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Professor of English, Chair of English
English

Education

 BA Ithaca College Magna Cum Laude

MA SUNY Binghamton

PHD SUNY Binghamton
 

Research


Blake & eighteenth-century radical Christian conceptions of the natural world. Theology & views of nature.  Literature of the Anthropocene.

 

Publications


“The Ethics of Reading in Swift’s Abstract on Freethinking," SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, 31 (Summer 1991) 483-498.


"Writing Under Constraint: Swift's 'Apology' for A Tale of a Tub," ELH 60 (1993) 101-115.

  

“Swift’s Reading Contract:  Precarious Peace in a War Zone," Swift Studies, 11 (1996) 59-69. 


 “Imperfect Enjoyment at Market Hill:  Impotence, Desire and Reform in Swift’s Poems to Lady Acheson," ELH 66 (1999) 51-70.


“Fallen Men:  Representations of Male Impotence in Britain,” Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture 28 (1999) 85-102.

  

“A Tale of a Tub and Early Prose,” The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Swift, ed. Christopher Fox (London: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 202-215.


“Animal Ascension in the Long Eighteenth Century: The Contested Creature of Romans 8,” Eighteenth Century Thought 4 (Fall 2008) 285-310.


"Creatures against the Law: Blake's Antinomian Renderings of Paul," Isle: Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Environment 19.1 (Winter 2012) 123-141.


"'Conversing with Animal Forms of Wisdom': Blake's Visons of Heaven in Context," Religion in the Age of Enlightenment 4 (2013) 235-255.

Presentations

 Selected Recent Presentations: 


“The Natural World:  The Eighteenth Century from an Ecocritical Perspective.”  Panel Chair. American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conf., New Orleans, LA, April, 2001.

 

“Unnatural States:  Selves and Nature in Blake.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.  Flafstaff, AZ, June 2001.


“Performing Self and Nature in Blake.”  Eastern Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conf., Ursinus College, October, 2002.”


"'The Top of a Snowy Mountain in Nova Zembla': Can Theories of Satire work on Satire."  Roundtable Participant.  Swift Symposium.  Dublin, (October, 2004).


“What is a Creature?  Blake, Romans 8,  and the Ascension of Beasts.”  SouthCentral Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.  St. Simons Island, GA, (February, 2005)


"Grace and the Non-Human in Blake's Economy of Excess," Eastern Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Gettysburg, PA, (October 2006)

 

"Awkwardness: Teaching the Fraught, the Embarrassing and the Taboo," Roundtable participant, American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Atlanta, GA, (March 2007).

 

“Animal Desire and Radical Grace in Blake,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Philadelphia, PA (November 2008).


“Satire after Swift,” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Richmond, VA, (March 2009).


“Subversive Animal Minds in Blake,” South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Salt Lake City, UT (February, 2010).


“Animals and Nature in the Afterlife,” South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, St. Simons Island, GA (February, 2011).


"'Conversing with Animal forms of Wisdom': Expanding the Mind in Blake," South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Asheville, NC (February, 2012).


"Onto-Sympathy and Onto-Strangeness in Blake's Major Prophecies," American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Williamsburg, VA (March 2014).

Student Collaborations

Database of William Blake's Non-Human Creatures:  Andrew Rivera '13

Hackman summer scholar Andrew Rivera worked with me to compile an annotated database of every non-human creature--from bats and bears to rocks and trees--in Blake's major prophecies--an invaluable resource for scholars interested in Blake and the natural world.