Title/s: Associate Professor
Specialty Area: Theory of the novel, feminist theory, Victorian novel, William Thackeray, the Brontes
Office #: Crown Center 407
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
B.A., M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Victorian Novel; Religion and Literature; Secularism; Gender Studies; William Makepeace Thackeray; Charlotte and Emily Brontë
Thackeray and Women. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 1995.
In Progress: Emily Brontë and Mysticism.
[Forthcoming] “Willie Collins’s Moonstone, and the Emergence of a Global Secular Modernity,” Religion and Literature, Notre Dame University.
“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.
“Teaching Hopkins Without Embarrassment: Catholic Identity and Intellectual Integrity.” America 184 (May 21, 2001): 6-11.
“Brontë's Jane Eyre and the Grimms' Cinderella: Fairy Tale as Feminist Allegory." Studies in English Literature 40 (Autumn 2000): 695-710.