Degrees

Ph.D. Princeton University, 2011

M.A. New York University, 2005

B.A. New York University, 2004

Teaching

I specialize in Victorian literature and in literary and critical theory. My wider interests include the novel, comparative nineteenth-century fiction, the history and phenomenology of reading, psychoanalysis and the history of psychology, gender and sexuality studies, race and ethnicity studies, and contemporary fiction and creative non-fiction.

Research

My current book project, Novel Relations: George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and British Object Relations, examines the interconnections of late-Victorian fiction and mid-twentieth-century British object relations psychoanalysis and its modern inheritors. Through careful “relational readings” that place Victorian novels and key psychoanalytic essays side by side, my book illuminates the way nineteenth-century narrative structures make their way into modern theories of the psyche, shaping the ways we understand and experience our own subjectivity. In turn, object relations theory – hugely important to modern psychoanalytc practice and thought, but remarkably underused by literary critics and theorists – opens up new ways of understanding Victorian fiction, uncovering other indices of feeling, a different phenomenology of reading, and an enriched imagination of the object relations between novel readers, writers, characters, and narrators.

Publications 

Articles

“Alone with Tess,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 48.1 (2015): 18-44.

“The Weariness of the Victorian Novel: Middlemarch and the Medium of Feeling,” English Language Notes 48.1 (2010), Special Issue on Genre and Affect, 139-154.

 Essays and reviews

“Alien Sex.” Virtual Roundtable on Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love by Emily Witt (FSG, 2016), Public Books, March 24 2017. http://www.publicbooks.org/virtual-roundtable-future-sex/

“Minimal Care in Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea.” Los Angeles Review of Books, Jan 15, 2017. https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/minimal-care-in-kenneth-lonergans-manchester-by-the-sea/

Collations: Book Forum on Elisha Cohn’s Still Life (Oxford UP), V21 website, Dec 2016. http://v21collective.org/collations-book-forum-elisha-cohns-still-life-suspended-development-victorian-novel/

 Review of The Buried Giant: A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Psychoanalytic Psychology 33.4 (Oct 2016): 626-631.

 “One-sentence pastiche,” in The Pocket Instructor: Literature: 101 Exercises for the College Classroom, ed. Diana Fuss and Bill Gleason. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014. pp. 273-275.

Review of The Christopher Bollas Reader. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 18 (2013): 101-104.

Honors and Awards

Honorable Mention, NAVSA Donald Gray Prize for best essay published in the field of Victorian Studies, 2015

American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship, 2012-2013

Mellon-Keiter Postdoctoral Fellowship, Amherst College, 2011-2013

Five College Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Amherst College, 2010-2011