I have taught at Penn State since 1977. I started academic life as a medievalist (OE, ME, ON) but gravitated to contemporary. I'm particularly interested in narrative, fantasy, and mythological elements in contemporary fiction. I am deeply concerned with teaching graduate students how to publish successfully, and continue to seek ways of helping them gain professional expertise. Helping PhD job hunters deal with the job market is my other main concern; I study the market and try to come up with new wrinkles that will help our candidates stand out and be favorably noticed.
Areas of Specialization
- American Literature After 1900
- My interest lies in writers since 1960. My most recent book was on Aggressive American Fiction, and the one I'm currently working on concerns contemporary uses of mythology.
- Contemporary Literature
Authors I have worked in include Acker, Brautigan, Burroughs, Coover, Gaiman, Kennedy, Powers, Pynchon, Reed, Rushdie, Vizenor, Vonnegut, and Wideman.