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  • My interests center on British Literature, especially of the eighteenth century. I am most interested in the historical contexts of literature, and I bring that perspective to bear in all my scholarship and teaching. I am currently at work on a book tentatively titled 'Strange Case of Elizabeth Canning,' which examines the most famous criminal case of the eighteenth century in both literary and historical (especially legal) ways. Over the last ten years, I have presented four papers at scholarly conferences on this project, as well as a paper here on the Boulder campus sponsored by the C!8-19th Group.


  • English literature, history and literature, eighteenth century, literature and the law, literature and crime, detective fiction, the novel


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courses taught

  • ENGL 2102 - Literary Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provides a basic skills course designed to equip students to handle the English major. Emphasizes critical writing and the acquisition of basic techniques and vocabulary of literary criticism through close attention to poetry and prose.
  • ENGL 2503 - British Literary History to 1660
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provides a chronological study of great figures and forces in English literature from Beowulf to 1660.
  • ENGL 2504 - British Literary History after 1660
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Surveys key trends and works in British literature from 1660 to 1900 by focusing on issues such as modernity; national identity; political, economic, social, and scientific revolutions; reading and media technologies; and the relationship between literary and visual culture. May include works by Aphra Behn, William Hogarth, the Wordsworths, Jane Austen, the Bront�s, Charles Dickens, Christina Rossetti, and Joseph Conrad. Formerly ENGL 2512.
  • ENGL 3164 - History and Literature of Georgian Britain
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    Provides an interdisciplinary study of England in one of its most vibrant cultural and historical periods. Topics include politics, religion, family life, and the ways contemporary authors understood their world.
  • ENGL 3544 - The Long Eighteenth Century: Satire, Sense, and Sentiment from Behn to Austen
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Examines the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century (1660-1815), when satire ruled, the novel rose to prominence, philosophers challenged authority, and romanticism took hold. Studies how authors used evolving forms to confront and buttress authority and ask what being human means: Is it to reason and feel? To trade and own things? To be free?
  • ENGL 4514 - Advanced Topics: The Long 18th Century
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Covers advanced topics in the Restoration and Eighteenth-century. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.


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