My scholarship explores the literary sources of our shared attitudes toward nature, focusing in particular on the legacy of British Romantic literature. Among other issues, I study how Romantic ideals shape contemporary environmental education. While most of my writing incorporates Romantic writers such as William Wordsworth, I work with a variety of cultural artifacts, including popular nonfiction, movies, and TV. Ecocriticism helps me to frame questions, interpret texts, and interrogate public discourse.
All of my research is driven by the conviction that literature can be a powerful agent of hope, and a motivator of ethical action. In this spirit, my work aims ultimately to invigorate classroom practice and to promote cross-disciplinary conversations.
“Feeling Letdown: Affect, Environmentalism, and the Power of Negative Thinking” in Affective Ecocriticism: Emotion, Embodiment, Envrironment, Ed. Jennifer Ladino and Kyle Bladow (forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press, 2018).
Wordsworth and the Green Romantics: Affect and Ecology in the Nineteenth Century. Co-edited with Seth T. Reno. University of New Hampshire Press, 2016.
“Reading, Romanticism, and Affect in Environmental Education.” In Wordsworth and the Green Romantics.
“Introduction: Recovering Ecology’s Affects.” With Seth T. Reno. In Wordsworth and the Green Romantics.
“The Miseducation of Chris McCandless: Romanticism, Reading, and Environmental Education.” In
Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies. Ed. Dewey Hall. Lexington Books, 2016.
On (not) Hugging Trees: Affect, Emotion, and Ecology in Wordsworth’s ‘Nutting.” Interdisciplinary Literary
Studies 18.2 (2016): 257-281.
“‘Shallow’ Estates and the ‘Deep’ Wild: The Landscapes of Charlotte Smith’s Fiction.” Tulsa Studies in
Women’s Literature 34.2 (2015): 249-272.
“Discriminating Vision: Rereading Place in Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes.” Prose Studies. 34.3 (2012):