One of fourteen projected volumes of Henry Thoreau’s Journal in the Princeton Edition of his writings, Journal 6: 1853, edited by William Rossi, records how Thoreau divided his energies during this period between increasingly professional field studies as a naturalist in Concord and the revision of his Walden manuscript: two imaginative projects that fed one another.
I teach courses at all levels of the English curriculum, including lower- and upper-division undergraduate courses in American and environmental literature as well as graduate seminars. Among those recently taught:
- ENG 469 Senses of Place in American Literature
- HC 441 Honors College Science Colloqu. w/Prof. Kathy Cashman
- ENG 660 Science and 19th Century American Literary Culture
Recent publications include, Norton Critical Edition of Henry D. Thoreau, Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Writings, 3rd ed. (W.W. Norton, 2008); "Evolutionary Theory" in The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism, ed. Joel Myerson, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, and Laura Dassow Walls (Oxford, 2010); "Performing Loss, Elegy, and Transcendental Friendship," New England Quarterly 81 (2008); “Thoreau’s Multiple Modernities,” in Thoreauvian Modernities: Transatlantic Conversations on an American Icon, ed. François Specq, Michel Granger, and Laura Dassow Walls (Georgia, 2013), and, with John T. Lysaker, Emerson and Thoreau: Figures of Friendship (Indiana, 2010).
I work on nineteenth-century American literature and culture with particular research interests in New England Transcendentalism, history of science (especially evolutionary discourse), environmental writing, and "place studies."