Bachelor's Degree(s): 1975, Harvard University
Master's Degree: 1979, Louisiana State University
PhD: 1987, University of California, Berkeley
Phone: (225) 578-3129
Fax: (225) 578-4129
Office: 229-C Allen Hall
Area of Interest
- American literature and culture
- Theories of cultural and social change
- Critical theory
- Modernism / modernity
Awards & Honors
- Department Chair, 2010-13
- Advisory Editor for Modern Fiction Studies since 1990
- Associate Chair, Dept. of English, 2008-09
- LSU Distinguished Faculty Award 2004
- LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, May 2002
- Director of Undergraduate Studies in English, 2003-2006
- Director of Graduate Studies in English 1995-1998
- English Graduate Students Association's Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, 1996
- Leverhulme Commonwealth/USA Visiting Fellowship, 1991-1992, Department of American Studies, University of Wales at Swansea
- Faulkner and Modernism: Rereading and Rewriting . Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, 1990.
- Learning from Difference: Teaching Morrison, Twain, Ellison, and Eliot . Columbus : Ohio State University Press, 1999.
- A Companion to William Faulkner . Ed. and introd. London: Blackwell, 2007
- “Faulkner's Continuing Education: From Self-Reflection to Embarrassment.” Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect. Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha 1997. Ed. Donald J. Kartiganer and Ann J. Abadie. Jackson : UP of Mississippi , 2000.
- "Contextualizing Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust: Sherlock Holmes, Chick Mallison, Decolonization, and Change." Faulkner Journal 12.2 (Spring 1997): 57-68. Reprinted in A Gathering of Evidence: Essays on William Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust. Ed. Michel Gresset and Patrick H. Samway, S. J. Philadelphia: St. Joseph 's UP, 2004.
- "Teaching Cross-Cultural Encounters and Student Writing with Question-Hypothesis-Questions (QHQs). "Teaching a "New Canon?": Students, Teachers and Texts in the College Literature Classroom . Ed. Bruce A. Goebel and James C. Hall. Urbana : National Council of Teachers of English, 1995. 131-47.
- "A Continuity in the Southern White Dilemma: Would Huck Finn Vote for David Duke?" Co-authored with Wayne Parent. Borderlines: Studies in American Culture 2.2 (1994): 113-31.
- "Faulkner and Modernism." Cambridge Companion to Faulkner Studies . Ed. Philip M. Weinstein. New York: Cambridge UP, 1994. 17-30. (Note: this essay is not a section of the book of this title listed above.)
- "'He Wants to Put His Story Next to Hers': Putting Twain's Story Next to Hers in Toni Morrison's Beloved ."Modern Fiction Studies 39.3&4 (Fall/Winter 1993): 501-25. Reprinted in Reading Toni Morrison: Critical and Theoretical Approaches , ed. Nancy J. Peterson. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins UP, 1997. 155-80. Revised for Learning from Difference: Teaching Morrison, Twain, Ellison, and Eliot (listed above).
- "Compulsive and Revisionary Repetition: Faulkner's 'Barn Burning' and the Craft of Writing Difference." In Faulkner and the Craft of Fiction . Ed. Doreen Fowler and Ann J. Abadie. Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 1987. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi , 1989. 48-70. Reprinted in William Faulkner: A Centennial Tribute . Ed. Somdatta Mandal. New Delhi : Prestige Books, 1999. 194-216. Revised for Faulkner and Modernism (listed above).
- "Antisemitism, Humor, and Rage in Faulkner's The Hamlet ." The Faulkner Journal 3.1 (Fall 1987): 52-70. Revised for Faulkner and Modernism (listed above).