Professor of English, Department of English
I 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
, Creating American Civilization: A Genealogy of American Literature as an Academic Discipline
, Modern Love: Romance, Intimacy, and the Marriage Crisis
, John Sayles
, and Rock Star: The Making of Cultural Icons from Elvis to Springsteen
. Current projects include a study of realism across media in the U. S. during the 20th century, and an investigation of status as distinct from class in contemporary society.