I am Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Academic Program at Elmira College. I teach 20th and 21st century literature as well as first-year writing. My research and teaching focus on literature from around the world that represents the experiences of modernity through innovative narrative forms. My new interests include the intersections of crime and culture in popular and literary discourses.
My dissertation brought together baroque philosophy, postcolonial theory, affect studies, and feminist aesthetics to describe transformative modernist narratives by women in the interwar period. My chief scholarly concerns always come back to the relationship between form and social critique and reflect an abiding interest in the reciprocal processes of cultural creativity and lived experience. These interests fuel my approach to teaching literature and writing in the classroom, where drawing connections between writing and my students’ engagement with the world around them is paramount.
My research interests build on a background in literary translation, a field I pursued through an MFA at the University of Arkansas. I have expertise in Spanish literature, in particular, and have published translations of contemporary Spanish fiction in literary magazines. This expertise enhances and influences my research projects in Caribbean and Latin American colonial and postcolonial literatures, a secondary emphasis in my scholarship. In this area, I trace transnational influences and encounters that shape modernity in the Atlantic world. I also hold an MA in English from the University of Arkansas, where I defended my thesis on the relationship of form to subject matter in the relatively unknown poetry of George Eliot, which centers the lives and work of women and artists.
“But her passion, her disgrace, her humiliation are all acted in dumb show. They are hidden either by silence, or by flourishes and ornaments that amount to silence.” Virginia Woolf, from the unfinished essay “Anon”