My most recent book is called The Phenomenology of Love and Reading . The book 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 suggest that reading literature can strengthen the development of love's habits by engaging us in acts of attention and empathy, and expanding our willingness to be overwhelmed.
The negative implication of the link between reading and intersubjectivity is that if reading can move us toward love, it can also move us toward hate. In an effort to explore the relationship between narratives, empathy, and violence, I have also recently been writing about sympathetic outlaw figures in nineteenth-century literature, and in more recent texts, the contrasts between the portrayal of violence against civilians in literary fiction and in terrorist recruiting narratives. Future projects will include a comparative study of narrative forms used to represent violent acts.
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 publications and Chapters
"Reading Terror: Imagining Violent Acts through the Rational or Narrative Sublime" in Storytelling and Ethics: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts. Edited by Hanna Meretoja and Colin Davis. London & New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
"Love Without Bodies" in Breached Horizons: The Work of Jean-Luc Marion. Edited by Antonio Calcogno and Stephen Lofts. University of Virginia, Forthcoming, 2017.
" Wandering in Fact and Fiction: William Wordsworth and Christopher Thomson " in Teaching Labour Class Literature of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Edited by William Christmas and Kevin Binfield. Modern Language Association, Forthcoming.
" Byron's Cain and Romantic Education " in Romantic Education: Romantic Pedagogies and New Approaches to Teaching Romanticism. Edited by Suzanne Barnett and Katherine Bennett Gustafson. 2016.
"On the Morality of Immoral Fiction: Reading Newgate Novels, 1830-1842" Nineteenth Century Contexts 38.3 (July 2016).
"Sketches and Fragments: John Clare's Tentative Lives" The John Clare Society Journal. 31 (2012).
"Love and Reading: Fugitive Pieces as Idol and Icon" In ntegrite. (Winter 2012).
"Good Reading: An Ethics of Christian Literary Theory" in Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory. Palgrave, 2010.
"Introduction" to Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory . Palgrave, 2010.
"Art and sanctification" in Matter '09: Theology and the Arts. Shechem Press, 2010.
"John Henry Newman and Today's Liberal Arts Community" Modern Language Studies. 36 (2006).
"The Sin of the Ancient Mariner" Lamar Humanities Review. (Spring 2004).
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 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