Department of English
Rice University, PhD, 1982
Rice University, MA, 1978
Mount Union College, BA 1972
Research and Teaching Interests
Professional Affiliations and Awards
- Virginia Woolf
- The essay as a literary genre
- Women's literature
- Detective fiction
- 2002 Master Teacher of the Year, Otterbein College
- 1972 Outstanding Senior Woman, Mount Union College
“The great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark...." ~ Virginia Woolf. Personal Bio
Specializations: Modern British Literatures, Virginia Woolf, Appalachian Literatures, the Essay, Reading and Authorship.
Scholarship: My research into Virginia Woolf has often led me into archives and down unexpected paths: nineteenth- and twentieth-century education, the history of feminism, drafts and revisions, reading habits of current students. I co-edited Approaches to Teaching Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (Modern Language Association, 2001) and published editions of letters to Virginia Woolf and the holograph draft of “How Should One Read a Book?” for Woolf Studies Annual. Other work has appeared in Twentieth-Century Literature, Virginia Woolf Miscellany, and several edited collections, most recently Virginia Woolf and the Literary Marketplace. I’m writing a book called “Virginia Woolf’s Apprenticeship: The Education of a Woman Writer.”
Recent or new topical courses: "Magical Realism," "Virginia Woolf," and "The History of the Book."
Senior project interests: Anything to do with modern, postmodern, contemporary British authors, texts, culture; women writers; feminist theory and criticism; Appalachian writing; the essay genre, including memoir; the practice and history of teaching and learning; interdisciplinary approaches.