Director of Bucknell University Press

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Cambridge

Teaching Interests

  • 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.

Recent Awards

  • 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

Selected Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

"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).

BOOKS

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)

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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)

ARTICLES

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.

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