Clinical Professor of Liberal Studies; Dean, Liberal Studies
Ph.D., English, University College London
M.A., English, Columbia University
A.B., English, Columbia College
Areas of Interest: Cultural Foundations; Victorian Literature; Dickens; Material Culture
"Teaching" is a gerund -- it embodies a process, not a result. My goal is not to provide students with discrete bits of knowledge (though I am happy to share with them what little knowledge I have acquired as a scholar over the past 40 years) but rather to help them discover interesting questions that they can explore themselves. The most satisfying moments in my classroom are when students challenge me by announcing, "I disagree, and here is why." That is the signal that they are ready to become active seekers and not passive consumers of knowledge.
Publications:Books (authored and edited):
Dickens and the City, 1979
Victorian Artists and the City, 1980.
Dickens, American Notes, 1997.
Bronte, Agnes Grey, 2005.
Articles and reviews in journals including:
The Dickensian, Eighteenth-Century Life, Literature and Medicine, London Review of Books, Notes and Queries, Review, TLS, Victorians Institute Journal, and Victorian Studies.