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Welcome Statement: I began as a student of Romanticism and the lyric, but a number of factors, including acute hay-fever, pushed me quickly into modernism. The focus of my doctoral work was early 20th-century British and American literature and time philosophy. I am also interested in race and atavism, models of history and identity in cultural and ethnic studies, and time-travel narratives. I have a real weakness for popular culture, especially bad Hollywood films, love songs, and reality television.Current and Recent Courses: Time Travels; Situating the Modern: The Subject in History; Modernism in Art and Literature: From the Primitive to the Abstract to the Political; Asian American Literature; What Is “Ethnic” American Literature?; Literary Theory: Thinking Through Cultural Theory and Literary StudiesRecent Publications:
“Modernism, Time Machines, and the Defamiliarization of Time.” Configurations 23.1 (Winter 2015): 93-121.“Modernist Heterochrony, Evolutionary Biology, and the Chimera of Time.” Forthcoming in This Year’s Work in the Oddball Archive. Ed. Jonathan P. Eburne and Judith Roof. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. "Disquieting Time." Common Knowledge 17.2 (2011): 394-410."The Future of Literary Criticism: Assessment, the Curricularized Classroom, and Thick Reading." Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime: Disciplinary Assessment. Eds. Donna Heiland and Laura J. Rosenthal. New York: Teagle, 2011. 199-216."Modernism’s News." Symploke: A Journal for Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship 16.1/2 (2008): 153-69."Modernist Contemporaneity: Rethinking Time in Eliot Studies and The Waste Land." Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 89.3-4 (2007): 379-403.