Professor of English, Emerita
Projects & Publications
A Bibliography of Eighteenth-Century British Poets, Managing editor (work in progress).
Forms of Mortality: Poetry About Death in Early Modern Britain (book project, in progress).
- Edited Collections:
- Guest editor: Huntington Library Quarterly, special issue: Religion and Cultural Transformation in Early Modern England (71.4) 2008.
- Co-editor (with Robert Mayer): Historical Boundaries, Narrative Forms: Essays on British Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century in Honor of Everett Zimmerman (University of Delaware Press, 2007).
- Editor: Ritual, Routine, and Regime: Repetition in Early Modern British and European Cultures (University of Toronto Press, UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series, 2006).
- “Noticing Death: Funeral Invitations and Obituaries in Early Modern Britain,” in Vital Matters: Eighteenth-Century Views of Conception, Life, and Death, ed. H. Deutsch and M. Terrall (University of Toronto Press, 2011, forthcoming).
- “The Funeral Elegy in Early Modern Britain: A Brief History,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy, ed. K. Weisman (Oxford University Press, 2010), 170-186.
- “Philosophical Tours of the Universe in British Poetry, 1700-1729, Or, The Soaring Muse,” in Culture and Authority in the Baroque, ed. M. Ciavolella and P. Coleman (University of Toronto Press, UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series, 2005), 30-62.
- “Cromwell’s Head and Milton’s Hair: Corpse Theory in Spectacular Bodies of the Interregnum,” in Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 40 (1999): 91-112, plus errata notice, 41 (2000): 1.
- “Graved in Tropes: The Figural Logic of Epitaphs and Elegies in Blair, Gray, Cowper, and Wordsworth,” ELH 62 (1995): 347-386.
- “Poetically Figuring the Self,” in William Andrews Clark Library Newsletter, Spring 1997.
- “The Work of Poetry,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 40 (2007): 659-664. Review of English Labouring-Class Poets, 1700-1800, ed. W. Christmas, B. Keegan, and T. Burke (Pickering & Chatto, 2003), and of Augustan Measures, R. Bradford (Ashgate, 2002).
- “Contexts and Companions,” Huntington Library Quarterly 66 (2003): 191-198. Review of Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry, ed. J. Sitter (Cambridge UP, 2000) and of Eighteenth-Century Contexts: Historical Inquiries in Honor of Philip Harth, ed. H. Weinbrot et al (U of Wisconsin, 2001).
- Review of Women and Literature in Britain, 1700-1800, ed. V. Jones (Cambridge UP, 2000). Huntington Library Quarterly 64 (2001): 523-527.
- Review of S. Irlam, Elations: The Poetics of Enthusiasm in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Stanford UP, 1999); on “ASECS Book Reviews Online.”
- Recent Presentations
- “Scholarship and Digital Humanities/Editing and Publishing,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, roundtable discussion, March 2011.
- “The Role of ‘Close Reading’ in Teaching Eighteenth-Century Literature,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, roundtable discussion, March 2010.
- “Early Modern British Poetry in Archives Old and New,” Modern Language Association, December 2007.
- “Closeted Formalism,” N.E. Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, October 2007.
- “Female Figures at Work in the Poems (1807) of Wordsworth,” Huntington Library conference, “A Wordsworth Celebration,” April 2007.
- “British Corpses: Funerary Iconography and Early Modern Periodicals,” Conference on Vital Matters: Eighteenth-Century Views of Conception, Life, and Death, UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, March 2006.
- “Repetition and Progress in Early Modern British Poetry,” Conference on Structures of Feeling in the 17th Century, UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, May 2005.