Assistant Professor (English)
B.A. (Queen’s); M.A. (Western); Ph.D. (Western)
Office: Catharine Parr Traill College, Wallis Hall 120
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 ext. 7574
Eighteenth-century literature and cultural history; medical history; plague writing and public health; biothrillers and biopunk; disease and national character; women’s writing; sermon literature
An interdisciplinary study of the relationship between suicide, gender and national identity in the eighteenth-century novel. An edition on the cultural history of suicide in the eighteenth century. A book project on plague writing and public health discourse in the eighteenth century. Articles on the interconnections between physiology and philosophy in early Romantic thought.
"Dying to be English: Suicide Narratives and National Identity: 1714-1814". The History of Suicide, Vols. 3 & 4. London: Pickering & Chatto (Forthcoming in December, 2011).
“True Crime: Print Culture, Contagion, and Herbert Croft's Love and Madness; or, A Story too True." Eighteenth-Century Fiction (forthcoming)
"Mourning and Material Culture.” Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800. 177 (2010) (Reprint)
“Raising the Dead: Sermons, Suicide, and Transnational Exchange in the Eighteenth Century.” Literature and Medicine 28:1 (2009): 9-26
“`Corruptible Bodies’: Suicide and the Aesthetics of the English Malady in John Shebbeare’s Lydia; or, Filial Piety (1755)”: The English Malady: Enabling and Disabling Fictions, Glen Colburn, ed. Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008, 95-123
“Mourning and Material Culture in Eliza Haywood’s The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 18:3 (2006): 281-304
“`Dire Compotation’: Eighteenth-Century English Georgics and the (Mis)Uses of Alcohol” Lumen 22 (2004): 255-274
“`Fashioned for Desire’: Re-Constructing the Body in Bliss Carman’s Sappho: One-Hundred Poems.” Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews. 49 (2001): 16-39
“Effacing `Mem’ry’s Page’: Orality and Literacy in Adam Kidd’s The Huron Chief.” Canadian Poetry 46 (2000): 8-42.