I began as a specialist in eighteenth-century British literature and over the years my duties and interests have taken me in several other directions. I was the Director of Composition here for seven years. Contact: A Guide to Writing Skills was co-authored with the co-director of the writing component of the Higher Education Opportunity Program at Fordham University during the years I taught there. By the time of Fictional Techniques and Factual Works my interests had begun to take me into the nineteenth century and theory of biography and autobiography. My most recent project, The Struggle for Modern Tibet: The autobiography of Tashi Tsering was an exciting collaborative project in which I worked with the subject himself and Professor Goldstein of our Anthropology Department, an internationally known expert on Tibetan history and culture. I teach courses in eighteenth and nineteenth century British literature, required survey courses, biography and autobiography and, every other year, Chaucer. I like to think of myself as the academic equivalent of a good "utility infielder."
18th and 19th Century English Literature