106 East Del Ray Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301-1324
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ph.D. in English, summa cum laude, with a concentration in Literary Studies, December, 2000
Summer program, 1997
College (now Salem State University)
M.A. in English, summa cum laude, with concentrations in both literature and creative writing, 1995. Comprehensive Examinations in American Romanticism (with distinction), 17th Century British Literature (with distinction), The Victorian Novel, and Arthurian Literature
Masters Writing Project: Call It in the Air, a play
Rock College (now Bard College at Simon’s Rock)
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
B.A. in Social Science, 1984
The Sigh and the Scream: The Poetics of Kenosis and Plerosis
Directors: Ihab Hassan and James Sappenfield
My dissertation explores the concepts of kenosis and plerosis (emptying and overfilling) as aesthetic values and sources of sublime experience in poetry from the Romantic era through Modernism. The first half delineates and explains my critical approach, while the remainder applies it to the poetry of the English Romantics, Edgar Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, and Wallace Stevens.
PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES
Plerosis/Kenosis: Poetic Language and its Energies. New York: Peter Lang, 2012. 286 pages plus index.
Contributor, Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies, 2007-2012 (on-line reviews of recent scholarship in Romanticism)
Contributed essay, “‘Too Much of Articulation’: Whitman’s Long Retreat,” and participated in a seminar panel on “Interpreting the Shifting Texts of Walt Whitman and/or Emily Dickinson,” Association of Literary Scholars and Critics Conference, October, 2008.
“Positive Ambiguity: or, Why Keats’s ‘Lamia’ Did Not Become a Fragment,” published in Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism (the journal of the International Conference on Romanticism) 15 (2007). Republished as “Positive Ambiguity: The Case of Keats” in On Theorizing Romanticism and Other Essays on the State of Scholarship Today, ed. Larry H. Peer, Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.
“Pursuing the Plerotic Sublime: Romantic Poetry and the Failure of Language” (expanded version of talk given below) published in Romanticism: Comparative Discourses, ed. Diane Hoeveler and Larry H. Peer, Ashgate Press, 2006.
Delivered Paper, “Pursuing the Plerotic Sublime: Romantic Poetry and the Failure of Language,” International Conference on Romanticism — November, 2003 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Delivered Paper, “Wordsworth and the Problems of Memory,” International Conference on Romanticism — November, 2002 (Tallahassee, Florida)
Chaired Panel, “Nations and Civil Liberties,” American Conference on Romanticism — November, 1999 (Bloomington, Indiana)
Delivered response, “Preserving Our Profession through Pleasure,” to a paper by Dr. Richard Ohmann at a forum on the future of English departments at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies — November, 1998 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Contributed research to a series of three articles by Dr. William Halloran in the Yeats Annual on the relationship between Sharp/Macleod and W. B. Yeats. A full edition of the letters of Sharp/Macleod, a project on which I worked for a full year, is available at The William Sharp Archive, http://ies.sas.ac.uk/cmps/Projects/Sharp/index.htm.
Delivered presentation, “Prepared Peer Response,” at “Those Who Can Teach!”: The Preparing Future Faculty to Teach Composition Conference, Marquette University — December, 1997
Contributed plot synopsis of Herman Melville’s The Confidence Man for McGill Masterplots, 1997
Term Assistant Professor, George Mason University, 2005-present (Visiting Assistant Professor, 2003-2005; Adjunct Professor 2000-2003)
Courses designed and taught: Dimensions of Writing and Literature (ENGL325), Advanced Composition for the Humanities (ENGL302H), Western Literary Masterworks (ENGL203), American Novels (ENGL202), Reading and Writing About Text (ENGL201). Other course taught: EdiT: Enhanced Digital Text (ENGL209).
Graduate Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1997-1999
Courses designed and taught: Introduction to British Literature: Romanticism through Modernism (350-222), American Novels (350-263). Other courses taught: College Composition: Argument and Inquiry (350-102) (co-designed), Introduction to College Composition (350-101).
Coordinator of Communication Skills, Salem State College, 1995-1996
Directed support services in English for ESL and developmental students; trained and supervised tutors; developed and taught a new, intensive six-week summer English component for at-risk incoming freshman; conducted support classes in literature and composition.
Coordinator, The Classical Presence (formerly Ancient Studies/Modern Frames), Mason Topics, George Mason University, 2002-2003. Supervised division of learning-community type linked-courses program for first- and second-year students. Also taught within program, 2002-07
George Mason University
Adjunct Faculty Committee, 2000-01
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Literary Studies Advisory Committee, 1998-1999
George Mason University: Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship for 1999-2000; passed preliminary examinations for Ph.D. with distinction, 1999; Frederick J. Hoffman Award (departmental award for best graduate student essay) runner-up 1997, 1998, and 2000
International Yeats School, Sligo, Ireland: scholarship to attend summer program, 1997
Salem State College: Academic Excellence Award 1993, 1994, and 1995; Literary Criticism Forum (departmental award for best graduate student essay) First Prize, 1995; Literary Criticism Forum, Second Prize, 1994
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
International Conference on Romanticism
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society