• Associate Professor, M.A. Program Director
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in English from University of Notre Dame (1996)

    Selected Publications

    Books

    • Oscar Wilde, Wilfred Owen, and Male Desire: Begotten, Not Made. Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 

    Articles/Essays

    • “Fear of a Stupid Planet: Sexuality, SF, and Kornbluth’s ‘The Marching Morons.’” Extrapolation 55 (2014): 51-74.    
    • “See-Thru Desire and the Dream of Gay Marriage: Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane on Stage and Screen.” Modern British Drama on Screen. Ed. R. Barton Palmer and William Robert Bray. Cambridge University Press, 2013. 145-68. 
    • “Sexual Gnosticism: The Procreative Code of ‘The Portrait of Mr. W. H.’” Wilde Discoveries: Traditions, Histories, Archives. Ed. Joseph Bristow. University of Toronto Press, 2013. 169-89.    
    • “Kill the Bugger: Ender’s Game and the Question of Heteronormativity.” Science Fiction Studies 36.3 (2009): 490-507. 
    • "Just Less than Total War: Simulating World War II as Ludic Nostalgia." Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games. Ed. Zach Whalen and Laurie N. Taylor. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2008. 183-200.
    • “Interpreting the War.” The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War. Ed. Vincent Sherry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 261-79.
    • “Combat Gnosticism: The Ideology of First World War Poetry Criticism.” NLH: New Literary History 30.1 (1999): 203-16.
    • “‘For You May Touch Them Not’: Misogyny, Homosexuality, and the Ethics of Passivity in First World War Poetry.” ELH: English Literary History 64.3 (1997): 823-42.
    • “Enforced Aphasia: Language, Violence and Silence in Christopher Logue’s Homeric Poetry.” LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 7.4 (1997): 283-300.
    • “Coming Home: Difference and Reconciliation in Narratives of Return to ‘the World.’” The United States and Viet Nam from War to Peace. Ed. Robert M. Slabey. McFarland and Company, 1996: 198-207.

    Courses

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    16885 LIT6936 Studies in Lct Theory Face to Face Instruction (P) M 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
    No Description Available

    No courses found for Fall 2020.

    Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
    51473 LIT3313 Science Fiction World Wide Web (W) A Unavailable
    No Description Available
    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    21730 ENG3014 Theories and Tech of Lit Study World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
    No Description Available
    19577 LIT3313 Science Fiction Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM Unavailable

    This class offers a historical overview of the genre of SF from the end of the nineteenth century to the contemporary period. We will cover the birth of the genre in the 1890s, the pulp magazine era, the Golden Age of the 40s-50s, the New Wave revolution of the 60-70s, the Cyberpunk movement of the 80s, and end with a smattering of some of the various styles that characterize SF in the past few decades. Our overall concern throughout the class will be twofold: first, to stress that SF is a genre with a history and that most individual works of SF can only be adequately interpreted in response to that history, and second, to work against the tendency to see science fiction as an essentially escapist genre by striving to connect our novels and stories to their historical, cultural, and political contexts. The class mainly uses short stories with some supplemental novels. 

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    89925 ENG6950 Capstone Course Face to Face Instruction (P) M 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable

    Unlike most other classes in the LCT program, the Capstone does not concentrate on exposure to new ideas and producing new writing; rather, this class is designed to revise and develop at least one previous paper in two different but related forms: an 8 to 10 page conference paper and a 15 to 20 page scholarly article. Students will be graded not merely on their work on their own papers, but also on their helpfulness in advising their peers. One of the most important functions of the class is to encourage students to think about writing as a multi-stage process rather than as something that is produced to fulfill the requirements of a single class.

    In addition to revision, the class will also work on professionalization, including having a current and presentable CV, being familiar with scholarly journals and calls for papers (cfps), and developing approaches to issues that affect the academy generally.

    Finally, the class has the responsibility of planning and running the annual English Department Symposium, which will take place during the Spring 2020 semester.