Curriculum Vitae

I think of this page as an “exploded vita,” like those exploded diagrams that show you otherwise hidden components of a mechanism.

My complete professional vita can be downloaded here.

Below, you can see a number of things I have published. If you want to know more, click on the thumbnail image to the right of the citation and you will be taken to another page.


On Lingering and Being Last: Race and Sovereignty in the New World (Fordham University Press: 2008)

Reading at the Social Limit: Affect, Mass Culture, and Edgar Allan Poe (Stanford University Press, 1995)

Book In Progress

Graphic and Atmospheric: What Re-Mediations of Poe Teach Us About Aesthetic Experience in a Multimedia World

Articles and Chapters

“On Not Forcing the Question: Criticism and Playing Along,” in Poetic Critique, ed. Michel Chaouli (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021): 65-77.

“‘The greatest of all the contributions of the American way of life to the salvation of humanity’: On the Pre-history of the American Cocktail,” in The Year’s Work in Cocktail Culture, Stephen Schneider and Craig Owens, eds. (Indiana UP, 2020): 25-36.

“Peirce, Poe, and Protoplasm,” in Poe Studies, vol. 52 (2019): 29-49.

Six Short Essays on Kurt Vonnegut: “Angry Sordid Present,” “The Fast Reverse,” “Becoming Completely Yourself,” “Apocalypse Then,” “They Are Not Needed,” “Pilgrim’s Lack of Progress”; at

“André, Theatricality, and the Time of Revolution,” in A Question of Time: From Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction, ed. Cindy Weinstein (Cambridge UP  2019): 111-129.

“Public Humanities in the Age of the Ideas Industry and the Rise of the Creatives,” in University of Toronto Quarterly, Volume 85, No. 4 (Fall 2016): 109-117.

“American Idiot: Ambrose Bierce’s Warrior,” in American Literary History 27.3 (Fall 2015): 446-60.

“’Bartleby’,” Empson, and the Pleasures of Pastoral,” in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Volume 2, No. 1 (Spring 2014): 24-33.

“John Neal and John Dunn Hunter,” in Headlong Enterprise: John Neal and Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, David J. Carlson and Edward Watts, eds. Bucknell University Press, 2012.

“Vaulted Over by the Present”:  Melancholy and Sovereignty in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man,” in NOVEL:  A Forum on Fiction 42.2 (Summer 2009):  355-359.

“Babo’s Razor; or, Discerning the Event in an Age of Differences,” in differences, 19.2 (Summer 2008):  54-81

“Enduring and Abiding,” in The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies, ed. Ed Comentale and Aaron Jaffe (Indiana University Press, 2009):  445-455.

“Melancholy, Race, and Sovereign Exemption in the Early American Novel,” in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, 40.1/2 (Fall 2006/Spring 2007): 151-170.