Emeritus Professor of English
- Address: 335 English
- Telephone: 217-244-0922
- Email: email@example.com
Mark Twain Past and Present includes chapters on autobiography and the crisis of memory;on excursion, tourism, and the Realist demeanor; on how Clemens came to be regarded as a 'literary artist,' and on cultural after-images of Huckleberry Finn. In the summer of 2014 I will complete work as Fulbright Professor of American Literature at the University of Antwerp; in the fall I will teach a capstone course for the UI Campus Honors Program, 'College and the American Self.' Current projects include Mark Twain Past and Present, and a new English edition of selected essays by Clemenceau.
- Teaching with the Norton Anthology of American Literature: A Guide for Instructors. WW Norton, 2007.
- Printer's Devil: Mark Twain and the American Publishing Revolution . University of California Press, 2006.
- Literary Wit. University of Massachusetts Press , 2000.
- Mark Twain on the Loose: A Comic Writer and the American Self. University of Massachusetts Press , 1995.
- Wilbur's Poetry. University of Massachusetts Press , 1991.
- "The Mind-Sciences in the Humanities Classroom." he Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.
- "Mark Twain’s Mysterious Strangers and the Motions of the Mind." Centenary Reflections on Mark Twain’s No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2009.
- "Comic Dimensions, Low Theory, High Stakes." Studies in American Humor forthcoming (2014):