Professor of English
BioI research and teach in American culture and cultural theory. My special interests in American culture include film, popular music, and late nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction. My theoretical interests concern the historical and institutional production of knowledge, cultural politics, and theories of identity. I am the author of Michel Foucault and Creating American Civilization: A Genealogy of American Literature as an Academic Discipline, and Modern Love: Romance, Intimacy, and the Marriage Crisis. I have co-edited Knowledges: Historical and Critical Studies in Disciplinarity, Making and Selling Culture, and Disciplining English. I have just competed American Idols: Seven Rock Stars as Cultural Icons, and I am nearly finished with a study of film director John Sayles. My next project will concern realism across media in the U. S. during the 20th century.
- Ph.D., Indiana University
- MA, Indiana University
- BA, New College of Hofstra University
"French Theory, English Departments, and Cultural Studies in the U. S.," Etudes culturelles, anthropologie culturelle et comparatisme. Ed. Didier Souiller. Dijon: Université de Bourgogne, 2009.
"Revisiting Realisms." Special issue, Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 41.2 (Fall 2008).
Modern Love: Romance, Intimacy, and the Marriage Crisis. New York: NYU Press, 2003.