Director of Bucknell University Press
- Ph.D., Cambridge
- Britain and the Orient 1660-1860
- Law and literature; landscape and literature
- Memory and literature; sense and sensibility in the enlightenment
- The English and European Novel
- Fiction, narrative, and history
- Johnson, Austen, and other authors 1600-1850
Current Projects and Research Interests
- Book MS on (1) "Narrative and the Ends of Law, 1660-1960"and (2) "The Dream of the Orient: China & British Cultural Practice from the Jesuits to the Opium Wars."
- Borges and Johnson. Jorge Luis Borges' Critical and Biographical Commentary on Samuel Johnson in Conversation with Adolfo Bioy Cesares, In Spanish and English. With Introduction and Notes. Co-translated with Manuel Delgado Morales
- "Enlightenment Circularity and Exchange: The Diplomatic Career and Writings of Sir George Macartney 1737-1806."
- "Sociability and Enlightenment at the Cape of Good Hope: Lady Anne Barnard, Past and Present."
- Essays on Johnson and children, and Johnson on the entail of the Auchinleck Estate.
- J.D. Fleeman Fellow; University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 2013
- James Smith Noel Foundation Fellow; University of Louisiana at Shreveport, 2012
- Donald and Mary Hyde Fellow, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Fall 2006
- Frederick A. and Marion S. Pottle Fellow, Beinecke Library, Yale University, Spring 2003
- Visiting Senior Fellow, St. Edmund's College, Cambridge, 1999-2000
- Bogliasco Fellow, Bogliasco Foundation, Italy, Fall 1999
"The Enlightenment Encyclopedia and the Dream of Comprehensiveness: The Example of Samuel Johnson, " The International Journal of the Humanities 8:4 (2010), 163-76. Electronic version
"Translating Memory: Dryden, Oldham, and Friendship" 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, Special issue on Metaphor, ed. Mark A. Pedreira (AMS Press, 2011).
"Hawkins, Biography, and the Law," inReconsidering Biography: Contexts, Controversies, and Sir John Hawkins' "Life of Johnson," ed. Martine Watson Brownley (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2011).
"Delirious God: Reflections on the Text, the Book, and the Library," in Precision as Profusion: Textual Studies and the Enlarged Eighteenth Century, ed. Kevin Cope and Robert Leitz III (Bucknell University Press, 2011).
Co-Ed and contributor, Samuel Johnson after 300 Years (Cambridge UP, 2009)
Ed and contributor, Sustaining Literature: Essays on Literature, History, and Culture 1500-1800 (AUP, 2007)
Johnson, Writing, and Memory (Cambridge UP, 2002, 2005)
Boswell: the Life of Johnson (Cambridge UP, 1992, 2008)
Ed and contributor, The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson (Cambridge UP, 1997, 2005)
Co-author, Literary Transmission and Authority: Dryden and Other Writers (Cambridge UP, 1993, 2006)
Ed and contributor, Questioning History: The Postmodern Turn to the Eighteenth Century (AUP, 1998)
Ed and contributor, Making History: Textuality and the Forms of Eighteenth-Century Culture (AUP, 1998)
Cultural Difference in George Macartney's An Embassy to China 1792-1794" (18th-Century Life — forthcoming).
"Johnson and China" (Age of Johnson--forthcoming).
"Delirious God: Reflections on the Text, the Book, and the Library," in Textual Studies: Precision as Profusion and the Enlarged Eighteenth Century, ed. Kevin L. Cope and Robert C. Leitz III (Bucknell UP, 2012), 249-68.
"Hawkins, Biography, and the Law," in Reconsidering Biography: Contexts, Controversies, and Sir John Hawkins' "Life of Johnson," ed. Martine Watson Brownley (Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2011), pp. 137-54.
"The Enlightenment Encyclopedia and the Dream of Comprehensiveness: The Example of Samuel Johnson," The International Journal of the Humanities 8:4 (2010), 163-76.
"Translating Memory: Dryden, Oldham, and Friendship," 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Period, vol. 18 (AMS Press, 2011), 233-54
"Johnson, Ends, and the Possibility of Happiness" in Samuel Johnson After 300 Years (Cambridge UP, 2009), pp. 33-54.
"Translating Difference: The Example of Dryden's Last Parting of Hector and Andromache," Studies in the Literary Imagination, 33:2 (2000), 45-70
"Double Writing: The Erotics of Narrative in Boswell's Life of Johnson," in James Boswell: Psychological Interpretations ed. Donald J. Newman (St. Martin's Press, 1995), pp. 189-214.