Lecturer at Stanford's Program in Writing and Rhetoric
I work on aesthetics and form, and the ways literature, visual art, and science converge around these topics, in British literature and culture of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. My book project, _Ornamental Form in the Victorian Novel_, considers the many and varied ways decorative art contributed to the form and representational logic Victorian and modernist novels -- from George Eliot's Middlemarch and Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, to Algernon Charles Swinburne's Lesbia Brandon and D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow. I am also interested in color, the queer ecologies developed by Victorian and modernist poets and novelists, and the way multigenerational bildungsromans modulate characters' complexity across the generations they depict.
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