Department of English 533 Ardson Road
Michigan State University East Lansing MI 48823
East Lansing MI 48824 Phone: (517) 351-0182
Phone: (517) 355-7576 Fax: (517) 353-4460
1979: Ph.D. in English, University of California - Davis
Dissertation: “The Fragile Web: Interpretation as Subject in
Contemporary Fiction.” Director: T. A. Hanzo.
1972: M.A. in English, California State University - Hayward
1971: B.A. in English, St. Mary’s College of California
fields of specialization
Modern and Contemporary American Fiction
Postmodern Literature and Culture
History and Theory of Narrative
June, 1997 - Professor and Chair, Department of English
Michigan State University
1993-97: Professor and Editor, MFS: Modern Fiction Studies
Department of English, Purdue University
1989-92: Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of American
Literature, Department of English, West Virginia
1988-89: Professor, Department of English
University of Arizona
1985-88: Associate Professor, Department of English
University of Arizona
1980-85: Assistant Professor, Department of English
University of Arizona
visiting and other academic appointments
Fall, 2005: Walt Whitman Distinguished Fulbright Chair,
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
1999-2001; 2005: Guest Faculty, University of Louisville USIA
Summer Institute on Contemporary American
August, 1998: Faculty of the Stuttgart Seminar in Cultural Studies
1998 topic: Cultural Negotiations; Seminar on
1997- : Affiliated Faculty and Steering Committee,
Comparative Literature Program, Michigan State
1997- : Affiliated Faculty, American Studies Program,
Michigan State University
1994-97: Faculty of the Program in Comparative Literature
1993-97: Faculty of the Program in Philosophy and Literature
Faculty of the Program in American Studies
August, 1993: Faculty of the Stuttgart Seminar in Cultural Studies
1993 Topic: Culture and the Imagination; Seminar
on “American Signatures: Imagining Postmodern
1991-92: Senior Fulbright Lecturer, Department of American
Studies, Universität Stuttgart
Summer, 1991: Guest Professor, Department of American Studies
1986-89: Associate in Comparative Literature, Program in
Comparative Literature and Theory, University of
Summer, 1986: Lecturer, Department of American Studies
1979-80: Lecturer, Department of English
University of California - Davis
Instructor, Sacramento City College
1977-78: Lecteur, Université de Bordeaux III
1997- : Chair, Department of English, Michigan State
2003-2004: Interim Chair, Department of Religious Studies,
Michigan State University (while continuing as
Chair of English)
1987-89: Coordinator of Graduate Programs and Director of
Graduate Studies in Literature, Department of English,
University of Arizona
1985-87: Director of Undergraduate Studies in Literature
Department of English, University of Arizona
Walt Whitman Distinguished Fulbright Chair, Radboud University, Nijmegen
The Netherlands, Fall 2005.
Fellow, CIC Academic Leadership Program, 1999-2000.
International Programs Study Abroad Development Grant for developing an
exchange with the University of Aarhus, Denmark, 1998.
Purdue University International Travel Grant for a conference and lecturing
in Paris and Germany, 1994.
Senior Fulbright Award for lecturing at the Universität Stuttgart, Germany,
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to direct a Summer Seminar
for School Teachers at West Virginia University. Topic: “Reading
Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom,” 1990.
University of Arizona International Travel Grant for lecturing in Germany
and France, 1985.
Selected Participant, NEH Curriculum Integration Project Program in
Women’s Studies, University of Arizona, 1985.
University of Arizona Humanities Research Fund Grant, 1982.
University of California Intercampus Research Fund Grant, 1976.
Selected Graduate Fellow, School of Criticism and Theory, University of
California - Irvine, 1976 (mentors: Frank Kermode and René
Latent Destinies: Cultural Paranoia and Contemporary U.S. Narrative.
Durham: Duke University Press, 2000.
Nominated for the Perkins Prize
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jazz Age Stories. Ed. and Introd. Patrick O’Donnell.
NY: Penguin Twentieth Century Classics, 1998.
[Authored the "Introduction" and "Notes," pp. vii-vvvi; 417-27].
F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise. Ed. and Introd. Patrick
O’Donnell. NY: Penguin Twentieth Century Classics, 1996.
[Authored the “Introduction” and “Notes," pp. ix-xxxi; 261-68].
Echo Chambers: Figuring Voice in Modern Narrative. Iowa City:
University of Iowa Press, 1992.
Nominated for the Edward M. Kayden Press Book Award
Nominated for the Christian Gauss Prize
New Essays on The Crying of Lot 49. Ed. Patrick O’Donnell.
New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
[authored the “Introduction” to this volume, pp. 1-20].
The Columbia History of the American Novel. General Editor,
Emory Elliott; Associate Editors, Cathy N. Davidson, Patrick
O’Donnell, Valerie Smith, and Christopher Wilson. New York:
Columbia University Press, 1991. [Authored the “Preface to the
Late Twentieth Century” in this volume, pp. 513-14].
Intertextuality and Contemporary American Fiction. Ed. Patrick
O’Donnell and Robert Con Davis. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins
University Press, 1989. [Co-authored the Introduction to this
volume, “Intertext and Contemporary American Fiction,” ix-xxii].
Passionate Doubts: Designs of Interpretation in Contemporary
American Fiction. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1986.
Nominated for the James Russell Lowell Award
John Hawkes. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1982.
books in progress
Approaches to Teaching Faulkner’s AS I LAY DYING, co-edited
Patrick O’Donnell and Lynda Zwinger (contracting with MLA).
The New American Novel: Reading American Fiction Since 1980
(contracting with Blackwell for the “Reading the Novel” series)
When Seen: Henry James Through Contemporary Film.
essays and articles
“Heterogeneity or Chaos: Mapping Contemporary American Fiction,”
Proceedings of the Ukrainian American Studies Association,
“Faulkner’s Continuum,” forthcoming in the Blackwell Companion to
Faulkner, ed. Richard C. Moreland.
“Metafiction,” entry for The Routledge Encylopedia of Narrative Theory,
“James’s Birdcage/Hitchock’s Birds,” special issue of Arizona Quarterly
on Henry James, forthcoming.
Contributor of eight new entries and forty-seven revised entries on
contemporary writers for the Cambridge Guide to Literature in
English, ed. Dominic Head. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge
University Press, 2006.
“James Bond: Cyborg-Aristocrat,” in Ian Fleming & James Bond: The
Cultural Politics of 007, ed. Edward P. Comentale, Stephen Watt,
and Skip Willman. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005: 55-68.
“Faulkner’s Future Tense: A Critique of the Instant and the Continuum,”
Faulkner in the 21st Century, ed. Robert W. Hamlin and Ann J.
Abadie. University, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2002: 107-118.
“Mass Modernism(s): Between Hollywood and Berlin,” Transatlantic
Modernism, ed. Joseph Schöpp and Martin Klepper. Heidelberg:
C. Winter, 2001: 221-30.
"The Intractability of Culture," The Translatability of Cultures: Proceedings
of the Sixth Stuttgart Seminar on Cultural Studies. Stuttgart:
Metzler and Poeschel, 1999: 115-32.
"Stray Thoughts on American Writing in the Age of Pleonastic
Reproduction," Sources: Revue d'etudes anglophones (Université
d'Orleans), 5 (1998).
Contributor of thirty-one new entries and thirty-seven revised entries to
the contemporary American fiction section of the Cambridge Guide
to Fiction, revised edition, ed. Ian Ousby. New York: Cambridge
UP, 1998. [complete list of entries available upon request].
“An Interview with Stephen Wright,” with Thomas Byers and Thomas
Schaub, Contemporary Literature, 39.2 (1998): 157-179.
“Faulkner in Light of Morrison,” Unflinching Gaze: Morrison and Faulkner
Re-Envisioned, ed. Carol A. Kolmerten, Stephen M. Ross, and
Judith Bryant Wittenberg. Oxford: U of Mississippi P, 1997:
“Editor’s Preface,” Modern Fiction Studies, 42.2 (1996): 255-58 [special
issue on “Narrative and History].
“Speed, Metaphor, and the Postmodern Road Novel: Stephen
Wright and Others,” Mississippi Review Web Edition, 5.1 (May
“Editor’s Preface,” Modern Fiction Studies, 41.1 (1995): 1-4 [special issue
on “Postmodern Narratives”].
“American Signatures: Postmodernism, Form, Objects,” and
“American Signatures: Postmodern Identities, Postmodern
Histories,” Culture and the Imagination: Proceedings of the Third
Stuttgart Seminar in Cultural Studies, ed. Heide Ziegler. Stuttgart:
Metzler and Poeschel, 1995: 59-106.
“Of Loose Ends and Red Herrings: Elkin’s The McGuffin,”
Review of Contemporary Fiction, 15 (1995): 92-100 [special half-
issue on Stanley Elkin, ed. Arthur Saltzman].
“Short Changed: Thomas Berger’s Changing the Past,” Critical
Essays on Thomas Berger, ed. David W. Madden. Boston: G.K.
Hall (1995): 138-48.
“The Reader’s Frolic” (on Gaddis’ A Frolic of His Own), profiles
americaines, 6 (1995): 161-71 [special issue on William Gaddis,
ed. Michel Gresset].
“Faulkner and Postmodernism,” A Faulkner Companion, ed. Philip
Weinstein. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994: 45-58.
“Between the Family and the State: Nomadism and Authority in
As I Lay Dying,” Faulkner Journal, 7 (1991/92; published Fall,
1993): 83-94 [special issue on Faulkner and Cultural Criticism].
“The Voice of Paranoia: Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song,” Prospects: An
Annual of American Cultural Studies, 17 (1993): 459-73.
Remarking Bodies: Divigations of Morrison from Faulkner,” Faulkner, His
Contemporaries, and His Posterity (Proceedings of the International
Faulkner Symposium), ed. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz. Tübingen:
Francke Verlag, 1993: 322-27.
“Living Arrangements: On Donald Barthelme’s Paradise,” Critical
Essays on Donald Barthelme, ed. Richard F. Patteson. Boston:
G.K. Hall, 1992: 208-16.
“Engendering Paranoia,” boundary 2, 19 (1992): 181-204; reprinted in
National Identities and Post-Americanist Narratives, ed. Donald Pease.
Durham: Duke University Press, 1994: 181-204.
“An Introduction to the Fiction of Jerome Charyn,” Review of Contemporary
Fiction, 12, 2 (1992): 87-95 [special half-issue on Jerome Charyn,
ed. Patrick O’Donnell].
“Stories My Father Never Told Me: On John Hawkes’s Adventures
in the Alaskan Skin Trade,” Critical Essays on John Hawkes,
ed. Stanley Trachtenberg. Boston, G. K. Hall (1991): 201-210.
“History Without Theory: Re-Covering American Literature,”
Genre, 22 (1989; published 1991): 375-93 [with responses by Paul
B. Armstrong: 395-402; and Dominick LaCapra: 403-11].
“His Master’s Voice: On William Gaddis’s JR,” Posmodern Culture,
1, 2 (1991): http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/pmc/.
“‘A Speeches of Chaff’: Ventriloquy and Expression in Our Mutual
Friend,” Dickens Studies Annual, 19 (1990): 247-79.
“John Hawkes,” Post-War Literatures in English: A Lexicon of
Contemporary Authors, ed. Theo d’Haen et al. Groningen, The
Netherlands: Wolters-Noordhoff, 1990: 10pp. loose-leaf.
“Obvious Paranoia: The Politics of Don DeLillo’s Running Dog,”
Centennial Review, 34 (1990): 56-72.
“John Hawkes: le grand art de la parodie,” magazine littéraire,
no. 281 (October, 1990): 99-100.
“Sub Rosa: Voice, Body, and History in Absalom, Absalom!,”
College Literature, 16 (1989): 28-47 [William Faulkner Issue].
“Becoming Discourse: Eudora Welty’s ‘Petrified Man,’” Changing Our
Minds: Interdisciplinary Essays on Feminist Transformations of
Knowledge, ed. Susan Hardy Aiken et al. Albany: State University
of New York Press, 1988: 15-38.
“The Thicket of Language: On Stanley Elkin’s Fiction,” Facing
Texts: Encounters Between Writers and Critics, ed. Heide Ziegler.
Durham: Duke University Press, 1988: 32-44.
“‘None Other’: The Subject of Roth’s My Life as a Man,” Reading Philip
Roth, ed. Asher Milbauer and Donald Watson. New York and
London: St. Martin’s and Macmillan, 1988: 144-59.
“Self-Alignment: John Hawkes’s Travesty,” Delta (Université Paul
Valéry), 22 (1986): 109-28.
“The Spectral Road: Metaphors of Transference in Faulkner’s As I
Lay Dying,” Papers on Language and Literature, 20 (1984): 60-79.
Reprinted in The Critical Cosmos: American Fiction 1914-45, ed.
Harold Bloom. New Haven: Chelsea House, 1989.
“The Disappearing Text: Philip Roth’s The Ghost Writer,”
Contemporary Literature, 24 (1983): 365-78.
“Life and Art: An Interview with John Hawkes,” Review of Contemporary
Fiction, 3 (1983): 107-26.
“Ludwig Binswanger and the Poetics of Compromise,” Review of
Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, 17 (1983): 235-44.
“Watermark: Writing the Self in Nabokov’s Pale Fire,” Arizona Quarterly,
39 (1983): 381-405.
“Between Life and Art: Structures of Realism in the Fiction of
Howells and James,” Études Anglaises, 33 (1980): 142-55.
“Journeying to the Center: Time, Pattern, and Transcendence in
William Golding’s Free Fall,” Ariel, 11 (1980): 83-98.
“The Hero as Artist in John Hawkes’s Second Skin,” International
Fiction Review, 4 (1977): 119-27.
essays in progress
“Modernism and Proto-Postmodernism,” for the Blackwell Companion
to the Modern American Novel, ed. John T. Matthews.
“Henry James’s Memento.”
“Subterranean Unheimlich Blues: Don DeLillo’s Underworld,” for the
Blackwell Companion to Don DeLillo, ed. John Duvall.
reviews and review-essays
Review of Robert Kiely, Reverse Tradition: Postmodern Fiction and the
Nineteenth Century Novel, in ANQ, 8 (1995): 54-56.
Review of Jerome Klinkowitz, Structuring the Void: The Struggle for the
Subject in Contemporary American Fiction, in Studies in the Novel,
25 (1993): 356-57.
Review of Thomas Hill Schaub, American Fiction in The Cold War, in
Novel, 26, 2 (1993): 226-29
Review of Paul B. Armstrong, Conflicting Readings: Variety and Validity in
Interpretation, in Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 91
Review of John Johnston, Carnival of Repetition: Gaddis’s The
Recognitions and Postmodern Theory, and Joseph Dewey, In A
Dark Time: The Apocalyptic Temper in the American Novel of the
Nuclear Age, in American Literature, 63 (1991): 355-58.
Review of Leon Lewis, Henry Miller: The Major Writings, in American
Literature, 59 (1987): 487-88.
Review-Essay of John Carlos Rowe, The Theoretical Dimensions
of Henry James; Mark Seltzer, Henry James and the Art of Power;
and Donna Przybylowicz, Desire and Repression: The Dialectic of
Self and Other in the Late Work of Henry James, in Genre,
19 (1987): 319-26.
Review of Robert Con Davis and Ronald Schleifer, eds., Rhetoric and
Form: Deconstruction at Yale, in MLN, 100 (1985): 1144-48.
Review of Ramón Saldívar, Figural Language in the Novel: The Flowers of
Speech from Cervantes to Joyce, in Studies in the Novel, 17 (1985):
Review of Kenneth A. Bruffee, Elegiac Romance: Cultural Change and the
Loss of the Hero in Modern Fiction, in Genre, 18 (1985): 86-88.
Review of Richard Pearce, The Novel in Motion: A Theory of Modern
Fiction, in American Literature, 56 (1984): 452-53.
Review of Glen A. Love, New Americans: The Westerner and the Modern
Experience in the American Novel, in American Literature, 55, (1983): 273-75.
Review of John Carlos Rowe, Through the Custom-House: Nineteenth-
Century American Fiction and Modern Theory; and Eric J. Sundquist,
American Realism: New Essays, in Genre, 16 (1983): 99-105.
Review of Elizabeth Dipple, Iris Murdoch: Work for the Spirit, in Arizona
Quarterly, 38 (1982): 378-80.
Review of P.D. Juhl, Interpretation: An Essay on the Philosophy of Literary
Criticism, in Genre, 14 (1981): 281-84.
Review of Jack Undank, Diderot: Inside, Outside, and In-Between, in Style,
15 (1981): 471-72.
“Explaining Thomas Pynchon,” review of William Plater, The Grim Phoenix:
Reconstructing Thomas Pynchon; and George Levine and David
Leverenz, eds., Mindful Pleasures: Essays on Thomas Pynchon, in
International Fiction Review, 6 (1979): 152-56.
Editor, MFS: Modern Fiction Studies (1993-97; Vols. 38.1 - 42.3).
Associate Editor, Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature,
Culture, and Theory (1988- ).
Associate Editor, CELJ Newsletter [newsletter of the Council of
Editors of Learned Journals] (1995-98)
Member, Board of Editors, Penn Studies in Contemporary American
Fiction, University of Pennsylvania Press (1993-00).
Consulting Editor, Contemporary Literature (1995- ).
Member, Editorial Board, CR: The New Centennial Review (1999- ).
Member, Editorial Board, MFS: Modern Fiction Studies (2001 - ).
Member, Board of Editors, Philip Roth Studies (2004 - ).
Member, Editorial Board, Postmodern Culture, an electronic journal of
postmodern literature and theory (1989- ).
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Faulkner Journal (1992-97).
Member, Board of Editors, American Literature (1992-94).
papers, lectures, panels, professional events
Lecture, “Trauma Theory and Memento,” University of Ghent, November
Keynote Address, “Mapping Contemporary American Fiction:
Heterogeneity or Chaos?”, University of Leuven, Belgium, Dec. 12,
2005; Third International Conference on
American Literature, Schevchenko Institute of Literature,
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the Institute
of International Relations, Shevchenko University, Kiev,
October 3, 2005.
Paper, “Henry James’s Memento,” Arizona Quarterly Symposium,
University of Arizona, April 1, 2005.
Paper, “What Time is it in Kill Bill?”, Twentieth Century Literature
Conference, University of Louisville, Feb. 25, 2005.
Paper, “James’s Birdcage/Hitchcock’s Birds,” Modern Fiction Studies
50th Anniversary Symposium, Purdue University, Oct. 1, 2004;
Dartmouth MALS Program, Dartmouth College, July 15, 2003;
University of Ghent Faculty Forum, November 7, 2005;
Arizona Quarterly Symposium on American Literature, Culture, and Theory,
University of Arizona March 30 2001(earlier version).
Paper, “The Shape of Things to Come: ‘The Beast in the Jungle,” Henry
James and New Formalisms Conference, University of Montreal,
May 14, 2004.
Panel, “Southern Studies in the Institution,” U.S. South in Global Contexts
Conference, University of Mississippi, Feb. 14, 2004.
“Reforming Doctorate Education: What is Needed Now,” ADE Summer
Seminar, Minneapolis, June 7, 2003.
“James Bond, Cyborg-Aristocrat,” “The Cultural Politics of Ian Fleming and
007” conference, Indiana University, May 30, 2003.
Panelist for faculty/student development sessions on scholarly publishing
and on editing an anthology, annual meeting of the Midwest Modern
Language Association, Minneapolis, November 9, 2002.
Lecture and Faculty Leader, USIA Institution on Contemporary Literature,
University of Louisville, July 6-7, 2001. Lecture Delivered: “An
Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction.”
Paper, “Parataxis is Your Friend,” ODELA conference on contemporary
American Fiction, University Charles V, Paris, May 19, 2001.
Lecture, “Between Hollywood and Berlin,” International University,
Bruchsal, Germany, May 15, 2001.
Chair, Panel, MLA Prose Fiction Division, “Narrative Contamination II:
Cultural Contamination,” Washington, D.C., 28 December 2000.
Plenary Lecture, “Faulkner’s Future Tense: A Critique of the Instant and
The Continuum,” Faulkner Conference: Faulkner in the 21st
Century, University of Mississippi, July 26, 2000.
Lecture and Faculty Leader, USIA Institute on Contemporary Literature,
University of Louisville, June 29-30, 2000. Lecture delivered:
Keynote Address, “Contamination’s Rainbow,” Dutch American Studies
Association, Roosevelt Study Center, Middleburg, The Netherlands,
15 June 2000.
Introduction of Oliver Stone for Celebrity Lecturers Series, Michigan State
University, 20 March 2000.
Paper, “The Hysteria of Contamination,” for a panel on “Contamination”
At the Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of
Louisville, 26 February 2000.
Panelist, MSU “MULTI” session on diversity recruitment and retention for
university administrators, 27 January 2000.
Chair, Panel, MLA Prose Fiction Division, “Pose Fiction II: Performing
Narrative,” Chicago, 29 December 1999.
Lecture, “Reservoir Dogs and the Criminality of Paranoia,” Dartmouth
Master’s of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, 20 October 1999.
Lecture and Faculty Leader, USIA Institute on Contemporary Literature,
University of Louisville, 29-30 June 1999. Lecture delivered: “JFK,
Libra, and the Politics of Assassination.”
Paper, “Paranoid Temporalities,” Narrative Conference, Dartmouth
College, 1 May 1999.
Participant, CIC Executive Leadership Seminar, Big Ten Conference
Center, Chicago, 6-7 November, 1998.
Paper, "Postmodern Time and the Aesthetics of Identity," Plenary Session
"Ideology and Postmodernity," Aesthetics and Difference
Conference, Center for Ideas and Society, University of California-
Riverside, 25 October 1998.
Plenary Address, “The Time of Paranoia,” Conspiracy Culture Conference,
St. Alfred’s College, Winchester, England, July 17, 1998; also
delivered to the University of Oklahoma English Department,
16 September 1998.
Lecture, "The Intractability of Difference: A View of Cultural Studies,"
Stuttgart Seminar on Cultural Studies, 6 August 1998.
Paper, “Men in Black: The Libidinal Economies of Reservoir Dogs,”
Narrative Conference, Northwestern University, 3 April 1998.
Organizer and Moderator, Prose Fiction Division Panel, “Narrative and
Postcoloniality: the Novel and Its ‘Others’,” Modern Language
Association, Toronto, 30 December 1997.
Respondent to Keynote Address of Homi Bhabha, Modern Literature
Conference, Michigan State University, 30 October 1997.
Lecture, "Assassins and Citizens: Libra, JFK, and the Logic of National
Identity," University of Aarhus, Denmark, 24 October 1997.
Lecture, "Criminality and Paranoia," John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie
Universität Berlin, 22 October 1997.
Lecture, "Men in Black: Quentin Tarrantino's Reservoir Dogs,"
Universität Köln, 20 October 1997.
Paper, "Mass Modernisms: Between Hollywood and Berlin," Transatlantic
Modernisms Conference, Universität Hamburg, 18 October 1997.
Paper, "American Studies and the Global Circuit." Futures of American
Studies Conference, Dartmouth College, 12 August 1997.
Panel, “Mutations of Narrative Instances,” ENS Conference, “2001: A
Literary Illiad: The Tribulations of American Literature Toward the
New Millenium,” Ecole Normale Superiéure, Paris, 3 May 1997.
Paper delivered: “Stray Thoughts on American Writing in the Age of
Panel Chair and Organizer, “Between Sexuality and Gender,”
Narrative Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 27 April 1996.
Opening Address, “Speed, Metaphor, and the Postmodern Road Narrative:
Stephen Wright and Others,” Twentieth Century Literature
Conference, University of Louisville, 22 February 1996.
Panelist, Symposium on Scholarly Publishing, Indiana University
English Department, 20 October 1995.
Lecture, “Paranoia and National Trauma,” Indiana University English
Department, 19 October 1995.
Keynote Address, “Toward a Provisional American Studies,” opening of
the American Studies Center, National University of Singapore,
25 September 1995.
Lecture, “Paranoia and Contemporary American Fiction,” Department of
English, National University of Singapore, 29 September 1995.
Lecture, “Scholarly Editing and the Production of Knowledge,”
Department of English, National University of Singapore, 28
Lecture, “Drowning (Out) Identity: Voice and Addiction in Under the
Volcano,” First Dartmouth Lecture on the Culture of Addiction, Dartmouth College, 23 May 1995.
Panel Chair and Organizer, “Narrative and History/Historicizing Narrative,”
Narrative Conference, Park City, Utah, 21 April 1995.
USIA Lecture Tour, “Beyond Duality: Reading John Hawkes’s Second
Skin,” presented to agrégation seminars at the Ecole Normale Superiore;
University of Paris VII; University of Strasbourg; University of Lyon II;
University of Dijon; University of Nice; University of Toulouse;
University of Bordeaux III; University of Tours; University of Rennes, 23 January-6 February 1995.
Paper, “Founding ‘Career’: This Side of Paradise as Authorial Initiation,”
panel on “Writers at Work,” International Fitzgerald/Hemingway
Conference, Paris, 7 July 1994.
Paper, “Faulkner in Light of Morrison,” Panel on “Faulkner and Morrison,”
American Literature Association, San Diego, 3 June 1994.
Paper, “Maintaining Class: Nuclear Family Wars in Someone To Watch
Over Me,” Panel on “Films of the Reagan-Bush Era,” Narrative
Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 30 April 1994 (delivered in absentia);
Purdue University Cultural Studies Collective, 4 November 1994.
Lecture, “Paper Chases: Scholarly Publishing and the Production of
Knowledge,” West Virginia University, 21 April 1994.
Lecture, “Freedom and Necessity: Paul Auster’s Leviathan,” Purdue
University Books and Coffee series, 10 February 1994.
Paper, “Reviewing Vietnam: Identity, History, and Postmodernism in
Stone’s Platoon and Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket,” Panel on “Re-
figuring the 60s,” Midwest Modern Language Association, Minneapolis, 5 November 1993.
Paper, “Special Agents: Postmodern Pastiche, Class and Gender in The
Silence of the Lambs,” Symposium on Post/Modernism and
Feminism, University of Louisville, 15 October 1993.
Lectures, "Postmodernism, Form, Objects I," and "Postmodernism, Form,
Objects II," Stuttgart Seminar on Cultural Studies, 3 August and 10
Paper, “Paranoia and National Trauma in Stone’s JFK and DeLillo’s Libra,”
boundary 2 20th Anniversary Conference, “Re-Figuring U.S.
Nationalisms,” Dartmouth College, 26 June 1993; Universität
Tübingen, 28 July, 1993.
Chair and Panel, “Narrative Pathologies,” International Conference on
Narrative, Albany NY, 2 April 1993. Paper delivered: “National Trauma and The Cultural Imaginary.”
Lecture, “Between Voice and Echo: The Space of Writing,”
Interdisciplinary Series on Writing and Theory, Program in Rhetoric
and Composition, Department of English, Purdue University, 16
Paper, “The Man Who Wanted to Become a Woman: Class and Gender
Identity in The Silence of the Lambs,” Florida State University
Comparative Literature and Film Circle conference on “Authority and
Transgression in Literature and Film,” Tallahassee, 29 January 1993.
Lecture, “The Literary Canon and the Columbia History of the American
Novel,” Centri di Studi Americani, Rome, 21 May, 1992; American
Studies Seminar on Literature Culture, and Politics, Lindow,
Germany, 8 March 1992.
Lecture, “Always Connect: Paranoia and Contemporary American Fiction,”
Centri di Studi Americani, Rome, 20 May 1992; Pedagogische
Institut Erfurt, Germany; Universität Jena, Germany, 5 February 1992.
Lecture, “Tendencies in Contemporary American Fiction: Some
Sentences,” Centri di Studi Americani, Rome, 19 May, 1992;
Niedersächsisches Landesinstitut für Lehrerfortbildung, Seminar on
Contemporary America Writing, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, 7 May
1992; Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium, 11 March 1992; USIS-
Mecklenberg-Vorpommern Landesinstitut für Ausbildung in
Fremdsprachen, Seminar on Teaching American Literature, Culture
and Society, Drosedow, Germany, 17 January 1992.
Lecture, “Paranoia and Politics in Postmodern American Fiction,” Ecole
Normale Supérieure, Paris, 18 March 1992; Ecole Normale
Supérieure, Fontenay-Aux-Roses, France, 17 March 1992;
American Studies Seminar on “Literature, Culture, and Politics,”
sponsored by USIA and the University of Potsdam, Lindow,
Germany, 7 March 1992.
Lecture, “The Recursive Novel: A Lecture on Pynchon’s Gravity’s
Rainbow,” Universiteit Antwerpen, 12 March 1992.
Paper, “The Voice of Paranoia in Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song,” Arizona
Quarterly Symposium on American Literature, Culture, and Theory,
University of Arizona, 28 February 1992; Purdue University English
Department, 30 January 1992.
Lecture, “Domestic Particulars, or, Fixing the Carpet: Orderly Disorder in
Film Noir,” Culture Club, Universität Tübingen, 16 January 1992;
Universität Stuttgart, 29 July 1994.
Paper, “Voice and Paranoia in Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song,”
Narrative Conference, Nice, 14 June 1991.
Paper, “Remarking Bodies: Divigations of Morrison from Faulkner,”
International Faulkner Conference, Vienna, 31 May 1991.
Paper, “Mastering Voice in William Gaddis’ JR,” Twentieth Century
Literature Conference, University of Louisville, 22 February 1991.
Chair and Panel, “Discourses of the Alien and the Other,” conference on
“Crossing the Disciplines: Cultural Studies in the 1990s,” University
of Oklahoma, 19 October 1990. Paper delivered: “Foe’s Foe:
Colonizing Narrative” (revision of 1989 paper).
Paper, “Voice/Gaddis/Voice,” meeting of the Orleans-Tours Group for the
Study of Contemporary American Literature, Orleans, France, 15
Paper, “Between the Family and the State: Nomadism and Authority in
Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying,” Panel on Faulkner and Theory,
American Literature Association Conference, San Diego, 31 May 1990.
Chair, Panel on Contemporary American Fiction, American Literature
Association Conference, San Diego, 31 May 1990.
Paper, “Engendering Paranoia,” Pennsylvania State University English
Department, 21 March 1990; 2nd Arizona Quarterly Symposium on
American Literature and Culture, University of Arizona, 1 March 1990.
Lecture, “Reading Signs, or, Stuck on Mobil Again,” initiation ceremony
for Sigma Tau Delta (English Honorary Society), West Virginia
University, 15 March 1990.
Chair, Panel on “Text and Hypertext: Faulkner, Borges, Pynchon, and
Coover,” Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of
Louisville, 22 February 1990.
Panelist, “Early Audiences: the Editor and the Critic,” Interdisciplinary
Conference on “(Re)producing Texts/(Re)presenting History,” Texas
A&M University, 28 September 1989.
Chair, Faulkner Panel, California State Conference on American
Literature, San Diego, 2 June 1989.
Paper, “The Whitest Lie: Defoe, Foe, and the Colonizing Narrative,”
concurrent session on “Retelling History: Discourses of
Colonization,” International Association of Philosophy and Literature
Conference, Emory University, 7 May 1989.
Paper, “Voicing Abjection: A Reading of Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!,”
University of Arizona Program in Comparative Literature and Theory
Symposium, 23 February 1989.
Panel Chair, “The Politics of Composing and Teaching,” Conference on
“Discourses of Power,” Arizona State University, 20 October 1988.
Paper, “Re-Covering American Literature: History Without Theory,”
University of California-Davis English Department, 15 March 1988.
Lecture, “Mapping Theory,” Visiting Scholars Program, California State
University-Sacramento, 14 March 1988.
Paper, “Flowering Ideology,” Special Session: “Subversion or
Containment? Ideological Analysis and Nineteenth-Century
Literature,” MLA Convention, San Francisco, 28 December 1987.
Lecture, “Re-Covering American Literature: History Without Theory,”
symposium on “The States of Theory,” University of California-Irvine,
24 April 1987; also delivered at a meeting on “The New Historicism:
A Symposium on Theory and Practice,” University of Arizona, 4 November 1987.
Chair, Special Session: “Versions of Parody in Contemporary American
Fiction,” MLA Convention, New York, 29 December 1986.
Paper, “Disfiguring the Sign: Kristeva and the Body Semiotic,” panel on
“Deconstruction, Semiotics, Ideology,” Semiotic Society of America
Conference, San Francisco, 18 October 1986.
Paper, “On the Fiction of Stanley Elkin,” “Stanley Elkin Symposium,”
Universität Stuttgart, 10 June, 1986.
Paper, “Policing Voices: Ventriloquy and Expression in Our Mutual
Friend,” Narrative Conference, Ohio State University, 12 April 1986.
Paper, “Autobiography as Frame: Reference and Self Reference in
Roth’s My Life as a Man and Nabokov’s Look at the Harlequins!,”
Special Session, ”The Frame in Modern Literature,“ MLA
Convention, Chicago, 30 December 1985.
Panel Presentation, “On the State of Contemporary American Fiction,”
international meeting of the Societé des Amis de Maurice
Coindreau, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, 4 May; Amerikahaus, Universität Stuttgart, 7 May.
Paper, “The Makings of Gilbert Sorrentino’s Mulligan Stew,” meeting of
the Group René Tadlov (Contemporary Fiction/Theory Research
Group of the Université de Paris III), Paris, 3 May.
Chair, Panel on “J. Hillis Miller and Narrative Theory,” at the
Contemporary Genre Theory and the Yale School Conference,
University of Oklahoma, 1 June 1984.
Presentation, “Critical Institutions,” Co-Chair’s Introduction at a meeting
of the Arizona Criticism Group, University of Arizona, 7 April 1984.
Paper, “The Politics of the Well-Made Critical Essay,” panel on
“Comparative Literature/Theory: Against Prevailing Orders,”
Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, 24
Paper, “Ellison’s Noble Man: The Identity of Invisible Man,” Special
Session, “Reconsiderations of Ellison’s Invisible Man,” MLA
Convention, New York, 28 December 1983.
Panel Organizer and Paper, Special Session, “Four Post Structuralist
Approaches to Recent American Fiction,” MLA Convention, Los
Angeles, 28 December 1982. Paper presented: “Self-Writing in
Nabokov’s Pale Fire.”
Chair, Special Session: “Sports Fiction and Sports Culture,” Popular
Culture Association, Cincinnati, 26 March 1981.
Paper, “Fiction, Fate, and John Hawkes’s The Lime Twig,” presented to
the annual colloquium on Contemporary Fiction, Center for
Research on Contemporary American Literature, Université de Paris
III, 3 June 1978.
Michigan State University
Introduction to Graduate Studies (graduate)
Literary Form and Theory (graduate)
Postmodern Literature and Theory (graduate)
Twentieth Century American Literature (graduate)
Faulkner and Theory (graduate)
Modern Criticism (graduate)
Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities: Modernism and the City
Introduction to Literature (undergraduate)
Honors Introduction to Literature (undergraduate)
American Studies Interdisciplinary Seminar (English/Political Science):
“Scenes from the Postmodern Cultural Imaginary,” co-taught with
Diane Rubenstein (graduate)
Seminar on Modern and Postmodern American Fiction (graduate)
Seminar on Narrative Theory (graduate)
Contemporary American Fiction (graduate)
American Literature: Late 19th and 20th Century (undergraduate)
West Virginia University
Modern American Literature (graduate)
Approaches to Criticism: Cultural Poetics (graduate)
Studies in the Novel: The Novel and its Parts—Joke, Parable, Tale, Case
Contemporary Literature (undergraduate)
Southern Literature (undergraduate)
University of Arizona
Contemporary American Novel (graduate)
Postmodern Fiction and Theory (graduate)
History and Theory of the Novel (graduate)
Versions of Postmodernism (graduate)
Theories of Criticism: Fiction (graduate)
Modern American Literature (graduate)
Senior Honors (Epistemology and Narrative; undergraduate)
Junior Honors (The Idea of the Letter; undergraduate)
Freshman English (undergraduate honors)
Major American Writers (undergraduate)
American Short Story (undergraduate)
Modern American Poetry (undergraduate)
Modern American Novel (undergraduate)
American Realism (undergraduate)
Contemporary World Fiction (undergraduate)
Literary Analysis (undergraduate)
Contemporary American Fiction (graduate)
Transatlantic Ties: Urban Modernism (graduate)
Poststructuralist Narrative Theory (graduate)
Studies in Cultural Poetics (graduate)
Landeskunde: American Literary Spaces (graduate)
Ringvorlesung: sequence on contemporary literary theory (undergraduate)
Contemporary American Fiction (undergraduate)
American English (undergraduate)
Landeskunde: Introduction to Popular Culture (undergraduate)
Landeskunde: American film noir (undergraduate)
Modern American Novel (undergraduate)
Landeskunde: Space in American Literature and Film (undergraduate)
Postmodern American Fiction (graduate)
Vorlesung: Voice in Narrative (undergraduate)
Introduction to Faulkner (undergraduate)
university and departmental service
Committees: Michigan State University
(exclusive of normal committee responsibilities as department chair)
Provost Search Committee
College of Arts and Letters English Language Center Review Committee
College of Arts and Letters Study Abroad Coordinator Search Committee
MSU Greek Alliance Committee
Committees: Purdue University
English Department Primary Committee
English Department Policy Committee (chair, 1994-95)
English Department Graduate Admissions Committee
Modern American and British Poetry Search Committee
Senior African American Search Committee
African-American Literature Search Committee (chair)
Literary Awards Committee (chair, 1995-97)
School of Liberal Arts Purdue Research Foundation Summer Grants
School of Liberal Arts Faculty Senate
Committees: West Virginia University
College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Researcher Awards Committee
Women’s Studies Executive Committee
Dickinson Symposium Committee (co-chair, 1990-91; 1991 theme:
“Social Constructions of Gender”)
Benedum Award Selection Committee (chair, 1990-91)
College of Law Endowed Chairs Committee
Ph.D. Admissions Committee
Graduate Program Committee
Promotion & Tenure Committee
American Literature Search Committee
Committees: University of Arizona
University of Arizona Poetry Board
University Salary Equity Committee
College Pre-Health Admissions Committee
Faculty of Humanities Colloquium Committee
Undergraduate Studies Committee (Chair, 1985-87)
Freshman English Review Committee
Graduate Literature Curriculum Committee (Chair, 1988-89)
Graduate Literature Admissions Committee
Graduate Studies Committee (Chair, 1988-89)
Graduate Programs Review Committee (Chair)
American Literature Search Committees
Film/Feminist Theory Search Committee
Open Field Literature Search Committee
Multi-Ethnic Literature Search Committee (Chair)
Elected Member of the Association of Departments of English Executive
External Review Team Leader, University of Nebraska-Lincoln English
Department external review, April 2003.
Consultant: Johns Hopkins University Press
Oxford University Press
Duke University Press
Cambridge University Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
University of Wisconsin Press
University of Illinois Press
University of Minnesota Press
University of North Carolina Press
University of Iowa Press
University of Oklahoma Press
Northern Illinois University Press
Farleigh Dickinson University Press
Purdue University Press
Random House/Alfred A. Knopf
Bedford Books/St. Martin’s
Writer: Law School Admissions Test (1982-83)
Participant: Mellon HELP Project for curriculum integration between the
University of Arizona and Pima and Cochise Community
Outside Evaluator: Arizona Humanities Council for projects and lectures
on Contemporary Composers and the Community,
The Chinese Barrio in Tucson, Images of War in Film
and Television, and the Art and Architecture of Chartres
Discussion Leader: “Detectives in Black and White,” a community
reading seminar on the “hard-boiled” detective novel,
and “The American Journey,” a seminar on the
American Novel, conducted as part of the Tucson
Public Library “America Reading” program, funded by NEH.
Panelist: National Endowment for the Humanities Panel on
Summer Seminars for School Teachers, Division of
Fellowships, May, 1993; May, 1995.
National Endowment for the Humanities Panel on
Institutes and Summer Seminars in American Studies
for College Teachers, May, 1998.
National Endowment for the Humanities Panel on
Media Programs, Division of General Programs, April, 1989.
Judge: Perkins Award, Society for the Study of Narrative
CELJ Best New Journal Award, 1995-97
CELJ Best Special Issue Award, 1998-99
Association of Departments of English (Member, Executive Committee,
Modern Language Association (Member, Executive Committee on
Prose Fiction, 1996-2000; Member, Delegate Assembly,
Midwest Modern Language Association (Member, MMLA Executive
Modernist Studies Association
American Literature Section, MLA
American Studies Association
Society for the Study of Narrative Literature
American Literature Association
Society for Critical Exchange
Council of Editors of Learned Journals (Executive Board Member
in charge of Newsletter and Website, 1993-1998)