B.A., M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Teaching and Research Interests:
Victorian Novel; Theory of the Novel; Religious Literary Criticism; Gender Studies; William Makepeace Thackeray; the Brontës
Thackeray and Women. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 1995.
“’I’m No Angel’: A Feminist reading of Vanity Fair.” Critical Analysis of Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2012. Literary Reference Center. EBSCO Publishing. Web. 24 Jan. 2012.
“Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, Mid-Victorian Anti-Catholicism, and the turn to Secularism.” ELH 78 (2011): 967-989.
“Emily Brontë’s ‘No Coward Soul’ and the Need for a Religious Literary Criticism.” Victorians Institute Journal 37 (2009): 195-223.
“Celluloid Satire, or the Moviemaker as Moralist: Mira Nair’s Adaptation of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.” In In/Fidelity: Essays on Film Adaptation. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008, pp. 38-59.
“Brontë’s Jane Eyre and the Grimms’ Cinderella: Fairy Tale as Feminist Allegory.” In Bloom’s Guides: Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Ed. by Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2007, 80-89. Reprinted from Studies in English Literature 40 (Autumn 2000): 695-710.
Works in Progress:
Monograph: Emily Brontë and Mysticism
Essay: “A Feminist Critical Approach to Thackeray’s Vanity Fair,” for Critical Insights series, Salem Press, Pasadena, California
Director, Undergraduate Programs in English, Loyola University Chicago, 2005-09
Director, Center for Faith and Mission, Loyola University Chicago, 2002-04
Vice President, President, Midwest Victorian Studies Association, 2001-05
Director of Writing Programs, Loyola University Chicago, 1994-1999