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“A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.” ~Benjamin Disraeli
I have a B.A. in English from Rollins College, M.A. in English from the University of South Florida, Ph.D. in English from the University of South Florida, and Certificate in Digital Humanities from Oxford University. I have served as secretary, vice president, and president of the Florida College English Association. I work closely with our Interdisciplinary Studies Program and edited the inaugural volume of META: An Interdisciplinary Journal. I also launched the online version of the publication as well as our digital META Project.
My courses include Interdisciplinary Studies I & II, British Literature I & II, American Literature I & II, Western Humanities I & II, and East-West Synthesis. I am committed to innovative, interdisciplinary, and student-centered teaching. To that end, I encourage students to read assiduously and to appreciate, as Aldous Huxley rightly observes, that “every [individual] who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.” In teaching writing, I accentuate the relationship between thinking and writing central to the Writing to Learn movement (Rossenwasser & Stephen). Moreover, I believe that students benefit from curricula focused on global awareness in this interconnected world and participate in programs abroad. While at the University of South Florida, I was honored to receive the James Parrish Award for Outstanding Teaching.
My primary research focuses on global history as a theoretical approach to aesthetics and literary studies. In 2008, I was honored to win a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to pursue study of W. B. Yeats at the National University of Ireland and Trinity College. W. B. Yeats: A Reassessment required alliance with scholars from the USA, Ireland, and the UK as well as joint publication. More recently, I have won National Endowment for the Humanities grants to study Shakespeare at the Folger Library: From the Globe to the Global and Modernism at Stanford University: Cultures of Interwar Urban Modernism. My most recent book, The Imperial Quest and Modern Memory (Routledge, 2005), makes use of postcolonial theory to track both the tensions and intersections between modernism and imperialism in the modern novel. The Imperial Quest and Modern Memory is part of Wellesley's Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory Series. I am currently co-editing a book that evolved from NEH research at Stanford University: Transnational Modernism and Urban Conflict in the Interwar Era. Our project examines cultural vanguards and sites of urban conflict in the interwar period. I enjoy my profession and remind students that, in Emily Dickinson's words, “The Possible's slow fuse is lit / By the Imagination.”
See you in class!
We will have a great semester!
META: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL: http://meta.spcollege.edu/
|0490 Fall Term 2014|
|AML 2010 AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1865||2346||SEM||Online||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|ENL 2012 BRITISH LITERATURE I (to 1800)||1022||SEM||Online||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|IDS 1111H HONORS INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES: CONNECTIONS AND DISCOVERIES||2431||SEM||Blended||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|LIT 2110 WORLD LITERATURE I (Ancient World Through Renaissance)||1741||SEM||Online||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|LIT 2110 WORLD LITERATURE I (Ancient World Through Renaissance)||1752||SEM||In Class||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|LIT 2110 WORLD LITERATURE I (Ancient World Through Renaissance)||1777||SEM||Online||Aug 18 2014||Dec 12 2014|
|0485 Summer Term 2014|
|HUM 2233 WESTERN HUMANITIES: BAROQUE TO CONTEMPORARY||409||SEM||Online||May 19 2014||Jul 25 2014|
|LIT 2110 WORLD LITERATURE I (Ancient World Through Renaissance)||1256||SEM||Online||May 19 2014||Jul 11 2014|
|LIT 2120 WORLD LITERATURE II (Renaissance to the Present)||618||SEM||Online||May 19 2014||Jul 11 2014|