Ph.D. University of
Wisconsin - Milwaukee English (Modern
Studies) Dissertation Chair: Herbert Blau
Pennsylvania State University B.A. San Francisco State
Book project: Translating
Catastrophe: Aesthetics, Performance,
The project investigates the aesthetic dimensions of
calling forth the past, in particular of conjuring a history that in its
catastrophic force has changed the very conditions through
which it might be apprehended. Building on the thought of critical thinkers such as Theodor Adorno, Jacques Ranciere and Herbert Blau, each chapter of the book pairs two
authors where one has figuratively, and sometimes literally,
translated a predecessor, often intensifying or challenging the
possibilities of the historical imagination at work in the
"original," fulfilling, perhaps, the implications discovered in the founding
thought. Authors placed in relation are: Walter Benjamin and W. G.
Sebald, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht and Heiner
Mueller, and Edmond Jabes and Paul
Papers and Articles
"Trials of History, Scenes of Judgment." Law and Literature. Forthcoming.
"'With All Malice':The Testimonial Objectives of Charles Reznikoff."American
Literary History 26.1 (2014): 110-131.
"A Double-Negation: Allegory and the Re-inscription of Human Rights." Tijdschrift Frame 27.1 (2014) 27-45.
"Writing toward Death." In Death in Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. New York: Greenhaven, 2014.
Review of After Representation? The Holocaust, Literature, and Culture. Edited by R. Clifton Spargo and
Robert M. Ehrenreich (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2010). JMMLA Fall (2012).
"Rhetoric, Rights, and the
Boundaries of Recognition: Making Darfur Public." The World and Darfur:
International Responses to Crimes Against Humanity in Western
Sudan Ed. Amanda Grzyb. Montreal: McGill-Queen's
University Press, 2009. 254-79.
of That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity by James
Dawes (Cambridge MA: Harvard UP, 2007) in the special issue ("Human Rights
and Literary Forms") of Comparative Literature Studies 46:1 (2009)
Review of Teaching Holocaust Literature and Film, eds.
Robert Eaglestone and Barry Langford (Hampshire, UK: Palgrave,
2008) in Holocaust Studies: A Journal
of Culture and History 14:2 (2009) 132-34.
Objectives: History, Language, and the Ends of Poetry." The American Literature
Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. May
Mourning: Daniel Libeskind's Memorial Architecture." (Im)permanence: Cultures In/Out of Time.
Eds. Judith Schachter and Stephen Brockmann. Carnegie Mellon
University Center for Art in Society. State College, PA:
Penn State UP (2008)
98-108. Review, with E.
Summerson Carr, of Accelerating Possession: Global Futures
of Property and Personhood. Eds. Bill Maurer and Gabrielle Schwab (Columbia UP,
2006) in American Anthropologist 109:2 (2007) 400-01.
"Signs of Catastrophe: Remnants of Writing in Auster's Holocaust," The American Literature
Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 2006.
Dissonance (if you are interested) by Rosmarie Waldrop (U of
Alabama P, 2005), M/MLA Journal 39:2 (2006) 180-81.
"Seeing Nothing: Allegory and the Holocaust's
Absent Dead," SubStance 35.2 (2006) 51-70.
"Translations of Solitude: Auster, Mallarme, and the Poetic Tomb." The American Literature
Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. 2005.
"Terror at the Edge of History: Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Muller." The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 18:2 (2004) 95-114.
Hebrew Studies: The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory Readings include Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem
and Sarah Kofman's Rue Ordener, Rue Labat. Further
critical readings from Sigmund Freud, Geoffrey Hartman, Alice Y Kaplan,
Saul Friedlander, Joan Wolf, Theodor Adorno, Jurgen Habermas, Timothy
Snyder, Konrad Jarusch and Michael Geyer, Primo Levi, Daniel
Libeskind, as well as from W. G. Sebald and films by Claude Lanzmann,
Alain Resnais, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Rony Brauman and Eyal
Readings from Plato, Jack Goody
and Ian Watt, Walter Ong, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Jan Assmann, Don Kulick, James Paul Gee, Mary
Louise Pratt, James Baldwin, Jacques Ranciere, Don H. Bialostosky, and Paulo Freire.
Freshman Seminar, English: "Clues"
Man has been a hunter for
thousands of years. In the course of countless chases he learned
to reconstruct the shapes movements of his invisible prey from tracks
on the ground, broken branches, excrement, tufts of hair, entangled
feathers, stagnating odors. He learned to sniff out, record, interpret,
and classify such infinitesimal traces as trails of spittle. He learned
how to execute complex mental operations with lightning speed, in the
depth of a forest or in a prairie with its hidden dangers.
--Carlo Ginzburg, "Clues: Roots of an Evidential
Readings from Sigmund Freud, Louis Marin, E. A. Poe, Arthur
Conan Doyle, Dashiell Hammett, and Paul Auster. Films: The
Maltese Falcon, Chinatown, Memento,
Who the *$&% is Jackson Pollock? and selections
from The Wire.
Introduction to English
Readings from James
Baldwin, Raymond Carver, J. M. Coetzee, Edwidge Danticat, Zora Neale
Hurston, C. L. R. James, Michael Ondaatje, Joe Sacco, and Anna Deavere
Smith. Critical readings from: Linda Alcoff, Stuart Hall, Henry Giroux,
Edward Said, and Raymond Williams.
Studies in Theory and Criticism: Performance
Readings from J. L. Austin,
Herbert Blau, Bertolt Brecht, Judith Butler, Michel de Certeau,
Paul Connerton, Jacques Derrida, Sue Ellen-Case, Erving Goffman,
Shannon Jackson, and Pierre Nora, and Joseph
Freshman Seminar, English: "Secrets
Readings from Joseph Conrad,
Paul Auster, Sam Shepard, Annette Kuhn, Susan Griffin, as well as the
films, The Fog of War, Smoke, and Paris,