AboutMy research interests include British modernism and modern poetry; David Jones; Geoffrey Hill; T.S. Eliot; Sylvia Townsend Warner; Louis MacNeice; modernism and national identity; modernism and religion. A native of Toronto, I am currently professor and chair of English at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut.
EducationPh.D. Department of English, University of Toronto, 2001
M.A. Department of English, University of Western Ontario, 1996
B.A. Department of History, University of Western Ontario, 1993
PublicationsPeer Reviewed Book
2007 Making the Past Present: David Jones, the Middle Ages, and Modernism. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
in press “Forgiveness and Form in Geoffrey Hill’s The Triumph of Love.” Literary Imagination.
2018 “David Jones and the Archipelagic Past.” Religion and Literature, 48.1. 121-31.
2017 “Avant-Garde and Orthodoxy at Ditchling.” Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, 69.3 186-97.
2013 “Louis MacNeice’s Irish and Scottish Pasts, 1935-9.” Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, 6.1. 51-72.
2005 “MacDiarmid and Muir: Scottish Modernism and the Nation as Anthropological Site.” The Journal of Modern Literature, 28.4. 135-51.
2004 “Joyce, Vico, and National Narrative.” The James Joyce Quarterly, 41.2. 85-96.
2003 “David Jones, Christopher Dawson, and the Meaning of History.” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 6.3. 68-85.
2002 “Gothic Architecture in the Poetry of David Jones and Geoffrey Hill.” Mosaic: a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 35.5. 181-197.
2001 “‘It is our duty to sing’: Y Gododdin and David Jones’s In Parenthesis.” Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays, 7. 1-15.
2001 “The Undoing of All Things: Malorian Language and Allusion in David Jones’s In Parenthesis.” Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, 53.2. 149-165.
1998 “‘To Heir Quhat I Sould Wryte’: The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy and Scots Oral Culture.” Scottish Literary Journal, 25.2. 9-16.
2017 “‘Some Wayward Art:’ David Jones and the Later Geoffrey Hill.” David Jones: Christian Modernist? Ed. Jamie Callison, Anna Johnson, and Erik Tonning. Leiden. 153-66.
2014 “T.S. Eliot’s Christian Sociology and the Problem of Nationalism.” T. S. Eliot and Christian Tradition, ed. Benjamin Lockerd. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 207-15.
2014 “David Jones: In Parenthesis.” The Literary Encyclopedia. Online.
2009 “Hugh MacDiarmid: ‘To Circumjack Cencrastus.’” The Literary Encyclopedia. Online.
2002 “Pierre Reverdy.” Modern French Poets: Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 258. Ed. Jean-François Leroux. Farmington Hills: Gale. 366-73.
2017 Review of G. Douglas Atkins, T.S. Eliot and the Fulfillment of Christian Poetics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Time Present: The Newsletter of the T. S. Eliot Society, 91. 6, 11.
2016 Review of Patrick R. Query, Ritual and the Idea of Europe in Interwar Writing. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. Religion and Literature, 47.1. 266-8.
2014 Review of Bob Purdie, Hugh MacDiarmid: Black, Green, Red, and Tartan. Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2012. Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies. Online.
2009 Review of Patricia E. Chu, Race, Nationalism and the State in British and American Modernism. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006). Time Present: The Newsletter of the T. S. Eliot Society, 68. 5-6.
2016 “Images of Making in the Poetry of David Jones.” David Jones: Culture and Artifice: A Collection of Essays, Flashpoint, 18.
ProjectsMy current book-length project, Mapping the Isles in British Modernism, explores the relationship between modernism and cultural identity in Britain, specifically looking at how modernist writing maps particular regions in their wider national contexts. The project includes chapters on T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Anglo-Irish poet Louis MacNeice, Scottish poets Hugh MacDiarmid and Edwin Muir, and Anglo-Welsh poet David Jones. Taking an archipelagic perspective, I show how these writers variously employ modernist technique to question imperialist, anglocentric, or patriarchal versions of British identity.
Upcoming Talks and Conferences2018 “Archipelagic Eliot: Reimagining Britain in ‘Landscapes’ and the Critical Prose” Annual T.S. Eliot Society Meeting, Atlanta, GA, September 21-22.
2018 “Valediction in the Later Songs of Leonard Cohen.” Association of Literary Scholars,Critics, and Writers Conference, Nashville, TN, November 1-4.
MembershipsAmerican Comparative Literature Association
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
David Jones Society
Modern Language Association
Modernist Studies Association
Northeastern Modern Language Association
Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
T.S. Eliot Society