BA (University of Virginia), MA, PhD (Penn State University)
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The Practice of Satire in England, 1658-1770 (forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).
“‘Swift’s rhapsodical Tory-book’: The Aims and Motives of The History of the Four Last Years of the Queen,” forthcoming in Reading Swift: Papers from The Sixth Münster Symposium on Jonathan
“Fabricating Defoes: From Anonymous Hack to Master of Fictions,” Eighteenth-Century Life 36 (2012): 1–35.
Late seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century literature; Satire; Digital humanities; and Historicisms.
I specialize in British literature of the long eighteenth century (1660-1800), and am especially interested in studying that literature in its historical and political contexts. My first book is The Practice of Satire in England, 1658-1770; it focuses principally on poetry, but also covers plays, novels, and non-fiction prose. My published articles range in subject from Marvell and Butler in the seventeenth century to Maturin in the nineteenth and T. S. Eliot and Charles Williams in the twentieth. I am now at work on a book entitled Swift and History: Politics and the English Past, which I see as a stepping-stone toward a larger book on Swift’s career as a propagandist and a controversialist.
I see myself as a “contextual historicist” scholar/critic. My work is devoted mostly to asking what we think we know and why we think we know it. Methodologically, I’m committed to post-New-Historicism historicism. I have a special interest in satire, as well as historical and political literature broadly conceived, from the “early modern” period to the present.