Associate Professor of English
PhD in English (1985), University of California, Los Angeles
MA in English (1976), California State University, Fullerton
BA in English (1972), State University of New York, Buffalo
I have published on a wide range of topics, including composition studies, graduate programs in English, Seventeenth Century English literature, American literature, computational linguistics, and business communications. My past research interests include American literature and computer applications in literature and in composition, and I have published a book on Mark Twain’s travel phenomenology. I am a book reviewer for a number of publishers, including composition textbooks and a few in literary criticism. I present papers on a variety of topics regularly at regional and national conferences, such as MLA, ALA, SAMLA, and NCTE.
I've taught at ISU since 1987, so I've an array of teaching interests. Time changes perspectives, so I've evolved. My teaching has included some of the following courses:
- English 6666: Nineteenth Century Literature - Travel Literature
- English 6627: Major Authors - Mark Twain
- English 3353: The West in American Literature
- English 3308: Business Communications
- English 3307: Professional and Technical Writing
- English 1126: Art of Film I
- English 1102: Critical Reading and Writing
My research interests have evolved as well. I'm working on a book-length manuscript on the development of film moir from literature (primarily American). I continue to present on Mark Twain at various conferences, and have submitted a manuscript on Twain's domestic virtues from a phenomenological perspective. Because of my interest in travel works, and Twain's specifically, I have been working on digital edition theory; I hope to create a digital edition of Twain's Following the Equator at some point. And, also because of my interest in travel works, I've been working on the influence of Italy on American writers, including Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, and others.
Mark Twain's Travel Literature: The Odyssey of a Mind. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Press (2008).
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
"William Blake's Jerusalem and the Los Angeles of Film Noir," Philosophy and Literature, 38 (2014), 223-241.
"Venice and the Decline of the West: Henry James, Mark Twain, and the Memorials of the Past," Henry James Today, John Carlos Rowe, editor, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014, 87-111.
"Mark Twain's Travel: Looking for an Identity in Fiction," Chapter Eight of Mark Twain's Travel Literature: The Odyssey of a Mind. Pages 144-162. Twentieth Century Literature Criticism, Gale Cengage Learning, 2012.
"As I Lay Dying and Features of Greek Tragedy," The Explicator, Volume 68, Number 3, July-September 2010.
Book Review: Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters From the North American Review. Second edition. Edited by Michael J. Kiskis. Foreword by Sheila Leary. University of Wisconsin Press, 2010. Reviewed for the Mark Twain Forum, appearing on April 29, 2010.
Book Review: Mark Twain on the Move: A Travel Reader. Edited by Alan Gribben and Jeffrey Alan Melton. The University of Alabama Press, 2009. Reviewed for the Mark Twain Forum, appearing on February 23, 2009.
Mark Twain and Teeth." Rendezvous: Journal of Arts and Letters, 2002-2003; 37 (2): 6-9.
The New Breed of Graduate Programs: Preparing for the Changing Market." ERIC Document 354 533 (1992).
"Job Interviewing: Process and Practice." The Bulletin of the Association for Business Communication, Volume LV, Number 2, June 1992.
"The Poet's Role in Rhetoric: George Herbert in the Service of the Lord." John Donne Journal: Studies in the Age of Donne. Volume 10.1-2 (1991).
"Changing Needs in a Composition Program." ERIC Document 333 418 (1992).
"Problems and Solutions in Parsing." Calico Journal, September 1987.
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