School of Arts and Humanities
121 East Tenth St.
Claremont, CA 91711
Humanities Faculty House
135 East Twelfth St., #4
Spring 2013 Office Hours
Tuesdays, 1 - 3 pm, or by appointment
Ph.D., English Literature, Claremont Graduate University
M.A., English Literature, Chapman University
B.A., English Literature, California State University, Long Beach
The History of the Novel; Death and Literature; The Gothic
Eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century British literature
Courting Death: Eros and Thanatos in Eighteenth-Century Fiction (in progress)
Necropolitics: Legislating the Dead Body and the Victorian Novel (in progress)
Writing Death and Absence in the Victorian Novel: Engraved Narratives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
(Editor). Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature. Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature. New York: Routledge, forthcoming May 2013.
"Epitaphic Representation in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend." Dickens Studies Annual 43, (2012): 141-67.
“Pip, Tombstones, and the Illustration History of Great Expectations.” Great Expectations: A Norton Critical Edition. 2nd edition. Ed. Edgar Rosenberg. New York: Norton, forthcoming 2013.
“Preserved Remains: Embalming in Eighteenth-Century England.” Eighteenth-Century Life 33, 3 (2009): 65-104.
“Wilkie Collins, Narrativity, and Epitaph.” Dickens Studies Annual 36, (2005): 229-264.
“Courting Death: Necrophilia in Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa.” Studies in the Novel 32, 2 (2000): 11-27.
Selected Conference Papers
"Suffocating Cockatoos and Hibernating Swallows." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Cleveland, OH, April 4-7, 2013.
"'Disaster at Sea': Shipwrecks and the Cultural Imagination," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, March 31-April 3, 2011
"Cutting Dubster and Burning Wigs: Comic Relief in Camilla," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Vancouver, BC, March 17-20, 2011
"'Arresting the Dead:' Victorian Insolvency Laws and the Novel," Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, March 2-6, 2011
“Death Embraced: Camilla’s Dream as Vampiric Fantasy,” Burney and the Gothic Conference
The Burney Society of North America, Portland, OR, October 28-29, 2010
“The Reluctant Memorial: Commemorating Dickens,” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA , December 27-30, 2009
“’In order to avoid hell’: Preparing for Death in the Eighteenth-Century Sermon,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Atlanta, GA, March 22-25, 2007
“The Erotics of the Female Ill Body in the Victorian Novel,” Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association, University of California, Riverside, November 10-11, 2006
“Biblical Allusions and Embedded Meaning in Charlotte Brontë’s Fiction,” Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, Pepperdine University, October 26-28, 2006