Professor, Acting Department Chair
BA, University of Toronto, 1978
MA, University of Toronto, 1982
MA, Cornell University, 1982
PhD, Cornell University, 1986
University College 2415
519-661-2111 ext. 85738
In my teaching and research I study nineteenth-century British literature and culture.I have particular interests in the writings of George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson, John Keats, and Walter Scott. My work always aims to understand the way literature describes or resists the material, embodied world in which it is made. My current research concerns the emergence in nineteenth century writing of the idea of human beings as a biological species.
I am happy to supervise graduate research in the fields of nineteenth-century literature; literary theory; poetry, poetics and rhetoric; literature and economics; and animal studies.