At Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, I have taught a variety of courses both within and without my main areas of interest. In all of my teaching, I seek to engage students in the mechanics of language and aesthetic form in order to provide them with a broad literacy of the historical and social conventions of writing.
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350:309 Victorian Literature (Summer 2014)
Victorian literature is first and foremost defined temporally as the literature and art produced in Britain during the reign of Queen Victorian from 1837 until her death in 1901. Yet, within that definition exists an implicit corollary; that is, Victorian literature is defined by its relation to space. Some of the most sophisticated re-appraisals of Victorian literature in the last two decades have been attuned to this relation to space. How are social spaces created? How are those various spaces divided and who has access to them? How does the idea of personal, social, or geographic space change or develop over the course of the Victorian era? More importantly, how does Victorian literature and culture respond to the conflicts and contradictions surrounding the social distribution of space?
While this course is principally a broad survey of the major authors, artists, and ideas of the Victorian age, it will also proceed as an exploration of the concept of “space” within this cultural archive. We will analyze how the major genres and modes of Victorian literature, art, and culture—novels, drama, poetry, social critique, and the visual arts—theorized space and differentiated among spaces. From the space of the corporeal body to the domestic hearth, the raucous social space of the theater to the imperial space of the colonies, this course will attempt to describe space as a multivalent and contested idea during the Victorian era.
350:219 Introduction to Poetry (Spring 2014)
This course introduces the skills and concepts of the study of poetry and poetics, with a primary focus on British and American poetry. Class sections and assignments concentrate on identifying and interpreting the components of poetry and poetic language, including rhythm, meter, rhyme, form, diction, syntax, figurative discourse, and genre. The course also introduces key critical debates about the contexts of poetry (personal, cultural, historical), as well as theories of interpretation, from the material dimension of poetry to its transformations in the age of digital technology. The goal of the course is to provide students with the necessary interpretive toolkit for making arguments about how the poetic text operates and what meanings can be made of it.
350:219 Introduction to Poetry (Fall 2012)—Mentored Teaching Assistantship
This course was a Mentored Teaching Assistantship with Professor Jonah Siegel of the English Department at Rutgers University. In addition to preparing personal lectures on Walt Whitman and Thomas Hardy, I led two discussion sections of approximately 15 students each, which met weekly. Students completed four papers of varying lengths throughout the term.