Ph.D., M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.A. University of Alabama
I teach a wide range of courses in the German Studies Department, including beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in language and literature. My scholarly interests include W.G. Sebald, and the literary relations between Germany and Britain.
From 1990 to 1999, I served as chair of the German Studies Department. I spent several years directing Davidson Junior Year Abroad in Marburg and Würzburg. I was also director of the Self-Instructional Languages Program for many years.
Euphorion articles in collaboration with T.H. Pickett on Bettina von Arnim's self-translation into English, Sarah Austin's relationship with Prince Pueckler-Muskau... interest in German versions of Shakespeare.
This remarkable contemporary writer (Susan Sontag has called his work "sublime... unlike anything you've ever read") is the subject of a book written for the University of South Carolina Press. Sebald was a professor of German who lived in England for 30 years. He started writing in his mid-40s. Try his novels Vertigo,The Rings of Saturn, or the more recent Austerlitz.
Read my books, Understanding W. G. Sebald (USC Press, 2003), which was selected as a Choice 2003 Outstanding Academic Title, and W. G. Sebald: History - Memory - Trauma (de Gruyter, 2006), which I co-edited with Scott Denham. See also articles on Sebald in the journals Style and Philosophy and Literature as well as numerous reviews of books on Sebald.