Ph.D., English Literature, University of Washington, January 2012
Dissertation: Animation and Reanimation in the Victorian Gothic
Committee: Marshall Brown, Carolyn Allen, Kathleen Blake, Alison Wylie

MA, English Literature, Clark University, July 2006
Thesis: A Woman in the Water: Distortions of Nineteenth-Century Female Suicide
Committee: Lisa Kasmer, Meredith Neuman, Virginia Mason Vaughn

BA, English Literature, Westfield State College, May 2002


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A Contemporary Allegory: Two Apache Sisters

Dina Polizzi’s first novella Two Apache Sisters and a Texas Gigolo was on my read-list for awhile, not only because Polizzi is my friend and neighbor but due to its marriage of magic, tarot, and its esoteric nature, which all interest me.

Two Apache Sisters struck me immediately as an allegory — the caliber that I haven’t experienced, really, since Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” — due to its penchant for placing big-motif meaning in occult-shaded trinkets and persons. There’s the coin, the many bags and satchels, the star, the green fairy, a shell, an arrowhead, a water bottle, salt, and even the Oriental man who recites philosophical tag lines — each in their own time.
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