Office Hours:  On Leave

Courses Fall 2017: On Leave

Specialization: 
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.

Education: 
Ph.D., English, City University of New York, 2009
B.A., German, Transylvania University, 2001
B.A., English, Transylvania University, 1999

Books:
The Word on the Streets: The American Language of Vernacular Modernism. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2017. 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

"Pulp Magazines," American Literature in Transition: 1920-1930. Ed. Ichiro Takayoshi. Cambridge UP. Forthcoming 2017.

“‘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, 2017. 177-191. 

 “Outlaws Without a Cause: Generational Conflict in Budd Boetticher’s Ranown Cycle,” The Films of Budd Boetticher. Refocus Film Series. Edinburgh UP, 2017. 206-227.

 “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 Genres,” 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.

Digital Projects

Co-director (with Ed Timke), Circulating American Magazines, a data visualization project designed to make over 100 years of circulation figures for major American periodicals publicly accessible. 

 Reviews and Other Publications:
How It Happens Here: Race and American Antifascist Literature,” Los Angeles Review of Books, November 26, 2016.
Introductions, The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, by Carroll John Daly.

    Volume 1: Them That Lives By Their Guns. Ed. Matthew Moring. Altus Press, 2015
    Volume 2: The Snarl of the Beast. Ed. Matthew Moring. Altus Press, 2016

 Awards:

Provost's Research Award, 2017

College of Arts and Letters Summer Research Grant, JMU, 2016

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Participant, “City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press,” 2015

College of Arts and Letters Summer Research Grant, JMU, 2013

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, 2010-11 

Open Resource Grant for “Hart Crane’s The Bridge: A Digital Resource,” JMU, 2010-11 

Alfred Kazin Prize, Best Dissertation in American Literature and Culture, CUNY Graduate Center, 2009

Rollin Prize (Best graduate essay in American Culture), Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association in the South Conference, 2006

 

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