Areas of Research/Interest:
Contemporary Literary Theory, Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Narrative Poetics, Comparative Literature, Literature and Philosophy, Literature and Psychoanalysis.
- Imaging Excess: Portraits of Pathology from Balzac to Kafka, from Géricault to 'Silence of the Lambs.'(In progress.)
- Bodies in Pieces: Fantastic Narrative and the Poetics of the Fragment. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.
- Histories of Representation, from Visual to Virtual: 19th-Century France and 21st- Century Culture.Edited with Melanie Hawthorne and Alexandra Wettlaufer. (To be submitted this summer to MIT Press.)
Articles, Essays, Reviews
- "The Haunting: Aesthetic Excess and Modernity." Journal of Modern Philology (University of Chicago Press, ed. Richard Strier). (Review Essay, forthcoming)
- "Balancing Acts: French Studies in the Graduate and Undergraduate Classroom." Modern French Literary Studies in the Classroom: Pedagogical Strategies, ed. Charles J. Stivale (2004): 198-207.
- "Medievalism in Flaubert." In A Gustave Flaubert Encyclopedia, ed. Laurence M. Porter (London: Greenwood Press, 2001).
- "Baudelaire and the Poetics of Perversity." In Approaches to Teaching Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, ed. Laurence M. Porter (New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1999): 922-24.
- Review of Barbara Maria Stafford, Artful Science: Enlightenment Entertainment and the Eclipse of Visual Education (MIT Press, 1994), Journal of Modern History 71, no. 4 (1999): 922-24.
- "Silenced by the City: Maupassant's Flâneur and Uneasy Dreams." In Narrative Ironies, eds. Clayton Koelb and Raymond Prier (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1997).
- Review of J. Hillis Miller, Versions of Pygmalion (Harvard UP, 1990), Comparative Literature Studies 29 (1992): 112-116.
- "Divided Selves, Ironic Counterparts: Intertextual Doubling in Baudelaire's 'L'Héautontimorouménos' and Poe's 'The Haunted Palace,'" Comparative Literature Studies 26 (1989): 28-38.
- "From Represented to Literal Space: Fantastic Narrative and the Body in Pieces, L'Esprit créateur 28 (1988): 23-35.
- "The Artist on Trial: Kafka and Josefine, 'die Sängerin," Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaf und Geistesgeschichte 61 (1987): 3-14.
Research Fellowships and Awards
- 2003-2004 Center for the Study of Cultures Research Fellowship, Rice University
- 1992-1993 ACLS Senior Fellowship (American Council of Learned Societies)
- 1988-1990 Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Chicago
- 1987-1988 Chancellor's Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
- 1986-1987 AAUW Fellowship (American Association of University Women)
- 1981-1982 Regents' Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
Teaching Prizes and Related Honors
- 2006 Award for Extraordinary Service to the Rice Faculty Senate
- 2003 Rice Nominee, Carnegie (CASE) U.S. Professor of the Year Award
- 2000 Distinguished Faculty Associate, Wiess College
- 1999 Winner, George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching, Rice University
- 1998 Impact Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women at Rice
- 1996 Winner, George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching, Rice University
- 1994-1996 Named Allison Sarofim Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities at Rice
- 1995 Distinguished Faculty Associate, Wiess College
- 1992 Winner, Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize for Outstanding Teaching, Rice University