Projects

ARTICLE PROJECTS

“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.

ACADEMIC BOOK PROJECTS


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.

FICTION PROJECTS 


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.

OTHER PROJECTS

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.

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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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