new writing on psychology, personhood, & illness

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“Taxonomy of an Enslaved Heart,” forthcoming in American Literature, June 2024.

The Disordered Ordinary,” in American Literary History, Fall 2023.

Gaslighting in 1880,” on Avidly: a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books, December 20, 2022.

Reading Wharton with Pain: On Rest, Practices, and Care,” Literature & Medicine 40.2, Fall 2022.

Advanced Pain Studies,” review of Lisa Olstein, Pain Studies, on Avidly: a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books, July 2, 2020.

A New Chapter in the Story of Trauma: Narratives of Bodily Healing from 1860s America,” American Literature 91.4, December 2019

“Newland Archer’s Doubled Consciousness: Wharton, Psychology, and Narrational Form,” Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence: New Centenary Essays, Bloomsbury 2019. 

Henry James’s Black Dresses: Mourning without Grief,” Nineteenth-Century Literature 72.4, March 2018.

Related essays:

Another piece on James demonstrates how his odd use of a phrase, “hang fire,” amalgamates characters with material objects.

An essay on belief in Henry James’s short story “Maud-Evelyn” appeared in American Impersonal: Essays with Sharon Cameron.

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writing on testimony & human rights

My book Quiet Testimony:  A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature was published by Fordham University Press in the fall of 2013.  

Related essays:

On what it means for Melville to write a story, Benito Cereno, about muteness.

On Emerson’s refusal to be explicit in his anti-slavery politics.


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