B.A., English Literature and Honors, Western Washington (1983)
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1986)
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1992)
Dissertation: Inscriptions and Incisions: Writing and the Body in the Works of Franz Kafka and Yukio Mishima
AREAS OF TEACHING:
History of Narrative, World Literature, East-West Literary Relations, Kafka, Literary Theory, Representations of the Body in Narrative, The Epistolary Novel, Japanese Fiction, Composition
Freshman Composition and Honors English, World of Ideas, Critical Writing in the Field of English, Controversies in Criticism, Postcolonial Literatures, The Kafkaesque in Literature, Culture and Film
“Manufacturing Discontent: Mapping Traces of Industrial Space in Kafka’s Haptic Narrative Landscapes.” The Journal of the Kafka Society of America.
“Finding the Local in the Global: Explorations in Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching.” Approaches to Teaching World Literature, ed. David Damrosch, co-written with Jeanne Gillespie of the University of Southern Mississippi.
“Satanic Verses and Kafka’s Curse: Kafkan Echoes in Stories of Mutable Post-Colonial Identities.” The Journal of the Kafka Society of America 1-2 (June/Dec. 2003): 57-64.
“A Body of One’s Own: The Body as Sanctum of Individual Integrity in Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being.” In the collection Milan Kundera: Critical Essays. Ed. Peter Petro. G.K. Hall, 1999. 231-241.
“Glossing Scripts and Scripting Pleasure in Mishima’s Confessions of a Mask.” Studies in the Novel 32:2 (Summer 1999): 222-223.
“Reading Oedipus in Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being” with Hana Pichova. Comparative Literature Studies 34:1 (1997): 71-83.
“I Think, Therefore I Suffer: How the Increasing Representation of Narrative Consciousness Parallels the Breakdown of the Body in Mann’s Buddenbrooks.” Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, Washington D.C. March 2007.
“What’s Brewing in the Witche’s Consciousness: Maguire’s Crafty Use of Narrative Qualia in Wicked.” Midwest modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, Nov. 2006.
“She’s Givin’ Me Good Vibrations: Dracula and the Telephone.” Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, Louisville, KY, April 2005.
“The Kafka-Coetzaa Connection: Experiments in Narrative Space and Pace. Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, Burlington, VT, April 2004.
“Kafkaesque Burrows Through Japan’s Psychic Space in Karuki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.” Modern Language Association, San Diego, Dec. 2003.