An early interest in Thomas Hardy, his Romantic precursors, and his Victorian contemporaries led me later to consider Hardy’s influence on a later, Edwardian writer, D.H. Lawrence. Subsequent studies of Joseph Conrad gave me the opportunity to edit a critical edition of Heart of Darkness, which in turn led to the creation of an entire series of theory-smart critical editions published by Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press. Currently, I am combining my interests in critical theory and nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature by writing a study of the way in which Romantic, Victorian, and early-modern writers use, bend, and break the evolving conventions governing quotation marks in order to create meanings that would otherwise be difficult to express.
- Contemporary Critical Approaches
- Romantic and Victorian Poetry (undergraduate- and graduate level)
- Victorian Fiction (undergraduate and graduate level)
Swinburne, Hardy, Lawrence, and the Burden of Belief (1978); The Poetry of D.H. Lawrence: Texts and Contexts (1983); Sons and Lovers: A Novel of Division and Desire (1987); Lord Jim: After the Truth (1992); The Scarlet Letter: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism (2ed. 2006); Heart of Darkness: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism (3ed., 2011); ed. Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism (1989-2011)
Numerous outstanding teaching awards earned at various institutions; Outstanding Admministrator Award, Southern Methodist University (1999); M Award for Outstanding University Service, SMU (2003)