- Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1986
I am interested in British Literature and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century, with a special interest in Literature and Science, concentrating on the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century. My last (Yahoo) book was on the figure of the Wild Man in Eighteenth-Century England; my current (Houyhnhnm) project focuses on the origins of the thoroughbred racehorse and what it means to invent an animal. Both projects allow me to explore Nature/Culture hybridity and the origins of Modernity. Emerging from this recent project has been both an increasing interest in the mediating work of Early Modern Georgic in the context of AgriCultural Studies, and the ways in which Karen Barad's agential realism may offer theoretical tools for re-situating a "non-Modern" historical reconsideration of modernity.
"Sporting with Kings," The Cambridge Companion to Horseracing, ed. Rebecca Cassidy (19pp.). Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press.
"'Beware a Bastard Breed': Notes Toward a Revisionist History of the Thoroughbred Racehorse" (29pp.). Forthcoming in Renaissance Horses, edd. Peter Edwards and Elspeth Graham, from Brill, 2011
"Joy and Pity: Reading Animal Bodies in Late Eighteenth-Century Culture," Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 52, no. 1 (2011): 47-67.
"Speciesism and Early Modern Studies" (co-author), Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 52, no. 1 (2011): 87-106.
"Animal Studies and the Ecologies of Post Humanism," Routledge Companion to Literature and Science, ed. Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini, London and New York, 2011: 253-63.
"Noble Brutes: How Eastern Horses Transformed English Culture" (Review) Eighteenth-Century Studies, 43, no. 3 (2010): 405-407.
"The Book that Wrote an Animal," Producing the Eighteenth-Century Book: Writers and Publishers in England, 1650-1800 Ed. by Laura L. Runge and Pat Rogers (University of Delaware Press, 2009): 117-34.
“Nomenclature and the Other Animal,” Humans and Other Animals in Eighteenth-Century British Culture: Representation, Hybridity, Ethics, ed. Frank Palmeri (Ashgate, 2006).
“‘Honest English Breed:’ The Thoroughbred as Cultural Metaphor,” The Culture of the Horse: Status, Discipline, and Identity in the Early Modern World, ed. Karen Raber and Treva Tucker (Palgrave, 2004): 245-72.
“Did Swift Write It cannot Rain, but it Pours?” Swift Studies, 17 (2002): 44-58.
"Sorrels, Bays, and Dapple Greys," Swift Studies, 15 (2000): 110-15.
"Immaculate Mothers and Celibate Fathers: Where are we Going and Where have we Been?" Playing Dolly: Technological Formations, Fantasies and Fictions of Assisted Reproduction, ed. E. Ann Kaplan and Susan Squier (Rutgers UP, 1999): 220-31.
"Gorilla Rhetoric: Family Values in the Mountains," Symploke 4:1-2 (1996): 95-133.