- current research centers on aesthetics, method, and interpretation. The Limits of Critique (Chicago UP, 2015), on the role of suspicion in literary criticism, was widely reviewed and the subject of forums in PMLA, Religion and Literature, and the American Book Review. Similar issues are explored in an edited collection, Critique and Postcritique, co-edited with Elizabeth Anker (Duke University Press, 2017). Hooked: Art and Attachment, which asks how and why we get stuck to works of art, will be published by Chicago UP in fall 2020. I am starting a new book on the contemporary Frankfurt School and its relevance for literary studies. I also have longstanding interests in feminist theory, modernity and postmodernity, genre (especially tragedy), comparative literature, and cultural studies. At Virginia, I regularly teach the following courses: Critical Methods; Aesthetics and Politics; Comparative and Transnational Studies; Theories of Reading.
In 2016 I was awarded a Niels Bohr Professorship by the Danish National Research Foundation to lead a large research project on "Uses of Literature: The Social Dimensions of Literature," and I am spending fall semesters at the University of Southern Denmark for five years.