Distinguished Professor, Graduate School. English
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University.
Campus Affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center
Research Interests: Milton, Milton's modernity, twentieth- and twenty-first century reincarnations of his last poems; the Romantics (with special interest in Blake); the Bible and literature, especially biblical hermeneutics, the prophetic books (particularly The Book of Revelation), and apocalypticism; the visionary tradition; theories of influence; reception theory; gay and lesbian literature and queer theory; feminist criticism and theory; narratology.
Theory Group Field Specialization: Gay/Lesbian/Queer Literature and Theory
Chronological Period Specialization: Renaissance/Early Modern Literature|Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature|The Romantic Movement
- Shifting Contexts: Reinterpreting "Samson Agonistes" (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2003).
Feminist Milton (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987). Pp. xxiii + 173.
Interpreting "Samson Agonistes" (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986). Pp. xxx. + 394. [WINNER OF THE JAMES HOLLY HANFORD AWARD presented by the Milton Society of America, December, 1987]
"Image of that Horror": History, Prophecy, and Apocalypse in "King Lear" (San Marino: Huntington Library, 1984). Pp. xiv. + 185. 3 illus.
Visionary Poetics: Milton's Tradition and His Legacy (San Marino: Huntington Library, 1979). Pp. xxv + 324. 13 illus.
Angel of Apocalypse: Blake's Idea of Milton (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1975). Pp. xxiii + 332. 45 illus.