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The Indian Chief as Tragic Hero: Native Resistance and the Literatures of America, from Moctezuma to Tecumseh. University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

American Captivity Narratives: An Anthology.  Houghton-Mifflin/Riverside, 2000

"Les Sauvages Américains:" Representations of Native Americans in French and English Colonial Literature. University of North Carolina Press, 1997

Selected Articles:

"Plotting the Natchez Massacre: Le Page du Pratz, Dumont de Montigny, Chateaubriand."   Early American Literature 37:3

“The Mammoth: Endangered Species or Vanishing Race?”  JEMCS 1:1

"Defying Assimilation, Confounding Authenticity: The Case of William Apess." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 11:1


I'm a specialist in colonial and Early American Literature from the sixteenth through early nineteenth centuries. I have a particular interest in French colonial history and literature, in the exploration and cartography of North America, in Native American literature and ethnohistory, and in natural history and eco-criticism.  Some titles of  courses I have developed and taught at the UO include:

ENG 615 "Theorizing Ecocriticism: Pastoralism in America; Nature, Subsistence, Leisure, and Labor" ENG 364 "Early American Ethnic Autobiography"

Comparative Lit. 413 "Conquest and Cultural Representation in the Americas"

ENG 479 "Poe, Hawthorne, Brown: American Gothic"

ENG 410 "Literature, Natural History, and the Problem of America"