The Phenomenology of Love and Reading begins with what Jean-Luc Marion calls the erotic reduction - the assertion that love precedes both being and cognition. Accepting Marion's new phenomenological reduction, I investigate its implications for reading literature by offering a phenomenological account of reading in relation to attention and empathy, and the willingness to be overwhelmed.
My new book project, tentatively titled The Reader as Witness: Reading Global Narratives in an Age of Political Violence, analyzes contemporary novels´ constructions of a reader as a witness to events of political violence and considers the ethical responsibility the novels imply in light of the radical other-directedness of Marion and Emmanuel Levinas.
Alongside this, I am working on two special issues - one on "Frankenstein at 200" with Jessica Allen Hanssen for Litteraria Pragensia and one on "Romanticism and Contemporary Literary Theory" for Humanities (cfp: here). The Phenomenology of the Broken Body, a book I edited with Espen Dahl and Thor Eirik Eriksen, is forthcoming from Routledge in December.
The Phenomenology of the Broken Body (ed. With Espen Dahl and Thor Eirik Eriksen). New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2018.
The Phenomenology of Love and Reading . New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.
Literature by the Working Class: English Autobiography, 1820-1848 . Amherst: Cambria, 2013.
Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory ,ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters (last three years)
"Meaning It: Everyday Hermeneutics and the Language of Class in Literary Scholarship" in Working-Class Writing: Theory and Practice. Ed. Ben Clarke and Nick Hubble. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, Forthcoming 2018.
"Wandering in Fact and Fiction: William Wordsworth and Christopher Thomson" in Teaching Labor Class Literature of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Ed. William Christmas and Kevin Binfield. Modern Language Association, Forthcoming 2018.
“Negatively Capable Reading.” Keats's Negative Capability: New Origins and Afterlives. Ed. Brian Rejack and Michael Theune. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, Forthcoming 2018.
“Framing Embodiment in Violent Narratives” in The Phenomenology of the Broken Body. London: Routledge, Forthcoming 2018.
“Taming Wild Readers: Caleb Williams and the Outlaw Tradition” in Transgressive Romanticism. Ed. Larry Peer. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018.
"Byron's Corsair and the Boundaries of Sympathy" Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms. 6(2017).
"Everything is Own: Readers, Freedom and Class" in The Future of Literary Studies. Ed. Jakob Lothe. Oslo: Novus, 2017.
"Reading Terror: Imagining Violent Acts through the Rational or Narrative Sublime" in Storytelling and Ethics: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts. Ed. Hanna Meretoja and Colin Davis. London: Routledge, 2017.
"Love Without Bodies" in Breached Horizons: The Work of Jean-Luc Marion. Ed. Antonio Calcogno and Stephen Lofts. London: Rowan & Littlefield, 2017.
" Byron's Cain and Romantic Education " in Romantic Education: Romantic Pedagogies and New Approaches to Teaching Romanticism. Ed. Suzanne Barnett and Katherine Bennett Gustafson. Romantic Circles. 2016.
"On the Morality of Immoral Fiction: Reading Newgate Novels, 1830-1842" Nineteenth Century Contexts 38.3 (July 2016).
Awards and distinctions
Professor of Distinction, East Texas Baptist University - 2014/2015
Fulbright Professor Award, University of Bergen - 2013/2014
National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar Participant - 2004, 2013
Center for Excellence in the Christian Scholarship Research Award - 2012
East Texas Baptist University's Teaching Innovation Award - 2009
The University of York's Graduate Student Research Grant - 2008
Faculty Mentor Award - Lamar State College - 2003/2004
Faculty Incentive Award - Lamar State College - 2002/2003