I received my B.A. from Stanford University and my Ph.D. from Yale University, where I taught before coming to Vanderbilt in 1994. Currently I am Professor of English and teach graduate and undergraduate courses on Anglo-American modernism, modernist culture, twentieth-century British literature, and literary theory. I served as President of the Modernist Studies Association (MSA) in 2004-5 and in 2006 ran the MSA Book Prize.
My first book, Joseph Conrad and the Fictions of Skepticism, was published by Stanford University Press in 1990. I've also edited two books on Joyce: James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man": A Casebook (Oxford 2003) and Joyce and the Subject of History (co-editor with Victor Luftig and Robert Spoo, Michigan 1996). My articles on Joyce, Woolf, Conrad and others have appeared in journals such as Modernism / Modernity, Modern Language Quarterly, English Literary History, and James Joyce Quarterly.
My latest monograph, Modernism, Media, and Propaganda: British Narrative from 1900 to 1945, was published by Princeton University Press in December 2006 (paperback. 2008) and is currently being translated into Chinese for distribution on the mainland. More recently I edited, with the assistance of Matt Eatough, the Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms (2012; paperback 2013), a collection of essays on global modernisms. I’m also working on a monograph about the roles particular literary modernists (Conrad, Joyce, and Lawrence, among others) have played in formation of modernism and postcolonial studies as fields. I am also founding co-editor, with Kevin Dettmar, of Modernist Literature & Culture, a book series from Oxford University Press
Modernism, Media, and Propaganda: British Narrative from 1900 to 1945 (Princeton UP 2006)
Joseph Conrad and the Fictions of Skepticism (Stanford UP 1990)
Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms (Oxford UP, 2012; paperback 2013)
James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man": A Casebook (Oxford UP, 2003)
Joyce and the Subject of History (co-edited with Victor Luftig and Robert Spoo, Michigan UP, 1996)
“Reframing Modernism: the Corporation, the University, and the Cold War." Affirmations: Of the Modern 3:1 (2015): 49-77
"Reading Ngugi Reading Conrad: Modernism, Colonialism, and the Emergence of the Postcolonial.” Modernism, Postcolonialism, Globalism. Ed. Richard Begam and Michael Moses. Forthcoming from Oxford Univ. Press.
“Modernism Under Review: Matei Calinescu's Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism." Modernist Cultures 8.2 (2013): 163-178.
“Propaganda and Pleasure: from Kracauer to Joyce.” In The Oxford Handbook of Propaganda, ed. Jonathan Auerbach and Russ Castronovo (2013)
“D. H. Lawrence and the Technological Image: Modernism, Reference, and Abstraction in Women in Love.” English Language Notes 51.1 (Spring/Summer 2013): 75-92.
“Modernism Under Review: Matei Calinescu’s Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism.” Modernist Cultures. Forthcoming, Fall 2013.
“Richardson, Woolf, Lawrence: The Modernist Novel's Experiments with Narrative (I),” The Cambridge History of the English Novel, ed. Clement C. Hawes and Robert L. Caserio. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011.
“The Global/Comparative Turn in Modernist Studies: Two Points Bearing on Praxis.” English Language Notes 49.1 (Spring/Summer 2011); special issue on Transnational Exchange.
“Where and When is Modernism: Editing on a Global Scale,” Kritica Kultura16 (February 2011): 5-14.