Professor of English
American literature. Romanticism. Composition. Philosophy of education. Literature of the American South. Poetry. Interested in American poetry, in the way it faces questions of transcendence and value, identity and morality.
Examining 19th-century political oratory, asking how a political culture founded on dealmaking and compromise comes to terms with conflicts over moral issues where dealmaking and compromise seem to be easily discredited strategies.
Yale University, Ph.D.
Yale University, M.A.
Yale University, B.S.
Awards and Honors
Twenty Five Years of Service at Brandeis (2007)
Fellowship at the Newhouse Center for Humanities (2006)
Norman Grant (2006)
Ambassador Book Award, English-Speaking Union (1999)
Holman Prize, Society for the Study of Southern Literature, for The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren (1999)
Jules and Frances Landry Prize for The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren (1998)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1997)
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1997)
American Philosophical Society Grant (1996)
Mazer Grant (1996)
Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching (1994 - 1995)
Marver Bernstein Faculty Fellowship (1987)
Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship, to complete The Way Down (1986)
John A. Porter Fellowship (1982)
Mary Cady Tew Prize (1978)
C.B. Tinker Prize (1977)
Herson Scholarship (1977)
E.T. McLaughlin Prize (1976)
|ENG||1a||Introduction to Literary Studies|
|ENG||6a||American Literature in the Age of Lincoln|
|ENG||7a||American Literature from 1900 to 2000|
|ENG||10b||Poetry: A Basic Course|
|ENG||38b||Race, Region, and Religion in the Twentieth-Century South|
|ENG||46b||American Gothic Romantic Fiction|
|ENG||117b||Novels of William Faulkner|
|ENG||126a||American Realism and Naturalism, 1865-1900|
|ENG||207b||Fiction of the American South|
|ENG||236a||American Poetry of the Nineteenth Century|
|ENG||266a||Slavery and the American Imagination|
|HUM||10a||The Western Canon|