Degrees

Ph.D. Princeton University, 2011

M.A. New York University, 2005

B.A. New York University, 2004

Teaching and Research Interests

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, postcolonial studies, contemporary literature and film, Latinx studies, and Xicana feminism(s).

Current Book Project

My book, Novel Relations: George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and British Psychoanalysis (forthcoming, Princeton UP), 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 psychoanalytic 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

"Linking with W.R. Bion," Defamiliarizations series, Victorian Literature and Culture (forthcoming)

Margaret and the Victorians,” PMLA (forthcoming)

“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 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