(Ph.D., Emory University, 1985), Professor, has particular interests in ethical theory, 18th-C fiction, Restoration comedy, and 18th-C Scotland. She has published essays on a variety of topics in eighteenth-century studies. She is the author of Character and Consciousness in Eighteenth-Century Comic Fiction (U of Georgia, 1992) and Laurence Sterne Revisited (Twayne, 1996). Her book Women Novelists and the Ethics of Desire 1684-1814: In the Voice of Our Biblical Mothers, published by Ashgate Press in 2008, was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Her co-edited (with Jennifer Preston Wilson) MLA Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Henry Fielding was published in early 2016, and her monograph Restoration Stage Comedies and Hollywood Remarriage Films: In Conversation with Stanley Cavell was published in the Fall of 2016 by Routledge in the series British Literature in Context in the Long Eighteenth Century.
Currently, she working on a monograph tentatively entitled Tears for Monimia: She-Tragedy and Literary Jacobitism Before Scott. Recent editorial projects include the Enlightenment volume for the Bloomsbury Cultural History of Comedy (published March 2020), a special issue of the European Romantic Review on Women and Protest. She continues to serve as co-editor of Samuel Richardson's Sir Charles Grandison for Cambridge University Press's Complete Works of Samuel Richardson (forthcoming 2022) and Anna Barbauld's Literary Criticism for Oxford University Press's Complete Works of Anna Letitia Barbauld.
Links to recent work:
Women and Protest, European Romantic Review, introduction
"'I See My Life in Full Review': The Poetry of Leonard Cohen's Dear Heather," SAR 87 (2022): 141-60.