Distinguished Professor, English Department
Ph.D., University of California, 1975
Areas of Interest
Contemporary fiction, American and global
Nation in literature: diaspora, citizenship and belonging
Postcolonial theory and literature
Women writers, feminism
Metahistorical fiction and alternative pasts
Transnational women writers and cultural belonging
Books and Recent Articles
Transnational Women's Fiction: Unsettling Home and Homeland (2008)
Doubled Plots: Romance and History (2003)
Fiction in the Quantum Universe (1992)
"'I am a thing apart': Toni Morrison, A Mercy, and American Exceptionalism." Critique 54.2 (2013), 109-23.
"Producing Exile: Diasporic Vision in Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun." Modern Fiction Studies 57.4 (2011), 650-72.
"Rewriting Darkness: Imperial Knowledge in Barry Unsworth's Sacred Hunger." Studies in the Novel 43.1 (2011), 75-93.
Recent Courses Taught
Fictions of Nation
Contesting American Identity
Australian and Canadian Fiction
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching