Just a Commons blog, 18 years late…

Welcome to my MLA Commons site. I’m using this space to add a few blog posts on professional topics, primarily about the things I wish colleagues had told me when blogging was still new.

I am Professor of English in the School of the Humanities and Director of the University Core at Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Campus. I’ve been Visiting Professor of English in the graduate program at Simon Fraser University and Assistant Professor (LT) & SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. In Fall 2017, I was Visiting Professor at l’Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès. I also pursue significant studies in Music and performance.

In July 2017, I became Director of FDU Press, and its editorial offices relocated to FDU’s Vancouver campus.

My research interests include Transatlantic Modernism (British, American, Irish, and Canadian), prose and poetry, media studies, cultural studies, genetic criticism, editing, anarchism, radical political thought, and opera.

My most recent monograph, A Modernist Fantasy: Anarchist, Modernism, & the Radical Fantastic, relates late modernism, radicalism, and genre fiction of the 1890s through 1970s. My previous book, Personal Modernisms: Anarchist Networks and the Later Avant-Gardes (2014), recuperated globally dispersed literary groups of the 1930s through 50s. It was followed by a critical edition of Lawrence Durrell’s prose, From The Elephant’s Back: Collected Essays & Travel Writings (2015), to be followed by a companion volume, From a Winter Journal. I am currently co-editing the Robert Graves and Aemilia Laraçuen correspondence, as well as a critical edition of the works of Edward Taylor Fletcher, a Nineteenth Century Canadian poet, philologist, and travel writer.

I also prepared a scholarly edition of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 version of The Picture of Dorian Gray in PDF and ePub in conjunction with a facsimile edition, all of which are released under a Creative Commons license for free non-commercial and non-profit use. A versioned edition of the 1890 and 1891 states is forthcoming in summer 2015 through the Modernist Versions Project. The 1923 and 1924 states of Hemingway’s In Our Time were released in 2015 in editions for classroom use. My scholarly editions of Lawrence Durrell’s novels Pied Piper of Lovers and Panic Spring were published by ELS Editions in 2008. I also completed a scholarly edition of the Henry Miller and Herbert Read correspondence (2007), which focused on anarchist influences on English Surrealism.

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