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Director, College Arts and Humanities Institute

Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director, Chicago Humanities Festival

Chair, English Department, Indiana University, Bloomington

Professor of English, Indiana University, Bloomington

Associate Professor of English, Indiana University, Bloomington

Assistant Professor of English, Indiana University, Bloomington                    








As Director of the College Arts and Humanities Institute, I convene committees of faculty to assess grant and fellowship applications in five different categories, and graduate students in two. The Director reads all applications (approximately 250 annually). The Director serves as liaison to the Humanities Without Walls Consortium, soliciting and vetting all applications to HWW initiatives. CAHI serves as a central public voice for arts and humanities on campus, advocates for research, programs high-profile humanities events, and provides a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty.


Ph.D.  University of California, Berkeley (July 1990)

B.A.  Yale University, magna cum laude (May 1982)



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)

In ProgressGraphic and Atmospheric

Articles and Chapters:

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

“‘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, eds. Stephen Schneider and Craig Owens (Indiana UP, 2020): 25-36.

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

“Angry Sordid Present,” “The Fast Reverse,” “Becoming Completely Yourself,”

“Apocalypse Then,” “They Are Not Needed,” “Pilgrim’s Lack of Progress” ongoing series of 1500-word online essays about Kurt Vonnegut, at

“Poe and the Avant Garde,” Oxford Handbook of Edgar A. Poe, eds. J Gerald Kennedy and Scott Peeples (Oxford UP 2019): 700-717.

 “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,” University of Toronto Quarterly, Volume 85, No. 4 (Fall 2016): 109-117.

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

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

“Impersonating the State of Exception,” in Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, ed. Dana Luciano and Ivy Wilson (New York: NYU Press, 2014), 232-242.

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

“The State of the Art on the Art of the State” (review-essay), Early American Literature 46.2 (2011):  393-408.

“Questions of Archive and Method in Transatlantic Studies” (review-essay), Victorian Studies 52.2 (Winter 2009):  249-254.

“Response to Jonathan Arac’s ‘What Good Can Literary History Do?’” American Literary History, 20.1/2 (Spring/Summer 2008):  12-21.

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

“Babo’s Razor; or, Discerning the Event in an Age of Differences,” 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,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, 40.1/2 (Fall 2006/Spring 2007): 151-170.

“Torture and Hyperbole,” Law, Culture, and the Humanities 3 (2007):  18-34.

“The Black Atlantic Archive” (review-essay), American Literary History 17.1 (2005):  160-170.

“Olaudah Equiano and the Poetics of the Archive,” Berichten-Erzählen-Beherrschen in Zeitsprünge zur Frühen Neuzeit, Band 7 (2003): 241-262.

“Inclusion and Exclusion of the Indian in the Early American Archive.” Soziale Systeme 8 (2002): 54-68.

“The Archive, the Native American, and Jefferson’s Convulsions.”  diacritics 28.4 (winter 1998):  5-24.

“Spectacle and Event in Native Son.”  American Literature, 70.4 (December 1998): 767-98.

“The Jingle Man:  Trauma and the Aesthetic.”  Fissions and Fusions:  Proceedings of the First Conference of the Cape American Studies Association (January 1997):  131-145.

“‘Blinded Me with Science’: Motifs of Observation and Temporality in Lacan and Luhmann.” Cultural Critique 30 (Spring 1995):  101-136.

  • reprinted in Observing Complexity:  Systems Theory and Postmodernity, eds. Cary Wolfe and William Rasch.  (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000), 215-246.

“Subject to Sacrifice:  Ideology, Psychoanalysis, and the Discourse of Species in Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs.” boundary 2 22.3(Fall 1995): 141-170.

“Terminate or Liquidate? Poe, Sentimentalism and Sensationalism.” In The American Face of Edgar Allan Poe, eds. Shawn Rosenheim and Stephen Rachman (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995):  91-120.

“Poe, Plagiarism and the Prescriptive Right of the Mob.” In Discovering Difference, ed. Christoph K. Lohmann (Indiana University Press, 1993): 65-87.

“The Exciting Conflict:  The Rhetoric of Pornography and Anti-pornography.” Cultural Critique 8 (Winter 1987-88):  45-77.

“Something for Nothing: Barthes in the Text of Ideology” qui parle, 1.2 (Spring 1987):  48-61.

Reference Entries:

“Affect.”  Encyclopedia Entry for The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4th Edition).

“Mercy Otis Warren.”  American National Biography (Oxford University Press)     


Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Centennial Fellow in English and American Literature American Council of Learned Societies ($70,000) (2019)

College Arts and Humanities Institute Research Fellowship ($20,000) (2011-declined)

Faculty Learning Community Grant: “Using Tablets (iPads) in the Classroom,” Teaching and Learning Technologies Center (iPad, $750). (2010)

College Arts and Humanities Institute Award, for the Center for Theoretical Approaches to the Humanities Speaker Series, 2009-10 ($6000). With Professor Michel Chaouli. (2009)

New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Award, for “Romantic Atlantics”—a team-taught experimental graduate-level course with symposium, 2007-08 ($10, 400). With Professor Mary Favret.

College Arts and Humanities Institute Research Fellowship, Spring 2006.                              

President’s Arts and Humanities Fellowship, Indiana University, Spring 2003 (approx. $40, 000)

Multidisciplinary Ventures Award, Indiana University, 1999-2000, for collaborative seminar/speaker series on “Thinking Materiality Thinking” ($4000)

Fellowship at the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University. 1997-1998 ($32,000)

Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Indiana University, 1997 ($1000)

Visiting Researcher Award, Centre for Science Development of South Africa, 1996 (R 16, 190).

Curriculum Development Award, Indiana University, Summer 1996 ($6000)

Summer Faculty Fellowship, Indiana University, Summer 1993 ($6500).

American Council of Learned Societies Recent Recipient of the Ph.D.                                                 Fellowship, January-August, 1992 ($10,000)

Internal Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University, 1991-1992 ($500).

Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities Dissertation Stipend Award, 1988-89 ($11, 500)

Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, 1984-86 ($10,500 and $11,000)