Department of English
215 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453 USA
University of Florida. Gainesville, FL.
Visiting Researcher, 2017-18.
Brandeis University. Waltham, MA. Since 1999.
-Chair of English, 2015-.
-Professor of English, 2010-.
-Associate Professor of English, 2002-2010.
-Assistant Professor of English, 1999-2002.
Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA.
-Assistant Professor of English, 1994-1999.
Ph.D. in English, Duke University. Durham, NC. 1994.
M.A. in English, Duke University. Durham, NC. 1990.
B.A. in English, with honors, Swarthmore College. Swarthmore, PA. 1987. Minors in Art History and Philosophy.
Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the 21st Century (NY: Columbia University Press, 2013).
Pink Pirates: Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2010).
The Suburb of Dissent: Cultural Politics in the United States and Canada during the 1930s (Durham: Duke University Press, 1998).
On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization. Co-edited with Ian Buchanan (Albany: SUNY 2006).
Rethinking the Frankfurt School: Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique. Co-edited with Jeffrey T. Nealon. (Albany: SUNY, 2002).
“Climate Fiction in English” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Eds. Paula Rabinowitz et al. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2017. online.
“Neomedievalism in the Contemporary City Novel: Tobár, Adichie, Lee.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. 42: 4 (December 2015): 421-436.
“The Space of Genre in the New Green Novel.” Studia Neophilologica. (2015): 1-15.
"Postmodernism in Reverse: American National Allegories and the 21st-Century Political Novel." Twentieth Century Literature 57: 3-4 (Fall-Winter 2011): 516-546.
"Toward the World Novel: Genre Shifts in 21st-Century Expatriate Fiction." American Literary History 23: 3 (Fall 2011): 660-679.
"A Challenge for Post-National American Studies," American Literary History 20: 3 (Summer 2008): 601-608.
"The Americanization of Yoga?: Understanding Intellectual Property in the Context of Global Capitalism." Genre 38 (Fall 2005): 281-307.
"Literature as Proleptic Globalization, or a Prehistory of the New Intellectual Property," South Atlantic Quarterly (Spring 2002): 773-802.
"Curious George at the Border: American Intellectual Property and Canadian Culture," Essays on Canadian Writing (Summer 1999): 266-292.
"From Nation to Generation: The Economics of North American Culture, 1930s/1990s," Canadian Review of American Studies 27: 3 (1997): 135-144.
"Queer Borders: Figures from the 1930s for US-Canadian Relations," American Quarterly 49: 3 (September 1997): 504-530.
"Between the Avant-Garde and Kitsch: Experimental Prose in U.S. and Canadian Leftist Periodicals of the 1930s," Journal of Canadian Studies 30: 2 (Summer 1995): 19-38.
"Political Surveillance: Notes on Reading an FBI File," Found Object (Spring 1994): 91-112.
“Global Fiction and the Postmodern American Novel” in The Cambridge Companion to the Postmodern American Novel. Ed. Paula Geyh. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017): 47-62.
“The Resurgence of the Political Novel” in Postmodern/Postwar—and After. Eds. Daniel Worden, Jason Gladstone and Andrew Hoberek. (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2016): 217-226.
"Anti-Realism and Anti-Capitalism in William T. Vollmann's Poor People" in Reading Capitalist Realism. Eds. Alison Shonkwiler and Leigh-Claire La Berge. (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press 2014): 177-194.
"Media and Migration: Danticat, Diaz, Eugenides, and Scibona," Wretched Refuge: Immigrants and Itinerants in the Postmodern. Eds. Jessica Datema and Diane Krumrey (New York: Cambridge Scholars Press 2010): 9-26.
"World Heritage Sites and the Concept of the Commons," in Global Ordering: Institutions and Autonomy in a Changing World. Eds. Louis Pauly and Will Coleman (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2008): 85-105.
"Empire and the Commons," the electronic book review (posted December 2005). 14 pp.
"The American Grounds of Globalization: Jameson's Return to Hegel" in On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization. Eds. Caren Irr and Ian Buchanan (Albany: SUNY 2006): 213-240.
"Introduction" (with Ian Buchanan) in On Jameson (see above): 1-14.
"The Properties of Nature in Josephine Herbst's Trexler Trilogy" in The Novel and the American Left: Critical Essays on Depression-Era Fiction, ed. Janet Galligani Casey. (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004): 81-95.
"Beyond Appropriation: Pussy, King of the Pirates and a Feminist Critique of Intellectual Property," in Devouring Institutions: The Life Work of Kathy Acker, ed. Maria Gonzalez and Michael Hardin. (San Diego, CA: San Diego State UP, 2004): 211-234.
"All Published Literature is World Bank Literature, or The Zapatistas' Storybook" in World Bank Literature, ed. Amitava Kumar. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press: 2002): 237-252.
"Who Owns Our Culture?: Intellectual Property, Human Rights and Globalization" in Refounding Human Rights in an Age of Globalization, eds. Andrew Nathan, Kavita Philip, Neal Engelhart, and Mahmoud Monshipoori. (London: M.E. Sharpe, 2003): 3-33.
"One-Dimensional Symptoms: What Marcuse Offers a Critical Theory of Law" in Rethinking the Frankfurt School: Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique (see above): 169-186.
"The Timeliness of Almanac of the Dead, or A Postmodern Rewriting of Radical Fiction" in Leslie Marmon Silko: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. Louise K. Barnett and James L. Thorson (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999): 223-244.
"The Politics of Spatial Phobias in Native Son," in Critical Essays on Richard Wright's Native Son, ed. Keneth Kinnamon (New York: Twayne, 1997): 196-212.
Online Publications and Websites:
“An Althusser for the 21st Century.” Mediations. Posted July 2017.
"On RTMark, or the Limits of Intellectual Property Hacktivism," in Web Authority: Online Domination and the Informatics of Resistance, eds. Marc Bousquet and Katherine Wills. http://www.electronicbookreview.com/. September 2003.
“Representing Poverty: Global Film, Economics, Aesthetics.” http://blogs.brandeis.edu/representingpoverty/. Since Summer 2015.
Reviews and Review Essays:
Review of Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism by Rachel Greenwald Smith and Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom by Elizabeth Anker. American Literature (December 2016): 866-868.
Review of Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s by Leigh Claire La Berge. American Literary History Online Review. Series VI (March 2016).
Review of Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King. American Book Review (2014): 1.
"Literature and Adoption: Themes, Theses, Questions." Review essay in American Literary History 26: 1 (Spring 2014): 1-11.
Review of Geopolitics and the Anglophone Novel, 1890-2011 by John Marx. The Review of English Studies 64 (2013): 550-552.
Review of Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature. Eds. Wai-chee Dimock & Lawrence Buell. Comparative Literature Studies 45: 4 (2008): 518-521.
Review of Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism by Madhu Dubey. New Formations 55 (Spring 2005): 195-199.
"Going to the Library in the Czech Republic," Profession (December 2004). 74-82.
"The Postmodern Goes Global," Southern Review 34: 2 (2001): 102-106. Review essay on The Ends of Globalization by Mohammed A. Bamyeh, Negotiating Postmodernism by Wayne Gabardi, and Questions of Modernity, ed. by Timothy Mitchell.
Review of A Gendered Collision: Sentimentalism and Modernism in Dorothy Parker's Poetry and Fiction by Rhonda S. Pettit, American Literature (December 2001): 880-881.
Review of The New Red Negro by James Edward Smethurst, American Literature 72: 3 (September 2000): 645-646.
Review of Multilingual America: Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and the Languages of American Literature, ed. Werner Sollors, Comparative Literature Studies 37: 3 (2000): 364-370.
Review of The Making of Modern Intellectual Property Law: The British Experience, 1740-1911 by Brad Sherman and Lionel Bently, Business History Review (Summer 2000): 352-355.
Review of October Cities: The Redevelopment of Urban Literature by Carlo Rotella, American Literature (March 1999): 202-203.
Review of A Measure of Perfection: Phrenology and the Fine Arts in America by Charles Colbert, Modernism/Modernity 5: 3 (1998): 123-124.
Review of Partisans and Poets: The Political Work of American Poetry in the Great War by Mark W. Van Wienen, American Literature (June 1998): 409-410
Review of Daughters of the Great Depression: Women, Work, and Fiction in the American 1930s by Laura Hapke and The Long War: The Intellectual People's Front and Anti-Stalinism, 1930-1940 by Judy Kutulas, American Literature (December 1996): 865-7.
Review of Framing Truths: Parodic Structures in Contemporary English-Canadian Historical Novels by Martin Kuester, Modern Fiction Studies 39: 2 (1993): 392-3.
Review of The Responsibility of Intellectuals by Alan Wald, American Literature 65: 2 (1993): 393-394.
"Realism and Utopia," Polygraph 6/7 (1993): 205-208.
"New Word Order: The Recycling of the Literary 1930s." (review essay) Polygraph 4 (1992): 257-262.
"Charcoal" in Fueling Culture: Energy, History, Politics. Eds. Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel, Patricia Yaeger. (New York: Fordham University Press 2015): 74-75.
"Fredric Jameson" and "Immanent Critique" in Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy. Ed. John Protevi (Edinburgh University Press, 2005): 323-324, 304-305.
"The Frankfurt School," (w/Vincent Pecora) in Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. Eds., Michael Groden, Martin Kreisworth and Imre Szeman. 3rd edition. (2005): 361-365.
"Irving Layton" in Contemporary Jewish-American Poets and Playwrights, ed. Joel Shatzky (New York: Greenwood Press, 1999).
"Kenneth Rexroth" in American National Biography Vol. 18 (New York: Oxford, 1999): 373-374. Republished on-line in Modern American Poetry, ed. Cary Nelson; http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps.
"Josephine Herbst" in American National Biography Vol. 10 (New York: Oxford, 1999): 640-642.
"Edith Abbott" in The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States, ed. Cathy N. Davidson (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994): 3.
“Neoliberal Childhoods: The Orphan as Entrepreneur in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction” in Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture. Eds. Rachel Greenwald Smith and Mitchum Huehls. (Johns Hopkins UP, 2017).
“Beyond Precarity: Human Trafficking in Contemporary American Crime Fiction” in Neoliberalism and American Literature. Eds. Liam Kennedy and Stephen Shapiro (Dartmouth University Press 2018).
“Remembering the 1930s in Contemporary American Historical Fiction” in The Cambridge Companion to the 1930s. Ed. Bill Solomon. (Cambridge UP, 2018.)
“Where in the World Is US Literature?” American Literary History (Fall 2017). [review essay]
Fulbright Lectureship, Masaryk University. Brno, Czech Republic. 2003-2004.
NEH Summer Seminar Fellowship. Columbia University, 1999.
US-Canada Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship. University of Alberta. 1994-5.
ACADEMIC AWARDS AND GRANTS
Theodore and Jane Norman Award for Faculty Research and Creative Projects, Brandeis University. Summer 2014; spring 2017-spring 2018.
Information Literacy Grant, Brandeis University. 2016-17.
Teaching Innovation Grant, Brandeis University. Summer 2015.
Provost's Senior Faculty Research Leave, Brandeis University. Spring 2014.
Research Collaborator, Institute on Globalization and Autonomy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. 2002-2007.
Hewlett Grant for Interdisciplinary Faculty Projects, Brandeis University. 2000-02.
Internal Faculty Grant, Penn State. 1996, 1998.
Canadian Studies Graduate Student Award, Canadian Embassy. 1993.
Research Award, Canadian Consulate General. 1993.
Graduate Student Award, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. 1993.
Research Award, Center for International Studies, Duke University, 1992.
“Patti Smith’s Ethiopia: Assessing the Neo-Beatnik World System.” Washington University-St. Louis. March 2018.
“The Story of Secular Stagnation: Writing the Great Depression after 2008.” Uppsala University (Sweden). May 2017.
“Ideology, Image, Information: Using the Althusserian Apparatus.” Duke University. December 2016.
"Ideology on the Surface: 21st-Century Geoeconomic Fiction." University of Florida, Gainesville. February 2014.
"Geopolitical and Green: U.S. Fiction in the 21st Century." Uppsala University (Sweden). May 2013.
"Cognitive Mapping and Cyberspace." Rhetoric and Public Culture. Northwestern University. July 2012.
"Copyright and the Commons in Contemporary Women's Writing." Swarthmore College. Swarthmore, PA. April 2006.
"The Americanization of Yoga." Boston College. Newton, MA. November 2004.
"American Youth Cultures Today." University of Magdeburg. Magdeburg, Germany. June 2004.
"World Heritage Sites and a Crisis-Ridden Concept of the Commons," Duke University. Durham, NC. April 2004.
"Abbie Hoffman Was a Jock," McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. October 2002.
"The Surrealist Commons of Rikki Ducornet." Harvard Humanities Center. Cambridge, MA. May 2002.
CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION (since 2000)
“Ecostoicism, or Notes on Franzen.” Post45. Middletown, CT. October 2017.
“Remembering the 1930s in Contemporary American Historical Fiction.” American Literature Association. Boston, MA. May 2017.
“Reading Infrastructure Ekphrastically: The Orphanage in Hanya Yanigihara's A Little Life.” MLA. Philadelphia, PA. January 2017.
“Human Traffickers and the Police: Unraveling the Old Hegemony in Contemporary American Crime Fiction.” ACLA. Cambridge, MA. March 2016.
Faculty respondent, New Work in Novel Studies. Mahindra Center, Harvard University. December 2015.
“Battling the ‘Youth Bulge’: Orphan Resettlement Narratives and the Rise of the Neoliberal Security State.” Modernist Studies Association. Boston, MA. November 2015.
“Neoliberal Childhoods: Figuring the Orphan in Contemporary American Fiction.” Neoliberalism and American Literature. University College, Dublin, Ireland. February 2015.
Organizer and Moderator, “Ideology and ISAs Today: On Althusser's On the Reproduction of Capitalism.” MLA. Vancouver, BC. January 2015.
"Adapting Oliver Twist: Fundamentals of the 20th- and 21st-Century Orphan Story." International Society for the Study of Narrative. Cambridge, MA. March 2014.
"Green and Geopolitical: The Spatial Imaginary of Boyle, Oates and Ghosh." Northeastern MLA. Boston, MA. March 2013.
"Neoliberal Spaces in the 21st-Century Novel of Nation Building." American Literature Association. Boston, MA. May 2011.
"Utopian Mediascapes in 21st-Century Immigrant Fiction." Northeastern Modern Language Association. Boston, MA. February 2009.
"The Girl and the Seed: Utopian Figures in Leslie Marmon Silko's The Gardens in the Dunes." Society for Utopian Studies. Colorado Springs, CO. October 2006.
Chair, "Thinking in Time," panel commemorating the History of Ideas program, Brandeis. October 2005.
Plenary panel presentation, Globalization and Autonomy working group. McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. September 2005.
Chair, "The Trauma of the Present: Historicizing Recent Fiction." Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, PA. December 2004.
Chair, "Periodizing Modernity." Modernist Studies Association. Vancouver, BC. October 2004.
Panelist, Roundtable on Alain Badiou's Ethics, Duke University, April 2004.
Panelist, Roundtable on the Frankfurt School, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, April 2004.
Respondent, "What Comes after Postmodernism? Contemporary Fiction Now," Modern Language Association. San Diego, CA. December 2003.
"Amputated Slave Bodies in Katherine Dunn's Geek Love," Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. Berkeley, CA. March 2003.
Panelist, Gender and Music Working Group, Tufts University, April 2002.
"American Intellectual Property and Global Yoga." Circulations: "America" and Globalization. Gainesville, FL. February 2002.
"(On Not) Owning the Fruits of Immaterial Labor," Modern Language Association. New Orleans, LA. December 2001.
Chair, "Does Intellectual Property Threaten Intellectual Life?: A Roundtable on Teaching and Research," American Studies Association. Washington, D.C. November 2001.
"The Grounds of Globalization: Jameson's Sublation of 1960s Marxism," Globalicities. East Lansing, MI. October 2001.
"How American is the World Intellectual Property Organization?" American Studies Association. Detroit, MI. October 2000.
"Pink-Collar Media," 100 Years of Popular Culture. Pittsburgh, PA. September 2000.
"Reflections on Adorno," 100 Years of Popular Culture, pre-conference session. Pittsburgh, PA. September 2000.
"All Published Literature is World Bank Literature," Marxism 2000. Amherst, MA. September 2000.
"The Concept of Property Long After Engels," Marxism 2000. Amherst, MA. September 2000.
"Intellectual Property and the Logic of Conspiracy: Some Discussion of a 1984 Case Involving Nuns, Nazis, Mothers, and Hummel Figurines," International Society for the Study of Narrative. Atlanta, GA. April 2000.
Participant, School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, Summer 1997.
Approximately 20 more talks 1989-2000.
SELECTED ON-CAMPUS TALKS
"Reading the 21st-Century Pirate: Five Tries." Plenary for Brandeis University Graduate Student Conference. October 2010.
"What is a Superpower?" Plenary for Brandeis Graduate Student Conference. Waltham, MA. March 2005.
SELECTED EVENTS ORGANIZED
“Spect-actors Change the Script Toward More Equality and Inclusion.” Forum Theater event with Doris Sommer. Brandeis. September 2016.
Digital Atlas working group. Brandeis. Summer 2015.
Crossover Books faculty workshop. Brandeis. Summer 2014.
Contemporaneity Working Group and Speaker Series. Brandeis University, 2010-.
“Veterans Remember the Spanish Civil War.” one-day symposium at Brandeis. Fall 2000.
"Rethinking the Frankfurt School," two-day conference at Penn State, November, 1998.
Fields of Expertise:
Critical theory; contemporaneity; film and media studies; global studies; the novel.
Recent Course Titles:
Undergraduate literature: 21st-Century American Literature, American Fiction since 1945, Contemporary Environmental Writing
Film: American Independent Film, The Films of Disney, Representing Poverty
Theory: Literature and Geography, Digital Media and Culture, Introduction to Cultural Studies, Capitalism and Culture
Graduate seminars: Capitalism and the American Novel, Childhood and the Modern Novel, Reading Revolutions, Copyright and Contemporary American Fiction, The Worlds of American Fiction, Methods of Literary Study.
Conley Wouters, “"Selves Who Can Do More: Technology, Genre, and Individualism in American Fiction, 1933-2011" (2015)
Megan Hamilton, “Glamour, Good Money, and Glossy Magazines: The New Yorker, Esquire, and 20th-Century Magazine Fiction” (2014)
Nicholas Van Kley, "American Fiction, Bodies, and Social Knowledge During the 'Era of Sociology,' 1890-1912" (2013)
Joseph Wensink, "Literary Philanthropy: The Pulitzer Prize, Oprah's Book Club and Contemporary U.S. Fiction." (2012)
Kyle Wiggins, "Lethal Measures: The Politics of Revenge in 20th and 21st-Century Fiction" (2012)
Mikel Parent, "Long Poems of the Short Century: Cold War Ideology and the Twentieth-Century American Epic." (2012)
Amy Easton-Flake, "An Alternative Women's Movement: Anti-Suffrage Fiction, 1839-1920" (2011)
Jessie Stickgold-Sarah, "The Textual Body: Genetics and Dystopia in American Fiction" (2011)
Ryan Wepler, "Laughing Matters: Humor in the Post-1945 American Novel" (2010)
Daniela Kukrechtová, "'and fair fables fall': De-Symbolized Lyrical Cityscapes of Jean Toomer, Hart Crane, William Carlos Williams and Gwendolyn Brooks" (2008)
Aaron Ritzenberg, "The Sentimental Touch: Hands in American Novels During the Rise of Managerial Capitalism" (2006)
Daniel Worden, "Urban Cowboys and Rural Reds: The Production of Masculinity in Modern American Fiction" (2006)
Current dissertation students:
David Pass, white masculinity in the American novel
Kurt Cavender, contemporary historical fiction and documentary film
Matthew Schratz, work in the American novel
Daniella Gati, affect and contemporaneity
Jake Burg, genre fiction
Second reader, nine dissertations, Penn State and Brandeis.
External examiner, PhD dissertations. Dalhousie University (Canada), September 2015; Uppsala University (Sweden), May 2017.
Director, six Masters essays, English MA and Joint MA in English and Women's and Gender Studies, Brandeis.
Director, more than thirty undergraduate independent studies, internships, Honors essays and theses.
SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
Member, advisory board: PMLA, 2017-2020; American Literary History, 2016-; Contemporary Literature, 2017-; journal of modern literature, 2017-.
Reviewer, book manuscripts and research proposals for ACLS, Continuum, Columbia University Press, Oxford University Press, University of Minnesota Press, Duke University Press, University of Iowa Press, University of Toronto Press, Routledge, Palgrave MacMillan, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada), Bentley University, Jackson State University.
Peer reviewer, PMLA, Twentieth Century Literature, Studies in the Novel, American Literary History, Pedagogy, College Literature, African Cultural Studies, MELUS, Contemporary Literature, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, The Explicator, Studies in American Fiction, Post45 and others.
Member, Doing Science through Literature initiative, Yale University. 2016-.
Reviewer, tenure and promotion files: Columbia University, Drake University, Hartwick College, Hashemite University (Jordan), Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Rhode Island College, State University of New York-Albany, State University of New York-Buffalo, Tufts University, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, University of Nebraska, Villanova University, and other institutions.
Faculty sponsor, visiting Fulbright scholar from Bosnia and Herzegovina. September 2014-February 2015.
Faculty sponsor, visiting PhD student from University of Copenhagen. Fall 2016.
SELECTED UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
Chair, Department of English, Brandeis University. 2015- present (on leave 2017-18).
Director of Graduate Studies, English Department, Brandeis. 2004-06, 2011-13, 2014-15.
Chair, PhD Admissions, English Department, Brandeis. 2008-09.
Chair, Americanist search committee, English Department, Brandeis. 2014-15.
Member, nine search committees, Brandeis and Penn State. 1998-.
Undergraduate Advising Head, English Department, Brandeis. 2000-02.
Coordinator, American Studies Faculty Workshop, Penn State. 1996-99.
Interdepartmental and University:
Member, Executive Board, Film, Television and Interactive Media Program. Brandeis, 2011-17.
Member, Executive Board, History of Ideas Program. Brandeis, 2015-.
Member, Master of Arts in Comparative Humanities. Brandeis, 2014-.
Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Brandeis. 2008-10.
Member, ad hoc committees for tenure review, Brandeis. 2001, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014.
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Modern Language Association
American Comparative Literature Association
French (intermediate), Spanish (intermediate), German (basic), Czech (basic), Amharic (elementary)
Available on request.