OF NOTE: Believes that living fully depends upon seeking answers to the big questions raised in the humanities, questions that can’t be answered alone.
KNOWN FOR: Engaging with students who care deeply about the big questions and want to do so in a setting where old answers aren’t shunned while also reading authors who pursue the truth in a way that is fresh and new.
POPULAR QUOTE: “A story really isn’t any good unless it successfully resists paraphrase, unless it hangs on and expands in the mind.” -Flannery O’Connor
Catholicism and American Borders in the Gothic Literary Imagination. University of Notre Dame Press (2017), 326 pp.
Peculiar Crossroads: Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, and Catholic Vision in Postwar Southern Fiction. Louisiana State University Press (2004), 259 pp. Reissued in paperback Fall 2007.
“‘O’Connor and the Rhetoric of Eugenics: Misfits, the ‘Unfit,’ and Us.” A Political Companion to Flannery O’Connor, ed. Henry Edmondson, UP of Kentucky (2017): 199-221.
“Re-writing American Borders: Religion, the South, and New World Gothic Narratives.” Storytelling, History, and the Postmodern South, ed. Jason Phillips, Louisiana State UP (2013): 43-69.
“Confessing the Horrors of Radical Individualism in Lancelot: Percy, Dostoevsky, Poe.” A Political Companion to Walker Percy, ed. Peter Augustine Lawler and Brian Smith, UP of Kentucky (2013): 119-144.
“Violence, Nature, and Prophecy in Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy.”
Flannery O’Connor in the Age of Terrorism, ed. Robert Donahoo and Avis Hewitt, U Tennessee P (2010): 143-168.
“Tobias Wolff’s Back in the World: American Dreamers, American Desert, Saving Word.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 48:1 (Fall 2006): 71-89.
“White, Black, and Brown: Reading O’Connor After Richard Rodriguez.” Flannery O’Connor Review 4 (Special Feature: Flannery O’Connor & the Religious Dimension in Latino/a Fiction) (2006): 32-49.
“Joyce and Contesting Priesthoods in Suttree and Blood Meridian.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal 4 (Winter 2005): 123-144. Reprint in You Would Not Believe What Watches: Suttree and Cormac McCarthy’s Knoxville, ed. Rick Wallach. Cormac McCarthy Society (2012): 87-96.
“The Fugitive-Agrarians and the Twentieth-Century Southern Canon.” A Companion to The Regional Literatures of America, ed. Charles L. Crow, Blackwell (2003): 286-305.
“Languages of Mystery: Walker Percy’s Legacy in Contemporary Southern Fiction.” Southern Literary Journal 34:2 (Spring 2002): 97-119.
“The Angelic Artist in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy.” Renascence 53.3 (Fall 2000): 61-79.
“Walker Percy, the Catholic Church, and Southern Race Relations, ca. 1947-1970.” Mississippi
Quarterly 53.1 (Winter 1999-2000): 67-88.
“Irish Stage Identities in Friel’s Translations & Stoppard’s Travesties: Defenders of the Word in an Age of Linguistic Impoverishment.” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 24.2 (Dec. 1998): 1-13.
“The Things They Carried as Composite Novel.” War, Literature, & the Arts 10.2 (Fall-Winter 1998): 289-309. Reprint in Short Story Criticism 74, ed. Joseph Palmisano, Gale Group (2004).
Reprint in The Things They Carried, ed. Harold Bloom, Modern Critical Interpretations Series, Chelsea House (2011).