Bard Microcollege Holyoke
Program Director and Faculty Member, 2016-present
Bard Prison Initiative
Faculty Member, 2015-16
United States Military Academy, West Point
Assistant Professor of English, 2013-15
Fordham University, Bronx, NY
Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow, 2012-13
Graduate Assistant, Center for Teaching Excellence, 2011-12
Ph.D. Fordham University, Department of English, May 2012
TESOL Baruch College (CUNY), Department of Continuing Studies, 1995
M.A. University of Virginia, Department of English, 1981
B.A. Fordham University, Department of English, summa cum laude, 1980
Romanticism and Unrequited Love shows how women reading and writing as the fourteenth-century Italian poet Petrarch in late-eighteenth-century Britain represent part of a larger sub-cultural resistance to emerging nationalism. Popular poet-novelists such as Charlotte Smith and Mary Robinson authorized themselves in part through their direct appropriation of Petrarch’s voice, sensibility, and sonnet form, echoing continental Petrarchan strains from Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther and Rousseau’s Julie. Their representations of frustrated attempts at reciprocity enabled them to find an alternate recognition from sympathetic readers who also understood that ideas and ideologies could never return their love. Through historically informed close reading, I show how works by the period’s women writers highlight often obscured but equally fundamental Petrarchan sources for a range of canonical nineteenth-century British writers including William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, and John Keats.
“Cartooning as Creative Classroom Response: Picturing Emily Dickinson and her Poetry.” CEA Forum (Winter/Spring 2016).
“The Unsex’d Petrarch: Charlotte Smith’s Lessons in the Sonnet as Social Medium.” Studies in Romanticism 51.2 (Summer 2014) 239-63.
“Keats and the Hands of Petrarch and Laura.” Keats-Shelley Journal 62 (2013): 99-113.
Review, Edoardo Zuccato, Petrarch in Romantic England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). Romantic Circles. 11 June 2009.
“Success and the Single Woman.” New York Times Op-ed. 22 March 1990.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Department of English Doctoral Support Grant, Fordham University, 2010.
Presidential Scholarship, Fordham University, 1976-80, 2008-12.
Bard Microcollege Holyoke
First-Year Seminar II: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend
Bard Prison Initiative, New York State Correctional Facilities
Creating the Other, Confronting the Self: Frankenstein, Emma, Kindred, Never Let Me Go
Contemporary Egyptian Literature
Grammar I and II
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
“Utopia v. Reality” (EN102, Literature), Spring 2015
“Privilege” (EN101, Themed Composition), Fall 2014.
Invited Lecturer, “Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese,” British Literature II, Dr. Patrick Query, Spring 2015.
Invited Lecturer, “Robert Frost and the Worker,” Senior Seminar, Dr. Patrick Query, Fall 2014.
“Revolutionary Egypt” (EN302, Advanced Composition), Spring 2014.
Invited Lecturer, “Emma the Imaginist,” British Romanticism, COL Scott Krawczyk, Spring 2014.
“Art and the Making of Meaning” (EN101, Themed Composition), Fall 2013.
Fordham University, Bronx, NY
“Romantics and Their World” (ENGL 3424), Spring 2013.
A study of British Romantic views of science, education, gender, social strata, work, and conflict using Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a touchstone text. Responsible for course design and grading.
Texts and Contexts: “Romanticizing Revolution” (ENGL 2000EP), Summer 2012, Fall 2012.Writing-intensive course analyzing representations of contemporary protest movements in the context of British views of the French Revolution. Responsible for course design and grading.
Texts and Contexts: “Love, Lust & Lyrics” (ENGL 2000EP), Spring 2011, Fall 2012.Writing-intensive course comparing contexts, contents, and forms of love lyrics from antiquity to the present. Responsible for course design and grading.
Composition I (ENGL 1101), Fall 2010.
Developmental grammar, exposition, and research. Responsible for course design and grading.
Composition II (ENGL 1102), Fall 2009, Spring, 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2013. Use of grammar, logic, and rhetoric in claims-based academic arguments. Responsible for choosing course materials and grading.
Invited Lecturer, “Romanticism and Italy” for “British Romanticism: Town, City, Nation 1789-1832” (ENGL 3461), Professor John Bugg, Spring 2010.
Writing Center Tutor, 2008-2009. Helped students from across the curriculum plan, write, and revise essays for class assignments and applications.
Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
College Writing (ENG 1010), Fall 2007.
Introduction to academic discourse. Responsible for course design and grading.
Accelerated College Writing (ENG 1010), Spring 2008.
Intensive on-site course at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) for staff and enlisted officers pursuing undergraduate degrees. Responsible for course design and grading.
Baruch College, Department of Continuing Studies, New York, NY
Intermediate and Advanced EFL Reading, Writing, and Conversation, 1995-2001.
Technical School Center, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Soros Professional English Language Teaching Fellow. 1997-98.
Taught American English and culture to secondary-school students and English teachers.
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
Nineteenth-century British and American Literature
Poetry and Poetics
Composition and Rhetoric
CONFERENCE PANELS AND PAPERS
“Charlotte Smith, John Thelwall, and The Politics of Poetic Love.” Placing Charlotte Smith Conference, Chawton House, UK. October 2016.
“John Thelwall, Charlotte Smith, and the Politics of Poetic Love.” The Worlds of John Thelwall Conference, New York City. June 2016.
“Words by Felicia Hemans; Image by Thomas Cole.” British Women Writers Conference, New York City. June 2015.
“Shelley and Petrarch.” International Conference on Romanticism, Romantic Twins, Echoes, and Appropriations, Minneapolis, September 2014.
“‘C’est moi!’ What Felicia Hemans Sees in the Figure of Corinne.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Romantic Organizations, Washington, D.C., July 2014.
“Reading, Writing, and Rheumatism: The Pains of Aging for Charlotte Smith and Mary Robinson.” Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, Women’s Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century Conference 2013, Chawton, UK, July 2013.
Roundtable Organizer: “Affect: the New Sensibility?” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Boston, March 2013.
“No Love Poets They: The Subversive Petrarchisms of Charlotte Smith and William Wordsworth.” Women & Society Conference, Marist College, October 2012.
“Writing as Medicine for Charlotte Smith and Mary Robinson.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), San Antonio, TX, March 2012.
“(How) Can We Teach the Book of Love?” New York College English Association (NYCEA), Utica, NY, September 2011.
“Writing as Surgery in the Late Works of Mary Robinson.” Northeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (NEASECS), Buffalo, NY, October 2010.
“Petrarchism and the Poetry of Keats.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), Vancouver, BC, August 2010.
“From Body to Mind: Mary Robinson’s Petrarchan Moves.” International Conference on Romanticism (ICR), CUNY, New York, NY, November 2009.
“Love and the River: Wordsworth’s Particular Dialogue with Petrarch.” Summer Wordsworth Conference, Grasmere UK, July 2009.
“The Pleasure of Pretending to be Someone Else: The Petrarch and Werter Poems of Charlotte Smith.” International Conference on Romanticism (ICR), Baltimore, MD, October 2007.
ACADEMIC RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Deixis in the Early Modern English Lyric by Heather Dubrow (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).
Annotations and illustrations for The Joseph Johnson Letterbook, edited by John Bugg (Oxford University Press, 2015). My work focused on Joseph Priestley’s letters from America.
SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE
United States Military Academy:
Civilian Assistant Professor Search Committee, United States Military Academy, May 2014.
Faculty Moderator, Cadet Creative Writing Forum, 2014-15.
Mentor, Writing Fellows Program, 2014-15.
Mentor, Excel Scholars Program, 2014-15.
Assistant Editor, Department Newsletter.
Co-editor, Rhetorikos, 2011-12.
Manage blind-review process for on-line journal of excellent essays by first-year students.
Graduate Digital Humanties Group, Fordham University 2012-13.
Helped secure funding, set agenda, and coordinate events.
Curator, “One Poem a Day Won’t Kill You: A Celebration of National Poetry Month” for philipstown.info 2014-15
Awarded first place for “Best use of social media,” New York Press Association.
Trustee and Acting Executive Director, Books For Kids Foundation, 2000-2006.
Managed programs and fundraising efforts for promoting literacy by distributing books and developing children’s libraries for children in low-income areas in the tri-state region.
Trustee, Grand Street Settlement, New York City, 2002-2006
PROFESSIONAL WRITING EXPERIENCE
Independent Communications Consultant.New York, NY, 1989-2008.
Wrote articles, brochures, and training documents for professional services firms, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions.
Modern Language Association
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
International Conference on Romanticism
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies