My current project, “Persecution and the Novel: Religious Difference in the Age of Reason,” links religious law and tolerationist thought with the development of British fiction in the long eighteenth century. I argue that the development of the novel form was directly influenced by England’s unsettled and bloody history of inter-religious conflict.
Awards and Honors
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2012-2013
My research interests include the novel, religion and literature, eighteenth century literature, enlightenment thought, transatlantic literature, travel literature, and the digital humanities.
- World Literature
- Expository Writing
- British Literature to 1800
- Critical Theory
- Shakespeare on Film
“‘Piety and Popishness’: Toleration and the Epistolary Reaction to Samuel Richardson’s Sir Charles Grandison,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 25.3 (2013): 512-531.
“‘A Prodigious Execution’: The Confessional Politics of Robert Paltock’s Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins,” Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, 3 (2012): 229-248
Lectures & Presentations
Colloquium Co-Chair and Organizer with Samara Cahill, “New Approachs to Richardson.” ASECS Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia, April, 2014
Colloquium Co-Chair and Organizer with Laura Stevens, “Religious Toleration in the Eighteenth Century.” ASECS Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, April, 2013
“Selecting the (con) Text: Or, Which Richardson Are You Teaching?” Samuel Richardson Society-American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, April, 2013
“Sir Charles Grandison and the Post-Jacobite Novel.” ASECS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, March, 2011
“Re-imagining Monmouth: Flying Catholics and the Specter of Jacobitism in Robert Paltock’s The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins.” South Central Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, November, 2010
“Latitudinarian Doctrine and Character in Fielding’s Amelia.” Canadian Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec, October, 2008
“Fielding’s Moral Aesthetic: Analogues, Precursors, and Implications.” ASECS Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, March, 2008
“Repatterning the Loom of Life: Social Reform in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century.” ASECS Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, March, 2007