B.A., University of Illinois
M.A., Ph.D. McGill University
Twisted from the Ordinary: Essays on American Literary Naturalism (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2003)
- Susan Glaspell: A Research and Production Sourcebook (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1992)
- Verging on the Abyss: The Social Fiction of Kate Chopin and Edith Wharton (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1990).
- “Naturalism and Commodity Culture” in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism, ed. by Keith Newlin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011): 291-306.
- “The ‘Other Countries’ of the Human Mind and Soul: James R. Giles on Twentieth-Century Naturalism,” Studies in American Naturalism, 5.1 (Summer 2010):79-91.
- “Why Students Should Read Frank Norris First,” with Anne Mayhew, ALN: The American Literary Naturalism Newsletter 4.1-2: 7-11.
- “So Long As We Read Chopin,” in Awakenings: The Story of the Kate Chopin Revival, ed. by Bernard Koloski (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press): 77-93.
- “The Failure of Narrative and the Efficacy of Dreams in The Night of the Hunter,” in Agee Agonistes: Essays on the Life, Legend, and Works of James Agee. Ed. by Michael A. Lofaro. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2007. 147-156.
- “A Space of Her Own: Pamela Zoline’s ‘The Heat Death of the Universe,’” in Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century. Ed. by Justine Larbalestier. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2006. 144-159.
- “Susan Glaspell’s Naturalist Scenarios of Determinism and Blind Faith,” in Disclosing Intertextualities: The Stories, Plays, and Novels of Susan Glaspell. Eds. Martha Carpentier and Barbara Ozieblo. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006. 19-34.
- “Susan Glaspell’s Last Word on Democracy and War,” in Susan Glaspell: New Directions in Critical Inquiry. Ed. Martha Carpentier. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2006. 80-88.
- “What Do Women Want?” Context: A Forum for Literary Arts and Culture 11 (Fall 2002): 12-13
- “Players in the Dark: Evelyn Scott’s Drama of Excess,” in Evelyn Scott: Recovering a Lost Modernist, ed. Dorothy Scura (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2001), 177-186
- “Bring in the Usual Complexities,” American Book Review 22.5 (July/August 2001), 5,7
- “Susan Glaspell (1 July 1876-27 July 1948),” Dictionary of Literary Biography, Twentieth-Century American Dramatists, ed. Christopher Wheatley (Detroit: Gale Research Company, 2000)
- “Reading Carol De Chellis Hill,” Context 4 (2000), 8-9
- “Martha Nussbaum’s 10K Race for Justice,” Soundings 83. 3-4 (Fall/Winter 2000), 612-614
- Review of Henry James’s The Ambassadors: A Critical Study by Dorothea Krook, The Henry James Review 20.2 (Spring 1999), 208-10
- Review of Main-Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garland, Borderlines: Studies in American Culture 3.4 (1996), 440-41
- “Mary E. Papke on ‘The Story of an Hour,'” in Kate Chopin: A Study of the Short Fiction by Benard Koloski (NY: Twayne, 1996), 132-34
- Review of The Cambridge Companion to American Realism and Naturalism: Howells to London, ed. by Donald Pizer, Borderlines: Studies in American Culture 3.2 (1996), 197-98
- “American Marxwomen: Duelling with Historical Materialism” in Germany and German Thought in American Literature and Cultural Criticism, edited by Peter Freese (Essen: Verlag Die Blaue Eule, 1990), 454-469
- “‘The Transcendental Phallus’: Fascism and Klaus Theweleit’s Male Fantasies,” Literature and Psychology 35.4 (1989), 55-61
- “Chopin’s Stories of Awakening,” in Approaches to Teaching Chopin’s ‘The Awakening’(1988), 73-79
- (with William Morgan), “Recoil or Convergence: What Happens When a Woman and a Man Read a Text Together?” in Academic Writing as Social Practice by Linda Brodkey (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987), 152-162
- “The Absent Text: Luce Irigaray’s Foray into the Dark Continent of Femininity,” Literature and Psychology, 32 (1986), 53-56
- “‘Mutable Anarchy’: Bravery and Trepidation in Jean Thompson’s Fiction,” Illinois Writers Review, 4 (Winter 1985), 4-5
- “Light Reading on Heavy Matters,” Illinois Writers Review, 4 (Fall 1985), 13
- “An Analysis of Selected American Marxist Criticism, 1920-1941: From Dogma to Dynamic Strategies,” The Minnesota Review, n.s. 13 (Fall 1979), 41-70.
Awards, Honors & Grants
- Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Service to the University, The University of Tennessee, April 2012
- Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Contribution to the Ready for the World Initiative, The University of Tennessee, April 2010
- Invited Speaker for Graduate Hooding Ceremony, The Graduate School, University of Tennessee, December 2010
- 2010 Faculty Appreciation Award for Best Inside-the-Classroom Professor, Graduate Students in English organization, Department of English, The University of Tennessee, 2010
- 2002-2003 Faculty Appreciation Award for Excellence in the Role of Professor Outside the Academic Classroom, Graduate Students in English organization, Department of English, The University of Tennessee, 2003
- Elected a Fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education, 2001
- Elected to Phi Kappa Phi, 1999
- College of Arts & Sciences Senior Faculty Teaching Award, 1998-99
- John C. Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award, 1987
Associations & Organizations
- Chair of the Board for The Tennessee Studies in Literature series, 2008—
- Member of Executive Board, Edith Wharton Society, 2005 –2007
- Member of Advisory Board, Kate Chopin Society, 2005 —
- Member of Advisory Board for Fc2, 2005-2010
- Member of Executive Council and Bibliographer of the Susan Glaspell Society, 2003 —
- Editorial Board, Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1995–
- Assistant editor, Literature and Psychology, 1985-1999
- President, UTK Faculty Senate, 1999-2000
- President-Elect, UTK Faculty Senate, 1998-1999