Research Interests: Victorian Literature and Culture, crime/detective fiction, Victorian periodicals, Victorian literature of empire, the history of the novel, contemporary female detective fiction.
Theory Group Field Specialization: Feminist Theory and Women's Writings|Literary History, Criticism, and Theory|Postcolonial Literature and Theory
DETECTING THE NATION: FICTIONS OF DETECTION AND THE IMPERIAL VENTURE (Ohio State, 2004)
Works in Progress:
SERIAL NATION: IN AND AROUND THE VICTORIAN NOVEL rethinks ideas about the relationship between literary form, national identity and public space by examining fiction serialized by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell, with a particular emphasis on works originally published in Dickens¹s weekly journals.
Nancy Drew, DRAGON TATTOO, and the Future of the Female Dick forthcoming in TEXTUS.
Bad Angel in VEXED BY THE VICTORIANS, ed. Leslie Haynsworth and Maria LaMonaca.
How I Found England: The Detective Narratives of Burton and Stanley, forthcoming in NINETEENTH CENTURY STUDIES, volume 26.
When Sincerity is not Enough: ŒDrood, DROOD, and Victorian Camp in VICTORIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE, volume 42.1.
Household Style: Dickens Edits a Nation, ENGLISH 62 (March 2013): 22-46.
The Novel¹s Mobile Home. NOVEL 43:1 (Spring 2010): 72-77.
Bad Cop/Good Cop: Godwin, Mill and the Imperial Origins of the English Detective. NOVEL 33.2 (Spring 2000): 175-195.
Colonial Gwilt: In and Around Wilkie Collins's ARMADALE. VICTORIAN PERIODICALS REVIEW 33:1 (Spring 2000): 92-103.
Do We Need Another Hero? Barbara Neely's Other Hero, in MULTICULTURAL DETECTIVE FICTION: MURDER FROM THE ŒOTHER¹ SIDE, ed. Adrienne Gosselin (Garland Press, 1998): 213-234.