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I teach many different courses in the English Department, many of them in my areas of specialization, which are English-language modernism -- British, Irish, and American -- and satire. But I also enjoy teaching introductory courses such as the departmental survey of British Literature after 1660, or "Utopian and Dystopian Fiction." I've published two books on satire: Modernism, Satire, and The Novel (2011), and The Cambridge Introduction to Satire (2019). I also co-edited a collection of essays on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (2016). I also recently published Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving, co-written with CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca, that looks at a wide range of people and cultural phenomena from the past whose unique lives have been underappreciated.
I serve as Chair of the department.
Modernism; 20th Century British/Anglophone; Comedy and Satire; Darwin and Literature; Literary Theory.
- 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
- 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
- 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
- "'Was Anyone Hurt?': A Handful of Dust and the Ends of Satire"
- "Nathanael West and the Mystery of Feeling"
- "Cannibals and Catholics: Reading the Reading of Black Mischief"
- "Okonkwo and the Storyteller: Death, Accident, and Meaning in Chinua Achebe and Walter Benjamin"
- "Why Can't Biologists Read Poetry?"
- "Darwin and Literary Studies"
- "The Ideology of the Mermaid"
- The Modernist Novel's Experiments with Narrative
Cambridge Introduction to Satire
Part of the Cambridge Introductions series, this book aims to provide a general overview of satire for undergraduates and general readers. While it will draw upon satire from Aristophanes through Stephen Colbert, it will also place a heavy emphasis on modern and contemporary works, which have usually been neglected in favor of the ancient and Enlightenment canons.