My research draws on comparatist approaches to knowledge, often focusing directly on interdisciplinary relations, especially as they bear on conceptions of subjectivity, psychic life, and Otherness. For example, in my recent book, Cinema, Technologies of Visibility, and the Reanimation of Desire (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), I consider cinema’s relation to scientific/medical visual culture, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and sexuality studies and show how (in films such as The Ring, American Beauty, and The Elephant Man) conceptions of psychic (re)animation remain interwoven with notions of cinematic motion, and emerge, embedded, in narratives of relations among analog and digital arts/technologies. My editorial work also reflects my concern for exploring cross-disciplinary study and for resisting rigid partitioning of diverse fields of knowledge. I am co-editor of the Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature (, an electronic scholarly journal founded with a Mellon grant and now indexed, among other places, in the MLA’s International Bibliography and EBSCO.

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Interpretive Strategies

Addressing issues and questions specific to literary and cultural analysis and in the process exploring various interpretive strategies through which ideas of the literary and of literary study are engaged. The content and perspective of this course will vary according to instructor. Students will read primary theoretical texts, and will write about how theories of literature might inform ways of reading prose, poetry, drama, and/or film. By the end of the term, students should have a sense of how over the years critical debate has shaped the many practices of reading literature.


Visual Med/Sci Culture

Examining the intertwined ways in which scientific/medical imaging (such as X-ray, MRI, and PET scans) and popular forms of visual culture (film, fine art, novels) conceive of and display the body's surface and interior. Exploring the role that medical/scientific forms of visual culture play in constructing notions of gender, sexuality, disability, race.


Stardom and Identity

Exploring the historical development of the Hollywood star system and the complex role stars play in American film and culture. Focusing on representative classic and contemporary film 147stars,148157 and analyzing how stars are produced by the studio system and its remnants in the contemporary Hollywood dream factory and remade in the cultural imaginary.


Screening Film Noir

Examination of distinctive stylistic and thematic features of film noir as it emerged in its classic period and as it returns in contemporary American cinema. The course will also consider the ?noir anxiety? that emerges around identity as it relates to historical trauma, sexual roles, race and ethnicity ? and do so with an eye toward assessing the critical social commentary offered by both classic and contemporary noir cinema.


Film Analysis

Exploration of the fundamentals of film form151narrative construction in the Hollywood system as well as non-narrative formal systems (documentary, abstract and avant-garde film). Includes examination of the fundamentals of film style (mise-en-sc232ne, cinematography, editing, sound) and attention to the relationships between the literary and filmic texts.


Literary Feminisms

Women's literature in English as a distinct tradition, from the perspective of feminist literary theory and criticism. Structured as a historical and thematic survey of issues in the field; the writers and theorists studied will vary.


Critical and Cultural Theory

Introduction to theoretical approaches to literature such as psychoanalysis, deconstruction, feminism, and postcolonial studies. Consideration of the ethics and politics of interpretation, the assumptions and practices informing theoretical work, and the relation between literature and theory. Readings include works of fiction, film, and texts by theorists such as Freud, Lacan, Kristeva, Zizek, Derrida, de Man, Butler, Cixous, Spivak, Bhabha.


Senior Seminar in English

Course topic changes with each offering.


Reading Film

Distinctive ways that film conveys and generates meaning. Tools to critically analyze films by examining the basics of film form, style (mise-en-scene, camera angle and movement, editing, and sound), and genre. The course also will explore the characteristic features of -- as well as alternatives to -- the classical Hollywood style


Alien Visions

In this writing seminar we will explore literary, visual, and critical texts that offer varying representations of the alien." For a number of writers and artists


Introduction to Queer Theory

Study of Foucault, Butler, Sedgwick, Anzaldua, Edelman, Mercer and Ferguson among others to understand what it means to say that sexuality has a history and that it is socially constructed. Topics include the ways queer theory problematizes the connections among sex, gender, and sexuality; modern lesbian, gay, and transgendered movements; and anti-identitarian alternatives to normative sexual regimes.

Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College
B.A., English
Villanova University
B.A., Honors
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