English, Johns Hopkins University
Professor, English/Visual and Cultural Studies
Chair, English Department
404D Morey Hall
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
- 19th- and 20th-century American literature
- critical theory, and cultural studies
- problematics of national identities in American literature and culture
- contemporary relations between academic intellectuals and democratic politics
- the complex interrelations between the reading of literature
- the demands of ethics, and the problems of historical knowledge
- Articles: “The American Novel and Early Cinema” (forthcoming); “Posmodernism” (encyclopedia article—forthcoming).
- Book MS in Progress: “Modern Poetry in Nineteenth-Century America: Poe, Whitman, Dickinson and Death.”
- Identity and the Failure of America from Thomas Jefferson to the War on Terror. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.
- Anxious Intellects: Academic Professionals, Public Intellectuals, and Enlightenment Values. Durham, N. C.: Duke University Press, 2000.
- Emerson and Skepticism: The Cipher of the World. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988.
- “Profiles in Courage,” JFK’s Book for Boys,” American Literary History, 24 (Fall 2012) 3: 424-443.
- “Transnational American Studies or, Tainted Love,” New Literary History 42 (Summer 2011) 3: 409-417.
- “Death, Love, and Emerson’s Poetry” in Emerson for the Twenty-first Century: Global Perspectives on an American Icon, ed. Barry Tharaud (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2010) 379-402.
- “The Presence of Immigrants, or Why Mexicans and Arabs Look Alike,” Storia della Storiographia (Special Issue: Making Sense of Presence: Philosophy, History and Politics) 55(2009): 144-58.
- “Introduction: Taking Poe Seriously” in Edgar Allan Poe: Nevermore, Prose and Poems. Rochester, N.Y.: Big Pencil Press, 2009.
- “Liberal Justice and Particular Identity: Cavell, Emerson, Rawls,” 64:1 Arizona Quarterly (Spring 2008) 27-47.
- “Identity, Masochism, and the Democratic Intellectual in the War on Terror” in The Hedgehog Review Special Issue: Intellectuals and Public Responsibility (Spring 2007) pp. 71-80.
- “Beyond Us and Them: Identity and Terror from an Arab-American’s Perspective,” in SAQ: Special Issue: Palestine America 102 (Fall 2003) 4: 701-728.
- “Democracy, Aesthetics, Individualism: Emerson as Public Intellectual,” in Nineteenth-Century Prose: Special Issue: Ralph Waldo Emerson Bicentenary 30(Spring/Fall 2003) 195-226; reprinted in Ralph Waldo Emerson: Bicentenary Appraisals ed. Barry Tharaud (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2006) pp. 91-116.
- “Intellectuals in a Time of Terror,” Politics and Culture: An International Review of Books 4: 2002 online (http://politcsandculture.neu.edu).
- “After 9/11: Intellectuals and the Clash of Cultures,” Socialism and Democracy 16 (Winter-Spring 2002) 1: 137-43.
- Eileen Ka-May Cheng, The Plain and Noble Garb of Truth: Nationalism and Impartiality in American Historical Writing, 1784-1860 in The Journal of American History 96 (December 2009) 3.
- George Snedeker, The Politics of Critical Theory: Language/ Discourse/ Society in Socialism and Democracy 19(2005) 1.
- Eduardo Cadava, Emerson and the Climates of History, in American Literature 72 (2000) 3: 630-31.
- Richard Waswo, The Founding Legend of Western Civilization from Virgil to Vietnam, in Passages: Journal of Transnational and Transcultural Studies 1 (1999) 2: 302-304.
- Richard E. Brantley, Coordinates for Anglo-American Romanticism: Wesley, Edwards, Carlyle and Emerson, in Studies in Romanticism 35 (1996) 3: 474-77.
- Stanley Cavell, Conditions Handsome and Unhandsome: The Constitution of Emersonian Perfectionism, in Modern Philology 91 (1993) 2: 260-67.
- Representative Men: The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 4. edited by Douglas Emory Wilson, introduction and notes by Wallace E. Williams, in Resources for American Literary Study.
- Donald Pease, Visionary Compacts: American Renaissance Writings in Cultural Context, in Genre 20 (Spring 1987).
- Ernst Mandel, Delightful Murder: A Social History of the Crime Story, MLN 102 (December 1987).
- Evan Carton, The Rhetoric of American Romance: Dialectic and Identity in Emerson, Dickinson, Poe, and Hawthorne, in Genre 20 (Spring 1987).
Graduate Courses Taught
- ENG 426 American Realists
- ENG 430 Poe, Whitman, Dickinson
- AH 506 The Sublime
- ENG 540 19C American Literature
- ENG 543 American Cosmopolitanism
- ENG 550 Aesthetics
- ENG 557 Aesthetics and Ethics
Undergraduate Courses Taught
- ENG 115 Survey of American literature
- ENG 226 American Realists
- ENG 230 Poe, Whitman, Dickinson
- AH 306 The Sublime
- ENG 396 Art and Media in Criticism and Culture
- Presidential Fellow, Salzburg Seminars, Salzburg, Austria, 1993
- Fulbright Lecturing Award, Instytut Anglistyki, Uniwersytet warszawski, Poland, 1990-91
- CIES Fellowship, Summer Polish Institute, University of Pittsburgh, 1990
- Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, University of Rochester, 1989
- William B. Kenan Teaching Fellowship for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching, The Johns Hopkins University, 1981-82, 1982-83
- Humanities Center Fellowship for Study in Paris, The Johns Hopkins University, 1980-81
- Human Biology Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, 1979-80
- Graduate Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, 1977-79
- Modern Language Association
- North American Modern Language Association
- American Studies Association
- Marxist Literary Group
- Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies
- Society for Cinema Studies
- Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
- American Comparative Literature Society