Nautical Melodramas, 1820-1850, Editor. London: Routledge/Pickering & Chatto (June, 2019).
An 1150-page, three-volume anthology of 24 Victorian plays, with bibliography, illustrations, general, play, and author introductions, as well as more than 2,500 footnotes. Collection includes works by Thomas Dibden, Edward Fitzball, and Douglas Jerrold, among others.
The plays in included have never appeared in a critical anthology and most have not been republished since their original nineteenth-century editions. Each play is transcribed from the original documents and includes an author biography, a headnote about the play itself, full annotations with brief definitions of unfamiliar vocabulary, and explanatory notes. Comprehensive editorial apparatus details the nineteenth-century imperial, naval, political, and social history relevant to the plays’ nautical themes, as well as discussing nineteenth-century theatre history, melodrama generally, and the nautical melodrama in particular. Contemporary theatre practices — acting, audiences, staging, lighting, special effects — are also examined. An extensive bibliography of primary and secondary texts; a complete index; and contemporary images of the actors, theatres, stage sets, playbills, costumes, and locales have been compiled to aid study further. The appendices include maps of Britain, Europe, and the East and West Indies.
Sailors, Empire, and Identity in British Literature During the Long Nineteenth Century (in progress; manuscript submission invited by Routledge)
Sailors examines representations of mariners in Romantic and Victorian cultural, political, and social contexts. In novels, melodramas, travel narratives, political tracts, and adolescent fiction, mariners reflected and modeled a range of laudable and improper behavior for those destined to take their places in Britain’s imperial system. Along with mariners, Sailors also considers the intersecting roles of slaves and women in creating and distributing imperial wealth and power.
Byron and the Rhetoric of Italian Nationalism: New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
This book examines the British poet’s Continental reputation, particularly his influence on movements of national self-determination. During various nineteenth-century uprisings by the Czechs, French, Germans, Hungarians, Poles, Russians (and, of course, Italians), the words and figure of Byron as a nationalist hero who died fighting to free Greece appeared repeatedly. The work focuses on Byron’s Italian reputation and the symbolism of his life and work to the Risorgimento, the nineteenth-century movement that led to Italian unification and nationhood.
Winner of the International Byron Society’s 2011 Elma Dangerfield Award for “new and original work related to the life, works and times” of Byron, reviews in the academic press and the Times Literary Supplement have proven quite positive. Peter Cochran (Cambridge) called it “A tour-de-force of documentation and analysis” and Clare A. Simmons (The Ohio State University) described it as “a fascinating and expertly-researched addition to our understanding of Byron.” The Wordsworth Circle praised it as “historical and contextual scholarship at its best;” the Italian Quarterly wrote that it combines “careful research and perceptive criticism” and the Byron Journal characterized the book as a “rewarding, well-written and important contribution to Byron studies.”
Articles & Book Chapters:
“The Politics of the Unities: Tragedy and the Risorgimento in Byron and Manzoni.” Byron in Italy. Manchester University Press, 2018. pp. 130-148.
“Tropical Modernism in Joseph Conrad’s Sea Tales.” Tracking the Literature of Tropical Weather: Typhoons, Hurricanes, and Cyclones. Ann Collett, et al, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 67-87.
“The 1848-1849 Revolutions & the Italian Body Politic: Barrett Browning & Clough, Garibaldi & Mazzini.” Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies IX (2008). 63-78.
“Nostromo, Garibaldi, and the Polish Insurrection of 1863.” Beyond the Roots: The Evolution of Conrad’s Ideology & Art. ed. Wieslaw Krajka. Columbia University Press, 2006. (article anthologized in Polish translation, 2014).
“Identity and Difference: The Meaning of Community in Wordsworth’s Early Poetry.” Atenea Revista. 24.2 (December 2004). 147-163.
“Bligh, Christian, Murray, and Napoleon — Byronic Mutiny From London to the South Seas.” Byron Journal. 32.1 (2004). 21-30.
“Walter Scott’s The Pirate: Imperialism, Nationalism, and Bourgeois Values.” Fictions of the Sea. ed. Bernhard Klein. Ashgate Press (2002). 89-103.
“Mary Shelley’s Tales and the Politics of Reform.” Atenea Revista. 21.1-2 (December 2001). 25-32
“Godwin, the Slave Narrative, and the Novel of Reform.” Entre Lineas. I.1 (June 2001). 37-43.
“Wordsworth, Politics, and the Salisbury Plain Poems.” Wordsworth Circle 27.3 (Summer 1996). 166-8.
“Wordsworth and the Naval Mutinies of 1797.” Nineteenth Century Contexts 17.2 (Fall 1994). 204-213.
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