“The Sublime and Disability in the Victorian Novel” uses Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility as a foundational text for understanding the disabled body and the sublime in Victorian fiction, especially the works of Dinah Craik and Charles Dickens.
“Demonic Possessiveness: Corporeal Possession in Horror Film” uses Paranormal Activity as a jumping point to theorize about how the body has been used in the horror genre as an incubating site for the power of otherness.
A Literary History of Female Pedophilia is a project that I have been researching since 2009. In it I will track how authors and artists have (and have not) presented female pedophilia for public consumption. My focus is on gender studies as I use this very rich history to grapple with why women continue to resist classification as pedophiles today in Western culture.
Deerfield is a creative novella that follows Navy, a rogue Satanic hero, through his journey of discovering who he is and of his struggle to come to terms with a destiny that he does not necessarily want. Helen Burns helps him to travel back to his formative years at a boy’s school in Deerfield where he must face a past that only comes to him in snippets of journal writing.
The Street Kerrick centers on Kerrick Street, the last street left in America following the apocalyptic narrowing of Blinne Lonan’s world. Blinne is a baker and traveling woman whose passion for living life in the fast lane degenerates as she pumps fantasy through her experiences to such a degree that she finds herself domesticated on an American shoreline, trapped on a small street that she can never leave.
Old-World Living for the New American Life is a joint venture with chef Larry Catterton. The book combines traditional and lost techniques of using the land, preservation without chemicals or store-bought products, and cooking recipes with literary and cultural history of American cookery, gardening, hunting, and foraging.
Several poems including “She is Urban Machinery,” “Auditorium,” and “In Your School” are currently under consideration for the Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize in Calyx journal.