Associate Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto St. George
Office Phone: 416-946-0355
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 920
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: Wednesdays 4:45pm-5:45pm
Teaching and Research Interests: Eighteenth Century; Early-Modern Comic Literature; The Novel; Henry Fielding; Religion and Blasphemy, 1660-1800.
B.A. Hons (Otago), M.A., Ph.D. (Stanford)
Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2011, paperback 2014).
*Winner of the 2012 Snow Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies. Read more.
"Picaresque and Rogue Fiction," in The Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 1, ed. Thomas Keymer (Oxford University Press, 2017).
“Humour,” in Samuel Richardson in Context, ed. Peter Sabor and Betty A. Schellenberg (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
"Deformity Poems and Other Nasties," Eighteenth-Century Life 41.1 (2017)
"Novels of the 1750s," in The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth-Century Novel, ed. J.A. Downie (Oxford University Press, 2016).
"Tobias Smollett and the Ramble Novel," in The Oxford History of the Novel in English, vol. 2, ed. Karen O'Brien and Peter Garside (Oxford University Press, 2015).
"Fielding's Rape Jokes," Review of English Studies 61.251 (2010).
"Amelia, Sex, and Fielding's Woman Question," in Henry Fielding (1707-1754), ed. Claude Rawson (University of Delaware Press, 2008).
"Joseph Andrews and the Great Laughter Debate," Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 34 (2005).
"Hilarity and Pitilessness in the Mid-Eighteenth Century: English Jestbook Humor," Eighteenth-Century
Studies 37.1 (2003).
Sporting with Sacred Things: Church, Bible, and Blasphemy in the Eighteenth Century