Dean for Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies
PhD Cornell University
Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature, Enlightenment philosophy, and contemporary critical theory; psychoanalytic theory, particularly Lacanian psychoanalysis and its relationship to epistemology and to cultural politics. Currently working on a book on early modern French and British prose fiction and its articulation of the body's connection to contemporary continental philosophy.
- "The Boudoir in Philosophy or, Knowing Bodies in French Fiction." Seduction and Sentiment in the Atlantic World, 1600-1800. Eds. Toni Bowers and Tita Chico. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.
- “Voltaire’s Parrot; or, How to Do Things with Birds.” Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 70, no. 3 (September 2009): 341–362.
- “The Form of Formlessness.” Philological Quarterly, vol. 86, no. 3 (Summer 2007): 205–225 .
- “Unreadable Novels: Towards a Theory of Seventeenth-Century Aristocratic Fiction.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction, vol. 38, number 2 (2005): 129–146.
- White Men Aren't. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002
- Dangerous Truths and Criminal Passions: The Evolution of the French Novel, 1569-1791. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1992.
- Illicit Sex: Identity Politics in Early Modern Europe (with Pat Gill). Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1997.
- "Angels, Dinosaurs, Aliens." Camera Obscura 40-41 (1999)
Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature; early modern prose fiction; literary and cultural theory
- Reason and Scandal
- Contemporary French Thought
- Psychoanalysis and Literature
- Early Modern French Fiction
Honors and Activities
- Robert and Pamela Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching
- University Dean's Award for Meritorious Service in PhD Defenses