Professor of English
PhD, University of Michigan
During my teaching career at Northeastern Illinois University, I have taught twenty different courses at various levels (introductory writing and general education courses to graduate seminars) and topics (from early modern British poetry to postmodern American fiction).
Fairly regularly, I teach 3 different literature surveys (British Literature from Beginnings-1750; British Literature from 1750-Present; American Literature from 1865-Present) and 3 different “Major Author” courses (Shakespeare Comedies and Romances; Shakespeare Tragedies; Milton). Other courses I teach on a rotation include: Shaw and Modern British Drama, Detective Fiction, Twentieth Century Fiction from 1945-Present, and Graduate Seminar on the English Novel.
At present, my research interests are two-fold: early modern British literature (especially Milton) and contemporary detective fiction.
(Books and refereed articles)
Edited book: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Crime Fiction (working title).
Jefferson: McFarland & Company, forthcoming 2012.
Edited book: Race and Religion in the Postcolonial British Detective Story.
Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2005.
Chapter in book: “Sabrina… Or, the Lady?: Gender, Class, and the Specter of Milton in
Sabrina (1995),” in Milton in Popular Culture, Laura Lungers Knoppers and
Gregory M. Semenza, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 151-162.
Journal article: “The Lady’s Unladylike Struggle: Redefining Patriarchal Boundaries
in Milton’s Comus,” in Milton Studies (vol. 35: 1997). 1-20.