies in Philology, XCVI, No. 4, 1999); 'Fighting the Kingdom of Faction in Bell in Campo', Early Modern Literary Studies, 14 (May 2004), pp. 1-12; ‘Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko: Cultural Dialectics and the Novel’, ELH, 68 (2001), pp. 57-79; ‘Structuralism and Interpretation: Ernest Hemingway’s “Cat in the Rain”‘, in New Critical Approaches to the Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, ed. Jackson J. Benson (Durham NC and London: Duke University Press, 1990), pp. 58-72.
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