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Department of English Language and Literature
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PhD, Brandeis University, 2002
BA, Hunter College, The City University of New York, 1996
Areas of Specialization
• Nineteenth-Century American Literature
• Psychoanalytic Theory and Queer Theory
• Gender Studies and Masculinity Studies
• Film, Television, and Popular Culture (Hitchcock, The Woman's Film, Film Noir, 1970s Film, De Palma, Contemporary Hollywood, Genre Film and Television)
• The History of American Literary Criticism
Recently Taught Courses
• Gender and Sexuality in Nineteenth Century American Literature
• The American Novel to 1914
• The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
• The American Gothic in the 19th and 20th Centuries
• American Romanticism
• The American Novel to the Civil War
• Male Sexuality in the American Renaissance
Current Research Projects
I am currently working on a book titled The Transformations of Influence: Nineteenth-Century American Literature and British Tradition. My book reopens the question of literary influence, which has been understudied since the 1990s, through an analysis of the writings of nineteenth-century authors Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, James, and Jewett. Influence allows us to see the ways that American authors used precursor texts to probe their own nation and further their literary projects. Moreover, influence illuminates pressing issues of gender, sexuality, and race in these writings, the moments of revision and potential resistance that evinced nineteenth-century authors' critical analysis of literary tradition and uses of this tradition to imagine alternative possibilities.
• Queering the Terminator: Sexuality and Cyborg Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2017)
• Intimate Violence: Hitchcock, Sex, and Queer Theory (Oxford University Press, 2017)
• Ghost Faces: Hollywood and Post-Millennial Masculinity (SUNY Press, March 2016; paperback, 2017)
• Gender Protest and Same-Sex Desire in Antebellum American Literature: Margaret Fuller, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville (Ashgate, March 2014; Routledge, paperback edition, 2016).
• Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin (The University of Texas Press, 2013). For more information, please click here.
• The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud, and the Politics of Gender (The Ohio State University Press, 2012). For more information, please click here.
• Representations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema: The Woman's Film, Film Noir, and Modern Horror (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Paperback edition published in September 2013. For more information, please click here.
• Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush (The University of Texas Press, 2009). For more information, please click here.
• Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek: Allegories of Desire in the Television Series and Films (McFarland, 2009). For more information, please click here.
• Men Beyond Desire: Manhood, Sex, and Violation in American Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) Paperback edition published in September 2012. For more information, please click here.
• “Valdemar’s Abjection: Poe, Kristeva, Masculinity, and Victim-Monsters,” Studies in Gender and Sexuality (accepted)
• “The Dark Side of Blondeness: Vertigo and Race,” Screen (accepted).
• “Hawthorne and Influence: Reframing Tradition,” Introduction to Special Issue of The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review: "Hawthorne and Influence,” vol. 42, no. 1, Spring 2016.
• “Incest and Intertextuality: Female Desire and Milton’s Legacy in The House of the Seven Gables.” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 62.1 (2016): 39-76.
• “Jewett’s Mythic Ambivalence: Hellenism, Femininity, and Desire in the Dunnet Landing Stories,” Nineteenth Century Studies, vol. 25 (2015)
• "Hitchcock and Queer Sexuality." The Cambridge Companion to Alfred Hitchcock, edited by Jonathan Freedman.
• “‘You Can Put That in the Past Tense’: Heterosexual Ambivalence and Torn Curtain,” The Hitchcock Annual, vol. 19, 2014, 36-81.
• "The Death-Mother in Psycho: Hitchcock, Femininity, and Queer Desire." Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 15:3, 167-181, 2014
• “Spectral Men: Femininity, Race, and Traumatic Manhood in the RTV Ghost-Hunter Genre.” Reality Gendervision: Sexuality and Gender on Transatlantic Reality Television. Ed. Brenda R. Weber. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014. 316-339.
• "The Homoerotics of James' Hawthorne: Race, Aesthetics, and American Masculinity," American Literary Realism, 1870-1910, vol. 46, no. 2, Winter 2014.
• "Intimate Violence: Marnie and Queer Resilience," The Hitchcock Annual, vol. 18, 2013.
• "I Love You, Brom Bones: Beta Male Comedies and American Culture," Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Issue 30.3, May, 2013
• "Making a Meal of Manhood: Revisiting Rope and the Question of Hitchcock's Homophobia," Genders, Issue 56, Fall 2012
• "New Girls and Bandit Brides: Female Narcissism and Lesbian Desire in Fuller's Summer on the Lakes," Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, vol. 29, no. 1 (2012), pp. 37-61.
• "Hawthorne and the Gender of Jewishness: Anti-Semitism, Aesthetics, and Sexual Politics in The Marble Faun," The Journal of American Culture, vol. 35, no. 2 (June 2012).
• "American Medusa: Bette Davis, Beyond the Forest, Femininity, and Camp," Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media (no. 53, summer 2011)
• "Masculinist Theory and Romantic Authorship: Hawthorne, Politics, and Desire," New Literary History, Vol. 39, Issue 4, Autumn 2008.
• “ ‘Greedily she engorg’d’: Seduction and Influence in Paradise Lost.” “Literary Influence: Queer Reframings,” Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, January 5-8, 2017.
• SCMS Workshop, “Cruising ‘Cruising’ (1980): Rethinking Strategies and Approaches to a Controversial Film,” Society or Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Atlanta, March 30-April 3, 2016.
• “Hawthorne and Milton: Remapping Intertextuality,” Modern Language Association Convention, Austin, January 7-10, 2016.
• “Spenser in Blithedale: Gender and Allegory,” American Literature Association Conference, Boston, May 2015.
• "Hepzibah in the Mirror," Hawthorne in the Berkshires, conference of The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, North Adams, MA, June 12-15, 2014.
• "'You’re a Strange Girl, Charlie’ ": Femininity, the Dandy, and The Social Implications of Shadow of a Doubt,""Hitchcock, Women, and Queer Sexuality," Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Seattle, March 19-23, 2014 (organized panel; co-presenters Tania Modleski, Lee Edelman, Joseph Litvak, and Susan White).
• "Piercing the Sonorous Envelope: Singing for the Feminine Aesthetic in ‘Circumstance,'" "Antebellum Affects:Literature and Theory," Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, June 9-12, 2014.
• "Manly Love and Its Discontents: Melville, Whitman, and the Dream of American. Brotherhood,"Melville and Whitman in Washington, DC: The Civil War and After, Washington, DC, June 4-7, 2013.
• "The Return of the Father: Deadwood and the Contemporary Gender Politics of Complexity," Mediating Masculine Hegemony in the Modern American Empire, American Studies Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 15-18, 2012
• "Hawthorne, Freud, and Visual Identity in the 1850s: The Marble Faun and Hawthorne's Homoerotic Hellenism," Conversazioni in Italia: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe, Florence, June 2012
• "Plata Quemada (Burnt Money) and the Problem of the Queer Villain." "Global Masculinities: Film and Gender Crisis" (Panel Chair and Organizer), American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, RI, March, 2012.
• "Desire in Marble: Vision, Classical Antiquity, and Homoerotic Spectacle in Melville's Travel Writing." Melville and Rome: Empire, Democracy, Belief, Art. The Eighth International Melville Conference. Rome, Italy: 22-26 June 2011.
• "Poe's Mythologies: Transatlantic Nineteenth Century Hellenism as World Literature." American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver, Canada, April, 2011.
• "I Love You, Brom Bones": Beta Male Comedies, Homophobia, and the History of American Masculinity." Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, March 2011.
• "Frederick Crews and Freud: Sexuality and Cultural Backlash." Freud After Derrida, Winnipeg, Canada, October 2010.