I study American and British novels from the middle of the nineteenth century across the entire twentieth and into the present. I also write about film. I received my PhD from Yale, and am at present Associate Editor at The Chronicle Review and a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows (JF ’14-’18). My first book, Dandyism: Forming Fiction from Modernism to the Present, is forthcoming with the University of Virginia Press. I am at work on a second book, Unseriousness Seriously Pursued: Irony and Camp Affect from James to von Trier. Articles from these projects have appeared in ELH, Genre, Contemporary Literature, and elsewhere.
My scholarship combines a historical focus on representations of gender and sexuality across the modern and contemporary periods with interests in narratology, reader-response criticism, emotion, and form. Other interests include crime fiction, theories of authorial intention and interpretation, genre theory, queer theory, and problems of aesthetic judgment.
My reviews and occasional essays have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Post45, Bookforum, Amerikastudien, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, Democracy, jacket2, and elsewhere. More at academia.edu.