American Literature, short fiction, literary nationalism, and modernism.
2009 Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship, University of Virginia; 2005-2006 ATLAS Grant; 2003 NEH Senior Fellowship; 2001-2002 Guggenheim Fellowship; LSU Distinguished Research Master, 1999. LSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award 1993; Pushcart Prize Selection, 1982; NEH Travel-to-Collections Grant, 1988; Phi Beta Kappa, 1973.
The American Novel to 1870, ed. with Leland S. Person, Vol. 5 of the Oxford History of the Novel in English(New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
Poe and the Remapping of Antebellum Print Culture, co-ed. (2012); Modern American Short Story Sequences (paperback, 2010); The Life of Black Hawk, ed. (2008); The Portable Edgar Allan Poe, ed. (2006); Romancing the Shadow: Poe and Race, co-ed. (2001); Oxford Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe, ed. (2001); French Connections: Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad, co-ed. (1998); Modern American Short Story Sequences, ed. (1995); The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and the Abyss of Interpretation (1995); Imagining Paris : Exile, Writing, and American Identity (1993); Poe, Death, and the Life of Writing (1987); American Letters and the Historical Consciousness: Essays in Honor of Lewis P. Simpson, co-ed. (1987); The Astonished Traveler: William Darby, Frontier Geographer and Man of Letters (1981).
“Hemingway, Paris, and the Modernist Milieu” in Ernest Hemingway in Context, ed. Debra Moddelmog and S. Del Gizzo (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013), 153-62.
“Poe’s ‘American’ Turn: Opposing Nationalism, Appeasing the Nationalists,” in Poe Writing/Writing Poe, ed. R. Kopley and J. Argersinger (New York: AMS Press, 2013), 99-126.
“Hemingway’s Gender Trouble,” in Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden: Twenty-Five Years of Criticism, ed. Suzanne Del Gizzo and Frederic Svoboda (Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 2011), 167-84 [reprinted from American Literature]
“Fitzgerald, Race Theory, and Transnational Experience” (2011); “Unwinnable Wars, Unspeakable Wounds: Locating ‘The Man That Was Used Up'” (2008); “Cooper’s Europe and his Quarrel with America” (2007); “Angling for Affection: Absent Fathers, Fatherhood, and Fishing in A Farewell to Arms” (2006); "The Short Story and the Story Sequence” (2005); "'A Mania for Composition': Poe's Annus Mirabilis and the Violence of Nation-building" (2005); "Fitzgerald, 'One Trip Abroad,' and the Sense of an Ending" (2005); "Poe, Fitzgerald, and the American Nightmare" (2004); "National Narrative and the Problem of American Nationhood" (2004); "Incubi Nazionale di Poe" (2004); "Early Nineteenth-Century American Literature" (ALS, 2003, 2002); "Fitzgerald's Expatriate Years and the European Stories" (2001); "Imperiled Communities in Edward P. Jones 's Lost in the C ity and Dagoberto Gilb 's The Magic of Blood" (2001); "Doing Country: Hemingway's Geographical Imagination"(1999); "Figuring the Damage: Fitzgerald's 'Babylon Revisited' and Hemingway's 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro'"(1998); "The Violence of Melancholy: Poe Against Himself"(1996); "Hemingway, Hadley, and Paris: The Persistence of Desire," The Cambridge Companion to Ernest Hemingway (1996).
Member, Hemingway Foundation and Society Board, 1998-2006 ; Vice President, 2000-2006;Poe Studies Association, President 1996-99; Vice-President 1992-95; Journal of the Short Story in English, advisory editor, 1982-; Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism, editorial board 1999- .
- Paris: The Luminous Years, for the Public Broadcasting System, premiered Dec. 15,
2010, consultant and commentator.
- Never, independent film on Poe produced at Virginia Tech University, 2010. Commentator.
- Hemingway in Cuba, for Florida Public Television, premiered January 27, 2003, interviewed in Cuba.
- Poe’s Tales of Terror, for The Learning Channel “Great Books” series, premiered 30 October 2001, consultant and commentator.
- The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe, for A & E “Biography” series, premiered 27 Oct. 1994, consultant and commentator.