My research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century British literature (especially the novel), book history, and material culture. I am particularly interested in Victorian periodical culture and the opportunities that serial publication extended to a burgeoning group of new readers. Borrowing methodological approaches from literary studies and book history, my work on Victorian serial fiction considers the formal qualities of novels like Pickwick Papers, Our Mutual Friend, Daniel Deronda, and The Return of the Native, as well as the materiality of the original serialized versions of these texts and the reading practices that serialization fostered. For me, part of the challenge and reward of this kind of research is spending many hours in the library browsing through popular Victorian magazines and fiction.
I have published an article on the pedagogical value of the mid-Victorian light literature magazine Temple Bar in Victorian Periodicals Review. I have two forthcoming articles, as well. One of these examines Hardy’s The Return of the Native in the context of its original serialization in British and American periodicals. It will appear in an edited collection entitled Transatlantic Sensations. Another theorizes the productive potential of irregular, “Gothic” digression in the early serial novels Pickwick Papers and Cranford. This essay is has been accepted for the Autumn 2010 issue of SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900.
I earned my B.A. in English from DePauw University, and my Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also hold a J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington.