Office: LA 133D
Associate Professor; Associate Chair; Graduate Chair
Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:00, Thursdays 9:30 - 11:00, and by appointment.
Field Of Study:
American Literature to WWII; American Women Writers; African American Literature
- African American Women Writers (cross-listed African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies)
- American Literature to 1865
- American Women Writers, 1790-1915 (cross-listed Women and Gender Studies)
- Feminist Literary Theory (cross-listed Women and Gender Studies)
- Regionalism, Realism, and Naturalism
- Nation Stories
- Scribbling Women: Nineteenth Century American Women Writers
- Women Writing about Women Writing
- Maternal Redemption in American Women's Fiction
Ph.D., English, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1999
M.A., English, California State University, Fresno, 1990
B.A., English, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, 1986
Our Sisters’ Keepers: Nineteenth Century Benevolence Literature by American Women. Co-edited with Debra Bernardi.
“Doing it ‘man-fashion’: Gender Performance in Gilman’s Unpunished.” Charlotte Perkins Gilman: New Texts, New Contexts.
"'The Motherless Child in Pauline Hopkins's Of One Blood." Legacy. 25:2 (June 2008): 286-298.
“’A silent partner long enough’: Phelps Rewrites Gaskell’s North and South.” Studies in American Fiction. (Fall 2005) 147-181.
“Everything we hoped she'd be: Contending Forces in Hopkins Scholarship.” African American Review. 38.2 (Summer 2004) 181-199.
“‘Natural’ Divisions: Whiteness and the American New Woman in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.” New Woman Hybridities: Femininity, Feminism, and International Consumer Culture, 1880-1930. Eds. Ann Heilmann and Margaret Beetham. Routledge, 2004. 223-239.
“Kim Williams.” Invited submission for Notable American Women.
“‘A new race of colored women’: Pauline Hopkins at the Colored American Magazine.” In Feminist Forerunners: New Womanism and Feminism in the Early Twentieth Century. Ed. Ann Heilmann.
“’Amazon of Industry’: Maternal Realism in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s What Diantha Did.” Journal for the Association of Research on Mothering. Special Issue on Mothering and Literature, 4:2 (Fall/Winter 2002) 85-98.
“’this was the answer to it’: Sexuality and Maternity in As I Lay Dying,” Mississippi Quarterly, 49:3 (Summer 1996) 393-407.