Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1988. “Faulkner and Ulysses: A Psychoanalytic Inquiry.”
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia, 1989-90.
My main research interests lie in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature. Current writing projects include a study of William Faulkner’s stories, novels, and screenplays in relation to the history of aviation and twentieth-century war; and a study of narratives produced by American and Canadian soldiers and medical personnel who have served in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Other work in progress includes essays on Don DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy.
Killam Teaching Prize in the Faculty of Arts, 2008-2009.
I have served two tours in Arts One (2010-2012, 2014-2016).
In the Department of English, I teach courses in American modernism, literature post-World War II, and contemporary literature.
“Faulkner, Adorno, and ‘The Radio Phenomenon,’ 1935.” William Faulkner in the Media Ecology. Ed. Julian Murphet and Stefan Solomon. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2015. 115-130.
“The Ultimate War Story: Losing it in Going After Cacciato.” Critical Insights: Tim O’Brien. Ed. Robert C. Evans. Amenia, NY: Grey House Publishing, 2015. 154-168.
“’Seeing into the Heart’: Teaching the Vardaman Narratives of As I Lay Dying.” Approaches to Teaching Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Eds. Patrick O’Donnell and Lynda Zwinger. New York: MLA, 2011. 100-112.
“The American Wars: History and Prophecy in Vietnam, the Gulf, and Iraq.” I Sing the Body Politic: History as Prophecy in Contemporary American Literature. Ed. Peter Swirski. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009. 82-112
“Faulkner, Marcuse, and Erotic Power.” Faulkner’s Sexualities. Eds. Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2010. 54-72.
“Pylon and the Rise of European Fascism.” The Faulkner Journal 27 (Spring 2012): 97-114. Special Issue, “Faulkner and the Metropolis.” Ed. Peter Lurie.
“The Synthesis of Marx and Freud in Recent Faulkner Criticism.” The Blackwell Companion to William Faulkner. Ed. Richard C. Moreland. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006. 85-103.
Soldier Talk: The Vietnam War in Oral Narrative. Edited by Paul Budra and Michael Zeitlin. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.
Méconnaissance, Race, and the Real in Faulkner’s Fiction. Etudes Faulknériennes IV. Ed. Michael Zeitlin. Series Editors: André Bleikasten and Nicole Moulinoux. Rennes, France: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2004.
“Donald Barthelme and the President of the United States.” Productive Postmodernism: Consuming Histories and Cultural Studies. Ed. John Duvall. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2001. 61-74.
“The Ego Psychologists in Lacan’s Theory.” American Imago: Studies in Psychoanalysis and Culture 54.2 (Summer 1997): 209-232. Special issue, “Lacan’s Christian Science.” Ed. Daniel Boyarin.