Eighteenth Century Literature; Gender and Sexuality
“I currently focus on two areas: creative non-fiction and women writers in the Restoration and eighteenth century, bringing to both an emphasis on narrative: how we write it, read it, connect to it and analyze it. In all my creative writing classes, but especially those in creative non-fiction, I emphasize that we are learning to master a set of skills needed to shape disorderly materials into compelling narratives. In my women writers classes, I see the eighteenth century as the time when the modern world that students take for granted was put in place, displacing very slowly a pre-modern set of beliefs and practices that we can still find in much of the non-European world. I believe that distinguishing modernity from pre-and-post-modernity helps students to understand not only the past but the present.”
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- "Charlotte Smith's Subversive Gothic."
Feminist Studies 3.3/4, Spring - Summer, 1976. 51-55
- "Paradise Lost: The Limits of Domesticity in the Nineteenth-Century Novel."
Feminist Studies 2. 2/3, 1975. 55-63
- "The Function of Northrop Frye at the Present Time."
College English 31.6, Mar., 1970. 541-547
- Principles of Literary Study
- The Gothic Novel
- Eighteenth-Century Women Writers
- Women Writers and the Rise of the Novel
- Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
- Twentieth-Century Women Writers
- Autobiography By Women
- Romance as a Genre
- Creative Writing
PhD, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
MFA, New School for Social Research
BA, Columbia University