Professor, Department of English, Saint Louis University
American Empire in the Pacific, Mark Twain and the Anti-Imperialists, and the Japanese response: 1898-1907
Education and Academic Employment
Ph. D. in English, October 1994, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
M.A., M.S., and B.A., Indiana University
Saint Louis University, Professor of English, with tenure, June 2009-present:
Associate Professor July 2003-2009
Assistant Professor, Fall 1998-July 2003:
Michigan State University, Lecturer, Dept. of American Thought and Language, 1995-98.
Research Fields of Interest
- American Literature and American Studies. Historical Approaches to Literature.Mark Twain. Cultural Studies.
- Japan in American Culture.Spirituality and Literature. Rhetorical Criticism.English Education. The Profession of English.
- Lincoln in His Own Times (complete & forthcoming in 2011, Univ. of Iowa P.)
- Mark Twain and the Spiritual Crisis of His Age (University of Alabama Press, 2007)
- American Declarations: Rebellion and Repentance in American Cultural History
- (University of Illinois Press, 1999)
Articles & Review Essays (selections, past 5 years ONLY):
- “Abraham Lincoln and Spiritual Crisis.” Forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln,” ed. Shirley Samuels, Cambridge UP, 2011.
- “’The Pandemonium That Went On’: An Unpublished Letter by Jean Clemens.” Forthcoming in American Literary Realism 44.1 (Fall 2011).
- Interview with Don DeLillo. Books and Culture (July/August 2011).
- “Kissing the Bricks and Fly-Fishing for God: Teaching Literature as Spiritual Discipline.” Renascence (Spring 2010).
- “The Prophetic Imagination, the Liberal Self, and the Ending of No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger,” in Centenary Reflections on Mark Twain’s No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger, eds. Joe Csicsila and Chad Rohman, University of Missouri Press, 2009. 91-104.
- “The Words of Barack Obama” The Cresset (October 2008).
- “The Measure and Style of Acceptance: A Conversation with Richard Ford.” Co-authored with Fred Arroyo. Michigan Quarterly Review (Fall 2008): 28 pages.
- “Mark Twain’s Interviews: Supplement Two.” Co-authored with Joe Webb. American Literary Realism 40.3 (Spring 2008): 272-80.
- “Cradling Lives in Our Hands: Towards a Theory of Cultural Biography.” Christianity & Literature 57.1 (Fall 2007): 119-38.
- “Searching for Home.” (Review essay on Richard Ford’s trilogy). Southern Review 44 (Spring 2007): 461-66.
- “Mark Twain’s Lincoln as ‘Man of the Border’: Religion, Freethinking, and the Civil War,” in There Before Us: Religion, Literature, and Culture from Emerson to Wendell Berry, ed. Roger Lundin (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007): 141-71. “Wendell Berry, Seeds of Hope, and the Survival of Creation.” In a special issue devoted to Berry. Christianity & Literature 56.2 (Winter 2007): 297-316.
- “’Hunting for Reasons to Hope’: A Conversation with Wendell Berry.” In a special issue devoted to Berry. Christianity & Literature 56.2 (Winter 2007): 214-34.
- “Writing’s “Privileged Gesture”: An Interview with Richard Ford.” Co-authored with Fred Arroyo. Indiana Review 28.2 (Winter 2006): 89-106.
- “’A Passion for the Impossible’: Richard Rorty, John Okada, and James Baldwin.” In The Gift of Story: Narrating Hope in the Postmodern World, eds. Emily Griesinger and Mark Eaton (Waco: Baylor UP, 2006): 171-86.
|2008||Fulbright Senior Scholar, Freiburg University, Freiburg, Germany|
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