BA (York University, Toronto) PhD (Cornell)
is Professor of English and American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, specializing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature and in the relationship between literature and political philosophy. He is the author of Democracy, Revolution and Monarchism in Early American Literature
(Cambridge, 2002) and Hobbes, Sovereignty and Early American Literature
(Cambridge, 2015). He is currently writing on the politics and aesthetics of protection from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries.Publications
“From Lima to Attica: Benito Cereno, the Nixon Recordings and the Attica Prison Uprising of 1971” (forthcoming in Handsomely Done: Aesthetics, Politics and Media After Melville,
ed. Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2018).
“Sovereignty and Grace: Hobbes and the Puritans,” in The New American Puritan Studies
, ed. Bryce Traister, Cambridge UP, 2017.
“Melville’s Leviathan,” in Melville’s Philosophies
, eds. Branka Arsić and K. L. Evans, London: Bloomsbury, 2017.Hobbes, Sovereignty and Early American Literature
, Cambridge UP, 2015.
Review of Greg Grandin’s Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom and Deception in the New World in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies
, 17.1 (2015): 85-91.
“Does the Declaration of Independence Declare a State of Emergency?” Canadian Review of American Studies
42.1 (2012): 7-20.
“Eighty-Nine Divided by Seventy-Six.” (Review Essay) American Literary History
23.1 (2011): 83-101.
“Homeland Insecurity.” (Review Essay) Early American Literature
“Democratic Terror in ‘My Kinsman, Major Molineux’ and ‘The Man of the Crowd.’ Poe Studie
s 37 (2004): 31-35.
"Humanitarian Intervention and Melville's Benito Cereno
," South Atlantic Quarterly
103:2/3 (2004): 465-488.
"Fiction and Democracy," in Blackwell Companion to American Fiction, 1780-1865
, (2004): 20-30.
"The Library of America's American Revolution," (review essay) Early American Literature
38.1 (2003): 161-70.Democracy, Revolution and Monarchism in Early American Literature
, Cambridge UP, 2002. (Published in paperback, 2009) http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521813396
"Nineteenth-Century American Fiction," in The Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century,
Vol. 1. Ed., Paul Finkelman. New York: Scribners, 2002.
"Constitutional Secrets: Memoirs of Carwin
and the Politics of Concealment," Criticism
39.1 (1997): 89-117. (Reprinted in Norton Critical Edition of Wieland and Memoirs of Carwin
by Charles Brockden Brown, New York: W.W. Norton, 2011.)
"Sleep-Walking Out of the Revolution: Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly
," Eighteenth-Century Studies
29.4 (1996): 413-31.