postmodern fiction, fiction after 9/11, postmodern theory, transnational literature and politics, poetry and poetics, twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, literature and science, multimodal literature, literature of immigration
Works in Progress
Transnational Politics and the Post-9/11 Novel (monograph)
"The Politics of Narrative: J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year" (essay)
Design and Debris: A Chaotics of Postmodern American Fiction. Tuscaloosa and London: University of Alabama Press, 2002. 272 pages.
Unending Design: The Forms of Postmodern Poetry. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991. 314 pages.
Dictionary of Literary Biography 165, 169 and 193: American Poets Since World War II (Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Series). Detroit: Gale Research Press, 1996, 1998. 377, 404 and 451 pages.
Articles and Book Chapters
"The Multimodal Icon: Sight, Sound and Intellection in Recent Poetries." Passage 69 (Summer 2013): 7-20. Special issue on “Lyric at the Crossroads,” edited by Louise Mønster and Peter Stein Larsen, Aarhus University Press, Denmark. Translated into Danish.
“A Man Called Cody: Race and the ‘Passing’ of a Sicilian in New Orleans.” Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture. Ed. Dennis Barone and Peter Covino. New York: Bordighera Press and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 2012. 23-8.
“Writing amid the Ruins: 9/11 and Cosmopolis.” The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo. Ed. John N. Duvall. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 179-192.
“Don DeLillo’s Falling Man and the Age of Terror.” Modern Fiction Studies 57.3 (Fall 2011): 559-83. Special issue on “Fiction after 9/11.”
“Gilbert Sorrentino: A Crystal Vision.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 51.2 (2010): 140-46. Special issue, “An American Requiem: Elegies for Twelve American Novelists.”
“The Virtual Reader: Cybernetics and Technocracy in William Gibson and Bruce Sterling’s The Difference Engine.” The Holodeck in the Garden: Science and Technology in Contemporary American Fiction. Ed. Peter Freese and Charles B. Harris. Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2004. 28-52.
“The Smooth and the Striated: Compositional Texture in the Modern Long Poem.”Modern Language Studies 27.2 (1997): 57-71.
“The Uncertain Predictor: Calvino’s Castle of Tarot Cards.” Literature and Science (Rodopi Perspectives on Modern Literature 14). Ed. Donald Bruce and Anthony Purdy. Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Editions Rodopi, 1994. 131-47.
“Metaphor and Metonymy in Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds.” The Review of Contemporary Fiction 5.1 (1985): 128-134.
Awards and Fellowships
University at Buffalo Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellow, 2013-14