Director of Literature Program
PhD, The University of Iowa
Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Modern British and Irish literature
- Disability Studies
Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught
- Literature and Disability Studies
- Autobiography: Theory and Practice
- The Harlem and Irish Renaissances
- Modernist Fiction
Disability and Life Writing in Post-Independence Ireland. London: Palgrave MacMillan. Forthcoming, October 2019 (Literary Disability Series).
Anglo-Irish Autobiography: Class, Gender, and the Forms of Narrative. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2004. (Awarded the 2005 Robert Rhodes Prize for Best Book in Irish Literature.)
George Moore and the Autogenous Self: The Autobiography and Fiction. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1994. (Awarded of the 1995 American Conference for Irish Studies Prize for Best Book of Literary and Cultural Criticism.)
Essays (Since 2005):
"George Moore: Gender, Place and Narrative." Forthcoming in The Oxford Book of Modern Irish Fiction. Ed. Liam Harte. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming 2020.
"Protestant Autobiography in the 18th and 19th Centuries." The Cambridge History of Irish Autobiography. Ed. Liam Harte. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018: 54-68.
"Memoirs of Sight Loss from Post-Independence Ireland." The Irish University Review 47.2 (2017): 266-80.
"Rousseau, George Moore, and the Ethics of Confession."Etudes Irelandaises 41.1 (2016): 143-54.
"'The Little Red-Haired Boy, George Moore': Moore, Benmussa, Garcia and the Masculine Voices of Albert Nobbs." George Moore's Paris. Eds. Michel Brunet, Fabienne Gaspari and Mary Pierse. Oxford: Lang (Reimagining Irish Series), 2015: 251-67.
"Gossip, Art, and the Public Secret: George Moore on his Contemporaries." George Moore: Influence and Collaboration. Eds. Ann Heilmann and Mark Llewellyn. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2014: 137-50
"To Be Seduced, Transfixed, and Terrified: George Moore's Autobiographies and the Vampiric Grasp of Home." George Moore and the Quirks of Human Nature. Ed. Mary Pierse and Maria Elena Jaime de Pablos. Oxford: Lang (ReImagining Ireland Series), 2014: 143-62.
"Framing the Body: George Moore's 'Albert Nobbs' and the Disappearing Realist Subject." George Moore: Across Borders. Eds. Christine Huguet and Fabienne Garcier. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013: 193-208.
"The Online Diary and New Narrative Structures for Disability Life Writing." Interférences littéraires/ Literaire interferenties 9 (2012): 237-47. Special Issue on the Diary.
"George Moore's Correspondence as Social Practice." George Moore: Dublin, Paris, Hollywood. Eds. Adrian Frazier and Conor Montague. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2012: 156-70.
"A Dangerous Harbor: Walker Percy, Andre Dubus, and Marriage." Xavier Review. 30.1 (2011): 58-73. Special Issue on Andre Dubus/Andre Dubus II.
"Refiguring the Masculine Body in the Autobiographies of Disabled American Men." New Essays on Life Writing and the Body. Ed. Christopher Stuart. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009: 47-61.
"Body, Privacy, and Community: Reading Disability in the Late Fiction of Andre Dubus." Religion and Literature 38.3 ( 2007): 33-53.
“Irish Life Writing in the Twentieth Century.” The Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel. Ed. John Wilson Foster. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
"Castleleslie.com : Autobiography, Heritage Tourism, and Digital Design" New Hibernia Review: Iris Eireannach Nua 10:1 (Spring, 2006). (Winner of the 2007 Roger McHugh prize for Outstanding Article in Irish Studies, University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies).
Honors & Offices
- Regents Award for Distinguished Scholarship, 2018.
- Sponsored international participant in the institute, Stories of Illness and Disability in Literature and Comics: Intersections of the Medical, the Personal, and the Cultural, Berlin Museum of Medical History and the Freie Universitat Berlin, 2017.
- Oklahoma State University Award for Service, 2015
- Sponsored international participant in the Seminar on George Moore, Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco. 2014.
- 2007 Roger McHugh Prize for Outstanding Article in Irish Studies, University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies: "Casteleslie.com: Autobiography, Heritage Tourism, and Digital Design."
- 2005 Robert Rhodes Prize for Best Book in Irish Literature: Anglo-Irish Autobiography: Class, Gender, and the Forms of Narrative.
- 1995 American Conference for Irish Studies Prize for Best Book of Literary and Cultural Criticism: George Moore and the Autogenous Self: The Autobiography and Fiction.
- Amoco Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching
- Past President of the Southern Regional American Conference for Irish Studies
Recent Conference Presentations
American Conference for Irish Studies, Boston, 2019.
Current Research & Projects
- A conference paper on embodiment and language in the memoirs of Christopher Nolan and a plenary address entitled "Retjhinking Naturalism and the Literary Caricature in the Age of Body Positivity. "
- A journal article on the silent woman in Elizabeth Bowen's fiction.