Degrees

Ph.D. Princeton University, 2011

M.A. New York University, 2005

B.A. New York University, 2004

Teaching & Research Interests

I specialize in Victorian literature and critical theory, with a focus on psychoanalysis. My wider interests include the history of the novel, critical race and ethnic studies, decolonial and postcolonial studies, contemporary poetry, Latinx studies, and Xicana feminism(s).

Book

My book, Novel Relations: Victorian Fiction and British Psychoanalysis (Princeton University Press, 2019), engages twentieth-century post-Freudian British psychoanalysis in an unprecedented way: as literary theory. Placing the writing of figures like D. W. Winnicott, W. R. Bion, Michael and Enid Balint, Joan Riviere, Paula Heimann, and Betty Joseph in conversation with canonical Victorian fiction, my book reveals just how much object relations can teach us about how and why we read. British psychoanlysis illustrates the ever-shifting impact our relations with others have on the psyche, and help us see how literary figures—characters, narrators, authors, and other readers—shape and structure us too. Novels are charged relational fields.

Closely reading novels by George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, my book shows that traditional understandings of Victorian fiction change when we fully recognize the object relations of reading. And it is not by chance that British psychoanalysis illuminates underappreciated aspects of Victorian fiction so vibrantly: Victorian novels shaped modern psychoanalytic theories of psyche and relationality—including the eclipsing of empire and race in the construction of subject. Relational reading opens up both Victorian fiction and psychoanalysis to wider political and postcolonial dimensions, while prompting a closer engagement with work in such areas as critical race theory and gender and sexuality studies.

The first book to examine at length the connections between British psychoanalysis and Victorian fiction, Novel Relations describes the impact of literary form on readers and on twentieth- and twenty-first-century theories of the subject.

Publications 

Articles

Co-written introduction to co-edited special issue with Ronjaunee Chatterjee and Amy Wong, “Undisciplining Victorian Studies,” Victorian Studies 62.3, forthcoming in spring 2020.

“Metaleptic Mourning,” Essays in honor of Elaine Freedgood, Victorian Literature & Culture 47.3 (2019): 631-36.

“Margaret and the Victorians,” PMLA 134.3 (2019): 507-523.

“Linking with W.R. Bion,” Defamiliarizations series, Victorian Literature & Culture 47.1 (2018): 167-186.

“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

Review of Object Lessons: The Novel as a Theory of Reference by Jami BartlettVictorian Studies 60.1 (2017): 111-113.

“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 & 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