Professor, Department Chair
Teaching in Spring, 2014: Literature 335.001, MWF 12:45-1:55
Office hours: MWF 10-11:30; and other times by arrangement.
I enjoy teaching and students and I like to teach a lot of different things; I sometimes teach the department’s major courses in The American Literary Tradition, Enlightenment to Modern, Readings in Fiction, and Modern Literature, as well as special topics from time to time. I regularly teach in the Humanities program, usually in 124.
My scholarship in recent years has been focused on contemporary British novelists; I’ve published books on David Lodge, Kingsley Amis, Julian Barnes and Michael Frayn, and am the editor of the Dictionary of Literary Biography volumes on British Novelists Since 1960 (four volumes, the most recent appearing in 2003) and Booker Prize Novels, 1969-2005. My current projects are Pat Barker: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism (now at the publisher) and Understanding Jonathan Coe (underway; will be published by U of South Carolina Press).
My most recent book was an edited anthology, The Academic Novel: New and Classic Essays, published in 2007 by Chester Academic Press (England). I've contributed chapters to various volumes in the Bloom's Themes series (edited by Blake Hobby), for example essays on "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," Catch-22, and Wide Sargasso Sea. I review books regularly, too, and this along with my own scholarship keeps me reading a great deal of recent fiction which, fortunately, is one of the things I most love to do. In June 2008 I was one of the keynote speakers at a conference called Julian Barnes and the European Tradition at Liverpool Hope University, which led to a book chapter called "Crossing the Channel: Europe and the Three Uses of France in Julian Barnes's Talking it Over," published in Julian Barnes: Contemporary Critical Perspectives(London, 2011). In May and June, 2014, I will be a keynote speaker at two conferences in Romania: "East-West Cultural Passage Conference: Changing Places," at Lucien Blaga University in Sibiu, Romania; and "Small World: Campus Fiction--Insular or Global?" at the University of Bucharest.
Ph.D.,University of North Carolina
M.A., University of North Carolina
B.A., Huntingdon College (Alabama)
The Academic Novel: New and Classic Essays [Editor] (Chester, UK: Chester Academic Press, 2007
Dictionary of Literary Biography (Volume 326): Booker Prize Novels, 1969-2005 (Editor). Gale, 2006. (ADD): author of chapters on Nadine Gordimer, The Conservationist; J. M. Coetzee, Life and Times of Michael K; Kingsley Amis, The Old Devils; Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang; and John Banville, The Sea.
Understanding Michael Frayn (Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2006).
Dictionary of Literary Biography (Volume 326): Booker Prize Novels, 1969-2005 (Editor). Gale, 2006.
“Amis, Father and Son,” in Brian W. Shaffer, Ed., A Companion to the British and Irish Novel 1945-2000 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005): 302-13.
“Julian Barnes’s Flaubert’s Parrot,” in Brian W. Shaffer, Ed., A Companion to the British and Irish Novel 1945-2000 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005): 481-92.
HUM 124: The Ancient World
HUM 214: The Medieval World
LIT 323: Western Literature: Romantic to Modern
LIT 335: Western Literature: Englightenment to Modern
LIT 324: American Literary Tradition
LIT 491: Senior Seminar
LiIT 356: Art of the Novel
LIT 326: Readings in Fiction
LIT 489: Major Author Seminar on George Eliot