After an early career in the U.K. (graduate studies at Cambridge; teaching at the University of Kent) I came to UNL as a Professor in 2003. I direct the Cather Project – a team of scholars dedicated to editing Cather’s texts, running seminars and other events, and producing Cather Studies. I am the general editor of the Cather Scholarly Edition, a multi-volume, MLA-vetted series of annotated texts.
Here is a site for the Willa Cather Archive at UNL, the major online resource for the study of her work and life.
As well as my work on Cather, I have wide teaching and research interests in American literature. My recent work focuses on the international and transatlantic dimensions of post-war writing. Apostles of Modernity: American Writers in the Age of Development (2008) is a close study of internationalism and writing, a contribution to the study of literature in an accelerating era of globalization and, perhaps, ‘Americanization.’ The book features a swathe of figures, from Malcolm X to Paul Bowles to Pearl Buck to Don DeLillo, and focuses on the fiction and reportage produced by Americans in a decolonized and ‘post-European’ world.
A number of my essays and lectures, on Cather and other Americans, are available online via the ‘Selected Works’ electronic press.
I am currently completing a new book — about Willa Cather, the body, performance, and the movement from late-Victorian to Modernist literary culture. Edinburgh University Press will publish Sensing Willa Cather: The Writer and the Body in Transition in 2019.
I continue to work in other literary-cultural fields. See a new essay, "The surrealist script(s): Bourgeois, Chadwick, Hiller" in Patricia Allmer, ed., Intersections: Women artists/surrealism/modernism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016).
Willa Cather in Context: Progress, Race, Empire (New York: St. Martin’s, 1996).
Twentieth-Century American Women’s Fiction (London: Macmillan, 1999).
Ed., F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Wordsworth edition available only in UK: 2001)
Ed., Willa Cather: Critical Assessments, 4 Volumes (Roberstsbridge, Sussex: Helm Information, 2003)
Ed., Cather Studies 7: Willa Cather as Cultural Icon (Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2007)
Apostles of Modernity: American Writers in the Age of Development (Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2008)
Ed., (with Melissa Homestead), Cather Studies 9: Willa Cather and Modern Cultures (Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2011)
Ed., Willa Cather, My Ántonia (New York: Bedford, 2012)