- B.A., City College, 1965
- M.A., Columbia University, 1967
- Ph.D., Columbia University, 1976
I teach mainly American and British literature and connections between them; a fairly new interest is the history of the book. I'm also interested in relationships between the verbal and visual. My first-year seminar is on "Ways of Seeing, Ways of Knowing." Among the questions that circulate through my courses are these: what was "literature" at a given time in a given place? Within what conditions did literature appear? Who wrote and what did they write? How did writing get published or produced and distributed? How was it read in its day? How do we read it now?
My scholarship focuses on nineteenth-century American literature, especially on formal and rhetorical dimensions of narrative, on relationships between the visual and the verbal, and on intersections between the history of the book and the study of imaginative writing. I'm a senior editor of the Heath Anthology of American Literature, and am in charge of Volume C, which covers the period from 1865-1910.