I was born and raised in San Antonio, and although I never expected to find myself living in my hometown as an adult, I'm so glad to be a part of Trinity, where I attended countless events and, believe it or not, I won my first debate tournament in 1992.
“Where Pastime Only Had Been Sought: Wordsworth at the Ballet” in European Romantic Review 26.2; 2015.
“Energy Like Life: Byron and Ballet” in Byron Journal 42.2; 2014.
“The Progress of Vegetation: Subversion and Vegetarianism in Mansfield Park” in Critical Plant Studies: Philosophy, Literature, Culture, ed. Randy Laist; Rodopi Press, 2013.
Poetics of Luxury in the Nineteenth Century: Keats, Tennyson, and Hopkins; Ashgate, 2011
“Good(s) Sonnets: Hopkins’s Moral Materiality” in Hopkins Quarterly 38.1-2; 2011.
"Pleasure in an Age of Talkers: Recontextualizing Keats' Material Sublime" in Romanticism and Pleasure: Disciplined Delights in British Literary Culture, 1780–1830, eds. Michelle Faubert and Thomas Schmid; Palgrave, 2010.
"So You'll See Who I Am: Inventory and Identity in Woman Hollering Creek" in Dialogues: Sandra Cisneros' Woman Hollering Creek, ed. Cecilia Donohue. Rodopi Press, 2010.
"Wherewith They Weave a Paradise: Keats and the Luscious Poem" in Romanticism on the Net: An International Refereed Journal Devoted to Romantic Studies 45; 2007.
"Justice in Epistolary Matters: Revised Rights and Deconstructed Duties in Austen's Lady Susan" in Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line 27.1; 2006.
"Unknown to Fortune: The Reinvention of Inheritance in Gray's 'Elegy'" in Augustan Studies 1;2002.
Since joining the faculty in 2005, I have studied the relationship between English poetry and nineteenth-century culture, especially material culture. My first book, Poetics of Luxury in the Nineteenth Century: Keats, Tennyson, and Hopkins, described the birth and development of what I term the luscious poem--a nineteenth-century lyric subgenre that represents, both formally and thematically, the marriage of luxury to enclosure. At present, I’m completing a book that examines the influence of nineteenth-century ballet and balletic culture on the themes and forms of William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I'm a formalist at heart; I most enjoy studying poetic forms and structures, and I particularly enjoy "unpacking" poems with students. We live in language, and to practice careful, critical reading-- whether the text in question is a poem, a novel, a newspaper article, or an advertisement--is, I think, to become a stronger thinker, a better citizen, and a generally wiser human being.
British Romantic poetry
Nineteenth-century literary medievalism and Orientalism
Lyric form and tradition
Single-author seminars in Jane Austen and John Keats