|Teaching and Research Interests
||My research has tended toward the North American
current of cultural studies so my teaching has as well. I look for
relationships and connections between texts (literature, film,
photography, etc), relations of influence, competition, or symbiosis.
How did a particular work come into being, what conditions contributed
to its creation? What effects does it elicit? How is it linked with
other works, in the same or different media? While my graduate training
concentrated on twentieth-century American literature, my interests
have broadened into the realm of American Studies, a field encouraging
interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches. In recent years I have
taught courses in American culture of the 1950s, in representations of
the Civil War, and an Honors Program seminar focused on the image of
the priest in American culture.
||"'A Spy in the Enemy's Country': Black Like Me as Cold
War Narrative." American Studies
44:3 (Fall 2003) 99-119.
"'Standardizing Catastrophe': Randall Jarrell and the Bomb" in Jarrell, Bishop, Lowell & Co.
Ed. Suzanne Ferguson (University
of Tennessee Press, 2003), 113-125.
Mid-America American Studies Association Conference at the University
Minneapolis, MN, April 15-16,
2005: "Containment in the Cold War South:
Film and History Conference—War in Film, Television, and History,
November 11-14, 2004,
at Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas:
"Marginalizing the Civil War: Ang Lee’s Ride With the