What a Library Means to a Woman:
Edith Wharton and the Will to Collect Books


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Articles and Essays

“The Burial Ground of the Humanities: How DH Pedagogy Separates the Living from the Dead.” Debates in the Digital Humanites, v. 4, eds. Brian Croxall and Diane Jakacki (Minnesota UP): volume forthcoming.

“Getting to Know the Community: Using Raymond Williams’ ‘Knowable Communities’ to Teach Wharton’s Summer.” MLA Approaches to Teaching Edith Wharton, ed. Ferdâ Asya (MLA Publications): volume forthcoming.

“Subscription Libraries and the Making of Nineteenth-Century Female Reading Communities.” Reading Communities , ed. Shafquat Towheed (Open UP – McGraw- Hill Educational Publishers): volume forthcoming.

"Religious Texts in Edith Wharton’s Library.”Edith Wharton Review, 34.1 (2017): 79-85.

"Romancing the Interstitial: Howe, Balzac, and the Substance of Sex in Nineteenth-Century America." Nineteenth-Century Literature, 72.3 (December 2017): 311-332.

"'It's painful to see them think': Wharton, Fin de Siécle Science, and the Authentication of Female Intelligence." JMMLA: The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 49.2 (Fall 2016): 137-160.

"An Impossible Woman: Henry James and the Strange Case of Anne Moncure Crane." American Literary Realism, 49.2 (Winter 2016): 95-113.

"A Month at The Mount: Research and the Unsearchable Archive." Edith Wharton Review (Spring 2015).

"Suffer the Little Vixens: Sex, Jazz, and Realist Terror at the Turn of the Century." JML: Journal of Modern Literature, 38.3 (Spring 2015).

"Of Anarchy and Amateurism: Zine Publication and Traditions of Print Dissent.” JMMLA: The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 14.1 (Fall 2011).

“‘Reading for It’: Lesbian Readers Constructing Culture and Identity through Textual Experience.” Peele, Thomas, ed. Queer Popular Culture. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan (2007).

Public Writing:

“My University is Dying.” The Chronicle of Higher Education--The Chronicle Review, 25 September 2019.

“My Professor's Living Room: Mentorship and the Idea of Academic Bohemia.” Majuscule, Issue 1 (Fall 2019).

“'I Gave Myself to Sin': What Belle and Sebastian Taught Me about Cruelty.” Hyped on Melancholy, Issue 1 (Summer 2019).

“Office Park: The Spheres at Amazon Headquarters.” The Los Angeles Review of Books, 26 April 2019.

“Writers Who Excel at Lists.” The Rambling, 26 January 2019.

“Fantasies of Functional Accumulation: Hoarding in Home Alone.” Avidly, 21 December 2018.

“How textbook rentals undercut students.” Inside Higher Ed, 6 June 2018.

“Oh, the Shit You’ll Do After You’re Tenured!” McSweeney’s, 21 March 2018.

"(De)Composition: or, How Matter Matters." Codex: Essays and Photographs on the Art of the Book, ed. Micah Bloom. University of North Dakota Press (2017).

"In Praise of Not-Not Reading." The Point, 6 April 2017.

"My Neighbor Octavia." Public Books, 15 December 2016.

"Bagpipes: A Rock and Roll History." The Atlantic, 9 July 2016.

"The Puerility of Purity: How Franzen's Latest Novel Rewrites an Edith Wharton Novel You've Probably Never Heard Of." Los Angeles Review of Books, 11 March 2016.

"From Nowhere, and Everywhere." The Chronicle of Higher Education --The Chronicle Review, 31 January 2016.

"Loving the Alien; or, Making Theory Useful to the Undergraduate American Literature Classroom." Pedagogy and American Literary Studies (PALS) - blog, 25 January 2016.

"Engaging the Ghost: Digitzation, Preservation, and the Lessons of a Haunted Library." The Mount - blog, 31 July 2015.


Review of Amity and Prosperity, by Eliza Griswold (Macmillan, 2018). The Cleveland Review of Books, 12 September 2019.

Review of The Biopolitics of Feelings, by Kyla Schuller (Duke UP, 2018). Legacy, 36.1 (spring 2019): pp. 165-7.

Review of Reductive Reading: A Syntax of Victorian Moralizing, by Sarah Allison (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018). ASAP/Journal, 17 June 2019.

Review of None of This is Normal: The Fiction of Jeff VanderMeer, by Benjamin J. Robertson (Minnesota UP, 2018). ASAP/Journal, 14 March 2019.

Review of The Biopolitics of Feeling, by Kyla Schuller (Duke UP, 2018). Legacy, forthcoming

"Fantasies of Form." Review of Forms, by Caroline Levine (Princeton UP, 2015); forthcoming in Criticism, fall 2018.

Review of Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism, eds. Meredith L. Goldsmith and Emily Orlando (University Press of Florida, 2016). Studies in American Naturalism, 16.2 (Spring 2017): 81-4.

Review of Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism, eds. Meredith L. Goldsmith and Emily Orlando (University Press of Florida, 2016). American Literary Realism, 29.3 (Spring 2017): 294-6.