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Ph.D., Tufts University; M.A., State University of New York, Buffalo; B.M., Vanderbilt University
I teach courses in British Literature, including an interdisciplinary seminar in Emmanuel's Honors Program, and I actively engage in faculty-student research projects. In my classes and research, I utilize a variety of analytical paradigms, including deconstruction, feminism and history, to develop a critical context that emphasizes the subtlety and complexity of literary texts. I want to know why people valued and enjoyed literary texts in their original contexts and why we continue to do so today.
Selected Conference Presentations:
My scholarly interests lie in the literature of Britain's long eighteenth century (1660-1800) with a particular focus on the writings of Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). Currently, my research investigates how Swift critiques John Locke's empiricism by consistently figuring the decaying female body as a material resistant to the assumed stability of sensory experience. Part of this project involves my thinking about how some women writers, like Mary Wollstonecraft, use Swift and his work to challenge conventional approaches to female education and to derive complex, if unsettling, reading strategies. My interest in eighteenth-century satire led to a recently submitted article that complicates approaches to Swift's satiric methodology invested in his ability to control the trajectory and destination of his satiric attacks.