Since August 2000 when I joined the Case faculty, I have taught
courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, twentieth-century
Anglophone literatures, literary theory, cultural studies, and
methods of research in English. In any given year, students can
expect me to offer courses treating the novel in Britain in the
twentieth century, a course in postcolonial literature, a theory
or methods course, and a course in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary history, on a genre,
or in the SAGES program. I taught the Department's annual graduate publication seminar from 2001-2005 and in 2011, and served as Director of Composition at Case from May 2006 - January 2009, and May 2010-June 2011.
My research concentrates on nineteenth- and twentieth-century English-language print media as they refract various traditions and institutions of exhibition, especially zoos, circuses, menageries, panoramas, parades, and
other spectacles. My first book, titled The Novel and the Menagerie
(Ohio State University Press, 2007), explores the
ways in which the novel and the zoological collection in Britain
similarly consolidated and dissolved views of the British Empire
as an integrated whole. More recently, I have turned to the difficult
problem of disentagling notions of globality and globalism from
those of imperialism in the period from 1851-1951 in Britain,
a period conveniently bounded by the Hyde Park Great Exhibition
of Works of Industry of all Nations (1851) and the Southbank Exhibition
of the Festival of Britain (1951).
I coordinated and hosted the 2010 International Conference on Narrative, held 8-11 April 2010 in Cleveland. From July 2011, I serve as the Director of Graduate Studies in English at Case.