Associate Professor of English
Director of Graduate Studies
Office Hours: MWF 9:30-10:30am, 1:15-2:15pm
Courses: Spring 2016
Eng 248: Survey of American Literature II (with William Lawton)
Eng 356: Modern American Novel
American fiction, 1865-1945; popular literary genres (esp. hard-boiled crime and detective fiction, dime novels, and westerns); American modernism; American periodical
culture; silent film and film history; popular film genres (western, detective/noir,
horror, etc.); American language and slang; literature and the American Left; jazz and literature; early sound recording history and technology.
Ph.D., English, City University of New York, 2009
B.A., German, Transylvania University, 2001
B.A., English, Transylvania University, 1999
Erle Stanley Gardner Endowment for Mystery Studies Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center
for the Humanities (2011)
Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, JMU (2011)
JMU Library Collections Development Grant, Black Mask pulp collection, JMU (2010-
Open Resource Grant for “Hart Crane’s The Bridge: A Digital Resource,” JMU (2010-
The Alfred Kazin Prize for the Best Dissertation in American Literature and Culture,
Sponsored Dissertation Fellowship, CUNY (2008-2009)
Sue Rosenberg Zalk Student Travel and Research Grant, CUNY (2007, 2008, 2009)
Doctoral Student Research Grant, CUNY (2007)
Provost’s Fellowship, CUNY (2004-2009)
Rollin Prize (Best graduate essay in American Culture), Popular Culture Association
and American Culture Association in the South Conference (2006)
"Weird Investigations and Nativist Semiotics in H.P. Lovecraft and Dashiell Hammett."
Modern Fiction Studies 60.4 (Winter 2014): 651-676
"Milland Alone: The End of the System, Post-Studio Stardom, and the Total Auteur.” Journal of Film and Video 66.4 (Winter 2014): 3-18.
“Rethinking Blacula: Ideological Critique at the Intersection of Genre.” Journal of Popular Film and Television 40.2 (Summer 2012): 62-74.
"'I Used to Be a Highbrow But Look at Me Now': Phrenology, Detection, and Cultural
Hierarchy in S.S. Van Dine,” Clues: A Journal of Detection 30.1 (Spring 2012): 30-41.
“‘Slipping back into the vernacular’: Anzia Yezierska’s Vernacular Modernism.”
MELUS 36.3 (Fall 2011): 187-211.
“‘Any Chance to Be Unrefined’: Film Narrative Modes in Anita Loos’s Fiction,” PMLA
125.1 (January 2010): 107-120.
“Pulp Magazines,” American Literature in Transition: The 1920s. Ed. Ichiro Takayoshi.
Cambridge UP. Forthcoming.
“‘The Paper Old and Faded and Falling to Pieces’: Absalom, Absalom! and the Pulping of History,” Faulkner and History. Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Series. U of Mississippi P. Forthcoming.
“Outlaws Without a Cause: Generational Conflict in Budd Boetticher’s Ranown Cycle,” The Films of Budd Boetticher. Refocus Film Series. Edinburgh UP. Forthcoming.
“Review of The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward,” Resources for American Literary Study 39 (2016). Forthcoming.
Introduction and editorial consultation, Them That Lives By Their Guns: The Collected
Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Vol. 1 by Carroll John Daly. Altus Press, 2015.
“Review of Hard-Boiled Masculinities by Christopher Breu,” NeoAmericanist 1.2 (Spring 2006). Available online at <http://www.neoamericanist.org>.