After an early career in the UK (graduate studies at Cambridge; teaching at the University of Kent), I came to UNL as a Professor in 2003.
My recent work has concentrated on Willa Cather, and also on the international and transatlantic dimensions of post-war US writing. I am also increasingly interested in representations of England and Englishness in contemporary fiction, and am about to begin research in that field. Apostles of Modernity: American Writers in the Age of Development (2008) focuses on fiction and reportage produced by Americans in a decolonized and 'post-European' world. I am completing a study of Willa Cather, Modernism and the ways early twentieth-century American culture represented the body – Sensing Willa Cather: the Writer and the Body in Transition.
A number of my essays and lectures, on Cather and other Americans, are available online via the ‘Selected Works’ electronic press.
Selected Publications and Projects
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)
Ed. Cather Studies 12: Willa Cather and the Arts (Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2020)