Academic Publications

While I work primarily on the novel and realism (especially in the 19th and 20th centuries and mostly in western European contexts), some of my work and interests have led me into investigations of political aesthetics in drama and poetry, too. Below is a list of publications and ongoing projects.


The Aesthetics of Clarity and Confusion: Literature and Engagement since Nietzsche and the Naturalists, for Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature series (Palgrave, forthcoming 2016)

See at: Palgrave ::

Realism’s Empire: Empiricism and Enchantment in the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Ohio State UP, 2009)

See at: Ohio State UP ::
Reviewed in: Victorian Studies 53.1; Comparative Literature 64.2; German Quarterly 84.1; Nineteenth-Century French Studies 39.3/4; Choice Feb. 2010.
Chapter 6, on Anthony Trollope, “Global London and The Way We Live Now,” reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, vol. 274. Gale, 2013. 329-41. Print.

Realism’s Others, ed., with Eva Aldea (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010)

See at: Cambridge Scholars ::

Books in Progress:

Critique of Judgment: Belief in Evidence in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Articles and Book Chapters:

“‘I know the man’: Evidence, Belief, and Character in Victorian Fiction,” special issue of Genre on “Narrative against Data,” co-edited by Adam Grener and Jesse Rosenthal, forthcoming 2017

“Preachers, Gangsters, Pranksters: MC Solaar and Hip-Hop as Overt and Covert Revolt.” The Journal of Popular Culture 44.2 (2011): 233-255.

“Making a Spectacle of Ourselves: The Unpolitical Ending of Thomas Mann’s Mario und der Zauberer.” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 45.4 (2009): 353-68.

 Reprinted in Short Story Criticism, vol. 172. Gale, 2013. 244-253. Print.

“The Limits of Sympathy: J.M. Coetzee’s Evolving Ethics of Engagement.” ARIEL 36.1-2 (2005, special issue on Postcoloniality and Politics): 27-49.

“Empiricism and Empire: Orientalist Antiquing in Balzac’s Peau de chagrin.” Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature 51 (2003-04): 167-74.

“Pressing Engagement: Sartre’s Littérature, Beauvoir’s Literature, and the Lingering Uncertainty of Literary Activism.” Dalhousie French Studies 63 (2003): 70-85.

“Nietzsche, Artaud, and Tragic Politics.” Comparative Literature 55.1 (2003): 1-23.

Reprinted in Nietzsche and the Rebirth of the Tragic. Ed. Mary Ann Frese Witt. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2007. 159-85.

“Other Capital: Investment, Return, Alterity and The Merchant of Venice.” The Upstart Crow 22 (2002, special issue on “Shakespeare and the Market”): 21-37.

“The Predication of Violence, the Violence of Predication: Reconstructing Hiroshima with Duras and Resnais.” Dialectical Anthropology 24:3/4 (1999): 387-406.


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Associate Professor of Literature :: Yale-NUS College

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