Faculty & Staff
Areas of Expertise
18th century literature; rise of the novel; history of the book; and law and literature
PhD, Harvard University
Professional Publications & Contributions
- The Orphan in Eighteenth-Century Law and Literature: Estate, Blood, and Body (Ashgate, 2011).
- Novel Definitions: An Anthology of Commentary on the Novel, 1688-1815 (Broadview, 2010).
- Editor, Sir Robert Howard, The Committee (1665). The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Drama. General Ed. J. Douglas Canfield. (Broadview, 2001).
- "Ann Radcliffe's Commonplace Book: Assembling the Female Body and the Material Text," Women's Writing (2015).
- "Regulating the Unstable Family: Eliza Haywood's Fiction and the Development of Family Law," Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies (2014).
- "Orphans," Childhood Studies, Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press, 2013):
- Co-author with Louise Penner, "Materials of the 'Everyday' Writer: Letter-Writing in Eighteenth-Century England and America," in Women and Things: Material Culture, 1750-1950. Eds. Beth Tobin and Maureen Goggin. (Ashgate, 2009).
- “Order in the Family Court: Maternal Disruption in Chancery, Roxana, and Maria,” Everyday Revolutions: Eighteenth-Century Women Transforming Public and Private. Eds. Diane Boyd and Marta Kvande. (UDelaware, 2008).
- “Legal and Familial Recordkeeping: Chancery Court Records and Charlotte Smith’s The Old Manor House, Literature Compass (2005).
- Co-author with Louise Penner, “Writing by the Book: Jane Austen’s Heroines and the Art and Form of the Letter,” Persuasions On-Line: The Jane Austen Journal (2005).
- “Accounting for the Self: Teaching Robinson Crusoe at a Business School.” Approaches to Teaching Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Eds. Maximillian E. Novak and Carl Fisher. (MLA, 2005).
- “The Surrogate Family Plot in the Annesley Case and Memoirs of an Unfortunate Young Nobleman.” The Eighteenth-Century Novel. (AMS, 2003).
- “‘Stop a Moment at this Preface’: The Gendered Para-texts of Fielding, Barker, and Haywood.” JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory (2002)
- “Maternal Guardianship by 'Nature' and 'Nurture': Eighteenth-Century Chancery Court Records and Clarissa.” Intertexts (2001).
- “Balancing the Courtship Hero: Masculine Emotional Display in Austen's Novels' Film Adaptations.” Jane Austen in Hollywood. Eds. Linda V. Troost and Sayre N. Greenfield, (UKentucky, 1998); Excerpted as “Darcy in Action” in Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, (Norton Critical Edition, 2001).
- “Creating the Text of Guardianship: 12 Car.II.c.24 and Cutter of Coleman Street.” Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700. (1995)
Selected Courses Taught:
The Rise of the Novel; The Pre-modern and Postmodern Novel; The History of the Book; Law and Literature, The Monstrous Imagination in Literature; Comedy; Libraries and the Making of Knowledge, Five British Authors; Understanding Literature; Freshman Composition I and II.
The Teaching of Literature; The Rise of the Novel; Political, Theatrical, and Literary Culture in London, 1660-1725; Books, Manuscripts, Libraries; Literary Sites and Spaces, The Gothic.
- Curator, "The Imaginative Worlds of Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, and the Early Novel," Rare Books Exhibition, Boston Public Library, November 2013-April 2014.
- Curator, “Crooks, Rogues, and Maids Less than Virtuous: Books in the Streets of 18th-Century London,” Rare Books Exhibition, Boston Public Library, December 12, 2006-May 1 2007.
- “Orphans, Wards, and Lost Children: Eighteenth-Century Facts and Fictions,” Teaching Pamphlet: Innovative Course Design Winning Proposal. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2001-2.