Associate Professor

Keezell 223

Phone: 540-568-6110

Office Hours: 
M 2:45-4:15 PM
F 10:00-11:30 AM and by Appointment

Courses Fall 2018:
ENG 236: Survey of English Literature, 1798-Present

Other Courses Taught:
ENG 299: Writing About Literature
ENG 302: Special Topics in Literature: Irish Modernism
ENG 302: “The Modernist Tragedy: Narrative Theory, Aristotelian Unities & The Novel of One day”
ENG 331: Modern Poetry
ENG 340: Modern British and Irish Literature
ENG 375: Troubled Ireland in Literature and Film
ENG 410: Virginia Woolf, Bloomsbury and Feminism
ENG 612: Topics in Theory and Cultural Studies – Narrative Theory
ENG 645: Studies in 20th- and 21st-c British Literature: “Autonomous Selfhood, Under Threat: Alienation in British and Irish Modernism”
ENG 645: Studies in 20th- and 21st-Century British Literature: “Modernist Narratives”
HON 200: Honors Seminar in London – The Bloomsbury Group

Modern British and Irish Literature, Modernism, Irish Studies, Gender Studies, Narrative Theory

Ph.D., English, University of Notre Dame (2009)
         Dissertation: “Intimate Modernities: British and Irish Literature, 1922-1955”
M.A., English, Loyola Marymount University (2002)
B.A., cum laude and Honors, English, minor in Spanish, UCLA (1998)

Entrepeneurial Faculty Fellows Program, James Madison University (2017-2019)
Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Institute, James Madison University (Fall 2014, 2017)
Project Narrative Summer Institute, The Ohio State University (Summer 2010)
School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University (Summer 2007)
Summer Seminars, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies (2003-2006)
Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain (1996-1997)


“The Dramatic Modern Novel: Mimesis and The Poetics of Tragedy in Mrs. Dalloway.” Woolf Studies Annual 24 (2018): 101-34.

“Spatial Politics/Poetics, Late Modernism and Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 49.1 (2016): 27-50.

Ulysses, the Poetics of Tragedy, and A New Mimesis.” PLL: Papers on Language and Literature 51.4 (2015): 334-72.

“An Aesthetics of Unintimacy: Narrative Complexity in Elizabeth Bowen’s Style.” JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory 45.1 (Winter 2015), 79-104.

“‘O, despise not my youth!’: Senses, Sympathy, and an Intimate Aesthetics in Ulysses.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 51.4 (Winter 2009): 503-536.

 “Warming the Other Side: Trevor, Cixous, and Facing a New Direction.” New Voices 5. Ed. Ruth Connolly (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005). 224-231.

Edited Journal Issues
Co-editor and author of “Introduction” with Dr. Pamela Thurschwell, Special Issue, “Elizabeth Bowen and Textual Modernity,” Textual Practice 27.1 (January 2013): 1-192.

Non-Refereed Digital Publication
Woolf in Time and Space, Digital Humanities website (designer, editor and producer with students in Eng 410 seminar), Spring 2015-Present

Faculty Summer Research Grant, College of Arts & Letters, JMU (2017)
Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, James Madison University (2013-2014)
Faculty Summer Research Grant, College of Arts & Letters, JMU (2010)
Summer Scholarship Grant, English Department, JMU (2010)
Teaching Grant for Course Development, General Education Program, JMU (2010)
International Development Grant, Office of International Programs, JMU (2010)

“Eimear McBride’s Anti-Room” on panel entitled, “Domestic Interiors and Exteriors in 19th- and 20thc-century Irish Writing,” American Conference for Irish Studies, University College Cork, Ireland, June 2018

Roundtable Panelist, “Elizabeth Bowen,” American Conference for Irish Studies, University College Cork,         Ireland, June 2018

Poetry Panelist, “Paula Meehan,” American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Missouri, March 2017

“Modernism Unfinished: The Female Subject in Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (2013),” American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, Mar-April 2016

Poetry Panelist, “Eavan Boland,” American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Miami, March 2015

“Blocking Bodies: Dramatic Staging in James Joyce’s Ulysses,” International James Joyce Conference, College of Charleston, 2013 June 11-15

“The Modernist Tragedy: Aristotelian Unities and Ulysses,” 18th Irregular Miami J’yce Birthday Conference: Joyce and England, University of Miami, 2013 January 31-February

“‘[T]he eyes that reached her heart’: Visual Intimacy in ‘Nausicaa’,” XXII International James Joyce Symposium, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 2010 June.

“Expanding Points of View, Collapsing Spaces: Mrs. Dalloway and Juxtaposing Gender,” Gender, Place and Space: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2010 March.

“Intimate Aesthetics in Elizabeth Bowen’s Irish Novels,” Keynote Address, Reading Elizabeth Bowen, Symposium at the Centre for Modernist Studies, University of Sussex, 2009 May.

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