School of Humanities
Film Studies, African American Studies, Women's Studies, Latin American Studies, Humanities
School of Humanities
PH.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1972
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1967
Phone: (949) 824-6719
Fax: (949) 824-2916
University of California, Irvine
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
American literature; modern literature; critical theory; comparative literature; television and film; african american studies; women's studies
Class of 2000 Outstanding Professor from the School of Humanities; UCI Alumni Association Award for Teaching, 1981; UCI Academic Senate Award, Distinguished Teaching, 1988-1989
My specializations include 19 and 20 C American literatures and cultures, and in these areas I am interested in the reassessment of canonical literary texts in light of women's and ethnic literatures. I also work on television and film, primarily in conjunction with their representation of such historical crises as wars (WW II, Korea, Vietnam, and after). I work in the History of Critical Theory, and I have special interests in poststructuralist, feminist, colonial and post-colonial, and cultural studies approaches to literature, the other media, and culture in general.
Administrative Experience: Chair of English and Comparative Literature (1979-1982), Director of Critical Theory Institute (1993-1996), Director of African American Studies (1994-1995; 1999-2000), Chair of Humanities Executive Committee, Chair of University Extension Committee, Representative to Academic Senate, Graduate Council, Planning and Budget.
Major Grants: Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities, Critical Theory Summer Fellowship, Director of NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, Director of NEH "Bridging the Gaps" Program for high school, community college, and four-year college teachers (1994-1996), etc.
Henry Adams and Henry James: The Emergence of a Modern Consciousness (Cornell University Press, 1976)
Through the Custom-House: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction and Modern Theory (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982)
The Theoretical Dimensions of Henry James (University of Wisconsin Press, 1984)
The Other Henry James/ (Duke University Press, 1998)
At Emerson's Tomb: The Politics of Classic American Literature (Columbia University Press, 1997)
Literary Culture and US Imperialism: From the Revolution to World War II (Oxford University Press, 2000)
The New American Studies (University of Minnesota Press, Fall 2002)
Co-editor of The Vietnam War and American Culture (Columbia University Press, 1991)
"Culture" and the Problem of the Disciplines (Columbia University Press, 1998)
New Essays on "The Education of Henry Adams" (Columbia University Press, 1996)
Post-Nationalist American Studies (University of California Press, 2000)
Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller (2003)
Over 100 scholarly essays and reviews on a wide range of authors, texts, films, social and aesthetic issues from the late eighteenth century to contemporary U.S. and Caribbean societies.
Modern Language Association
Critical Theory Institute (ORU)