Areas of Interest & Expertise
Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught
Leather-Stocking Redux: Or, Old Tales, New Essays (AMS Press, 2010).
Reading Cooper, Teaching Cooper (AMS Press, 2007).
The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground, by James Fenimore Cooper. ed. with Lance Schachterle and James P. Elliott (AMS Press, 2002).
"Cooper and America: A Bibliographical Essay" in James Fenimore Cooper: A Historical Guide (Oxford UP, 2007)
Recent Grants & Research Trips
Recent Conference Presentations
“Cole and Cooper’s Landscape with Figures—On Canvas, on Paper.” American
"Reading Rose Budd; Or, Tough Sledding in Jack Tier." American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, 27 May 2010.
"Selling Cooper, Selling Chicago; or, Selling Mohicans as Bestseller." American Literature Association Conference, Cambridge, MA. 22 May 2009.
"More Flotsam and Jetsam in Editing Fenimore Cooper." James Fenimore Cooper Conference, Cooperstown and Oneonta, NY. 10 July 2007.
"Re-Reading the Early Republic: From Crevecoeur to Cooper," Visiting Faculty, AAS Seminar on the History of the Book, June 2007.
"The Case of the Missing Corpus; Or, The Art of Literary Sleuthing," 2004 Babcock Lecture, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
Current Research & Projects
My edition (in preparation) of the unpublished letters of James Fenimore
Cooper, a supplement to the six-volume Letters and
1960-1968) contains over one hundred newly discovered letters. I
am also working on a study of undergraduate literary culture in eighteenth-century
American colleges. Based almost entirely on student manuscripts,
this study will examine what undergraduates learned as collegians, what
they read, who they emulated, and why colleges tended to serve as
the training ground for most poets of the period. My other
chief interests include Hollywood romantic comedy and the films of the
classical Hollywood period, as well as the history of the book and the
ways in which novels were published in America and England in the nineteenth