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I come to USF from the University of Iowa, where I completed my doctoral work in nineteenth-century British literature and culture. In addition to an MA in English (Univ. of Arkansas, 1998) I hold a Master’s degree in Southern Studies (Univ. of Mississippi, 2003).
My interest in the convergence of literature and popular culture can be seen in my first book, Nineteenth-Century Theatre and the Imperial Encounter (Routledge, 2011), which examines the intersection of global politics, imperial ideology, and popular entertainment. The book investigates the ways in which the nineteenth-century theatrical stage represented the British empire and imagined the dynamics of imperialist global engagement.
My current research takes this interest in popular culture and theatre in a new direction, as I look at nineteenth-century dramatizations of the novel, with a particular focus on the work of Charles Dickens as it was adapted to the stage and, later, screen. I consider theatrical adaptation as a form of literary critique and the creative product of active readerly engagement with popular fiction.
These broad areas of research—empire, theatre, adaptation, the novel—also strongly inform my teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Other interests include Edwardian and Neo-Victorian literature. In addition to my regular teaching assignments, I occasionally participate in the USF in London (study abroad) program. I have also received funding from the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) to direct a series of summer seminars for K-12 teachers.
At the graduate level, I regularly teach courses on literary adaptation and the Victorian novel, as well as courses on Victorian periodicals and on the cultural expressions of empire in the nineteenth century. My former doctoral students have developed research projects on wide variety of topics: representations of beauty in the Victorian novel, the representations of trauma in Victorian literature, spiritualist fiction, and the interplay between realism and fantasy in the Victorian novel. I’m happy to work with students in any area connected to the nineteenth century, though I am especially well-positioned to assist students in developing projects that engage with issues of genre, that consider adaptation and cultural appropriations of literary texts, that investigate images of empire, and that make use of archival materials.
Recent publications include contributions to The Cambridge Companion to English Melodrama (edited by Carolyn Williams) and The Oxford Handbook to Adaptation Studies (edited by Tom Leitch). In 2015, I was awarded a Marie Curie IIF Fellowship. With the support of this 2-year fellowship—funded by the European Union and sponsored by Brunel University—I spent two years living in London, England, where I began work on a book project on Dickens and the nineteenth-century stage.
PhD, University of Iowa, 2005
19th-century British literature, the cultural expressions of empire, theatre studies, adaptation studies, Dickens
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