Associate Professor — Ph.D., 1995, University of Chicago
Books & Editions
Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity (Johns Hopkins University Press 2012).
Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Reprinted: April 2004. Paperback: November 2008. Prize: SHARP Book History Prize.
The Annotations in Lady Bradshaigh’s Copy of Clarissa, with the editorial collaboration of Gordon Fulton, ELS Monograph Series, No. 76 (Victoria, 1998). 144 pgs.
Volume 1 (1700-1735) of Eighteenth-Century British Erotica Set II, 5 vols., gen. eds. Alexander Pettit and Patrick Spedding (Pickering & Chatto, 2004). 523 pgs.
Recent Articles & Chapters
“A Big Name: Jane Austen and the Wentworths,” in Wentworth Castle and Georgian Political Gardening, ed. Patrick Eyres (Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust, Yorkshire, Aug. 2012), 161-175.
“Digitally Reconstructing the Reynolds Retrospective Attended by Jane Austen in 1813: A Report on e-Work-in-progress,” Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830 (March 2012).
“The Real Bluebeard of Bath: A Historical Model for Northanger Abbey,” Persuasions 32 (2010): 115-134.
“Artistic Names in Austen’s Fiction: Cameo Appearances by Prominent Painters,” Persuasions 31 (2009): 145-162.
“Hell-Fire Jane: Austen and the Dashwoods of West Wycombe,” Eighteenth-Century Life 33.3 (Fall 2009): 1-36. Reprinted as “Dashwood Celebrity” in Sensibilities (Feb 2011), journal of the Jane Austen Society of Australia.
“Mapping Northanger Abbey: Or, Why Austen’s Bath of 1803 Resembles Joyce’s Dublin of 1904,” Review of English Studies, New Series, 60.245 (June 2009): 431-59. Distinction: RES “Editor’s Choice”
“Mrs. Gaskell’s North and South: Austen’s Early Legacy,” Persuasions 30 (2008): 53-66.
“Very Austen: Accounting for the Language of Emma,” Nineteenth-Century Literature 62.3 (Dec 2007): 303-338.
“What Jane Saw,” a website supported by a grant from LAITS. This site reconstructs the museum exhibit of 141 paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds that Jane Austen attended on 24 May 1813. Site launches 24 May 2013—the 200th anniversary of the original event.
Essay in Popular Press
“The 200-Year Jane Austen Book Club: two centuries of cover designs say a lot about the cultural reach of Pride and Prejudice,” New York Times Book Review (17 Feb 2013), back page essay, 27.
Some Relevant Blogposts
- Humanities Research Award, University of Texas ($15,000 over 3 years; 2010-2013)
- American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship (2007-2008)
- Alpha of Texas Award for Distinction in Teaching, from Phi Beta Kappa Society of University of Texas (May 2005)
- Katherine Pantzer Fellowship in the British Book Trades, Bibliographical Society of America (March 2005)
- Prize for "Best Book of 2003" from Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), awarded for Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel
- Newberry Library/ASECS Short-Term Fellowship (Jan-March 1997)
- Bibliographical Society of America Fellowship (1996)
Recent Talks and Lectures
“Naming Names in Pride and Prejudice,” Plenary speaker at AGM of Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), Minneapolis – scheduled for Sept 2013 See: http://jasna.org/agms/minneapolis/plenary.html
“Has Jane Austen Jumped the Shark?” (roundtable), American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Cleveland -- April 2013
“What Jane Saw,” University of Michigan (18thC Group), Ann Arbor -- March 2013
“What Jane Austen Saw at the Reynolds Retrospective in London,” Jane Austen Society of Australia (JASA), Sydney -- 18 Feb 2012
“Jane Austen between the Covers,” The Centre for the Book, Univ of Otago, Dunedin --30 Jan 2012
“Dashwood Celebrity,” JASA, Sydney -- 2 July 2011
“What Jane Saw: Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1813,” David Nicol Smith Conference, Melbourne, Australia -- July 2011
“The Abnormally Interesting Wentworths,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Vancouver -- March 2011
“The Real Bluebeard of Bath: a historical model for Northanger Abbey,” Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), Portland, OR -- October 2010
“A Big Name: Austen and the Wentworths,” Wentworth Castle, Yorkshire – 7 August 2010
“’Real Solemn History’ in Austen’s Northanger Abbey, A. K. Smith Visiting Scholar Lecture, Trinity College, CT -- 25 Feb 2010
Editorial Board of The Eighteenth-Century Novel since 2003.
Advisory Board of Eighteenth-Century Studies (term 1 July 2011- 30 June 2014).
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