B.A. (Hamilton College), M.A. (Chicago), Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
Associate Provost (Graduate Education) Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Narrative theory, literary theory, William Faulkner, critical intellectual history, Tony Morrison, interdisciplinarity, and historical fiction.
University of Western Ontario, University of Virginia, University of Tel Aviv.
- SSHRC Research Grant, 1992-97
- member of ACCUTE Executive, 1991-93
- Editorial Board of Twentieth Century Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, and The Faulkner Journal
- former Editorial Advisor for Literary Theory and Criticism for the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2000-2003
- elected delegate to the Modern Language Association, 1996-99
- member of the Selection Committee for the William Riley Parker Prize, MLA, 1998-2002 (Chair, 2001-2002)
- member of the Selection Committee for the Barbara and George Perkins Award, Society for the Study of Narrative Literature (2003- 2005)
- Jury Member for the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme Book Prize (2006)
- Chair of the Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Prize Selection Committee, Northeastern Association of Graduate Studies (2005-2006)
- Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools
- member of the executive of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools
- member of the Council of Graduate Schools
- former Chair of the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies
The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, 2nd Edition, with Michael Groden and Imre Szeman (2004; Electronic Edition, 2005).
Special issue of Mississippi Quarterly on William Faulkner and Multi-Textuality (2004)
Constructive Criticism: The Human Sciences in the Age of Theory, with Thomas Carmichael (1995).
Theory Between the Disciplines: Authority/Vision/Politics, with Mark Cheetham (1995)
William Faulkner: The Making of a Novelist (1983).
He has contributed to various volumes of criticism and published articles and reviews in Poetics Today, New Literary History, American Literature, Mississippi Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies,and Arizona Quarterly.
In progress, "Narrativity and Disciplinarity"; "Remapping Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha"; ed. Mississippi Quarterly volume on Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha; and a revised and expanded version of the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism.