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.
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).
“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.