My first book, American Snobs: Transatlantic Novelists and Liberal Education, 1880-1920 (Edinburgh UP, 2021), offers a new account of the political thought of Henry Adams, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. Disambiguating the varied elitisms and racisms of their privileged set, I show how this trio interrogates the Victorian liberalism that flourished in Boston and Cambridge, especially at Harvard University. I'm also at work on several newer projects. My next monograph will investigate the making of the Harvard Classics (1909) and how readers have used them; an article in progress examines the role of white supremacism in one of the foundational texts of American literary history; and finally, I'm also co-editing a volume of James's short stories for the Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James.
Articles and Chapters:
"Edith Wharton's Microscopist and the Science of Language." Forthcoming in The Palgrave Handbook of Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Science.
'American Nervousness: Motherhood and the "Mental Activity of Women" in the Era of Sexual Anarchy.' In Edinburgh Companion to Fin-de-Siècle Literature, Culture and the Arts, edited by Josephine Guy, 361-380. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2018.
'"A Roaring and Discontinuous Universe": Edith Wharton's Modern Hauntings.' In The Routledge Companion to the Ghost Story, edited by Luke Thurston & Scott Brewer, 159-167. London: Routledge, 2018.
'"The Orthodox Creed of the Business World"? Philanthropy and Liberal Individualism in Edith Wharton's The Fruit of the Tree.' In Philanthropic Discourse in Anglo-American Literature, 1850-1920, edited by Frank Q. Christianson and Leslee Thorne-Murphy, 190-210. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2017.
'Mary Augusta Ward's "Perfect Economist" and the Logic of Anti-Suffragism.' ELH 82.4 (Winter 2015): 1213-1238.
'Henry James's Dramas of Cultivation: Liberalism and Democracy in The Bostonians and The Princess Casamassima.' Henry James Review 36.2 (Summer 2015): 177-198.
'"This Immense Expense of Art": George Eliot and John Ruskin on Consumption and the Limits of Sympathy.' Nineteenth-Century Literature 65 (September 2010): 214-245.
Review of The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume Six: The American Novel 1870-1940, eds. Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott. Review of English Studies 66.274 (April 2015): 392-394.
Review of Economic Woman: Demand, Gender, and Narrative Closure in Eliot and Hardy by Deanna K. Kreisel. Hardy Review 15.1 (Spring 2013): 99-102.
Review of Edith Wharton in Context, ed. Laura Rattray. Edith Wharton Review 29.1 (Spring 2013): 33-34.