Professor Emeritus

Department of English

Mount St. Vincent University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada B3M 2J6


Home Address:




1260 Queen St.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada B3J 2H4

Tel. (902) 425-8891



1984 Recipient of the Mount St. Vincent Alumnae Award for Teaching Excellence






Carleton College


Cornell University


Yale University





(for publishers' descriptions, click on the cover)


Phallic Critiques: Masculinity and Twentieth-Century Literature.

London & Boston: Routledge, 1984


Letter Bomb: Nuclear Holocaust and the Exploding Word.

Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992

Fantasm and Fiction: On Textual Envisioning

Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999

The Tears of Things: Melancholy and Physical Objects

Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005


Essays and Chapters:

"Marvell’s Unfortunate Lover as Device." Modern Language Quarterly 35 (1974), 364-375.

"Crashaw’s Perspectivist Metaphor." Comparative Literature 28 (1976), 65-74.

"Herrick’s Fairy State." ELH 46 (1979), 35-55.

"The Masculine Mode." Critical Inquiry 5 (1979), 621-33. Reprinted in Elaine Showalter ed., Speaking of Gender, (Routledge, 1989).

"‘To Make His Saying True’: Deceit in Appleton House." Studies in Philology 77 (1980), 84-104.

"The Flesh Made Word." Dalhousie Review 65 (1986), 283-92.

"Writing the Unthinkable." Critical Inquiry 13 (1986), 33-48.

"Post Nuclear Post Card." Papers in Language and Literature 26:1 (1990), 164-81.

"Nuclear Critics and the Monstrous New." Dalhousie Review 70 (1990), 56-67.

"Circling Ground Zero." PMLA 106 (1991), 251-61.

"Agrippa, or, The Apocalyptic Book." South Atlantic Quarterly 92:4 (1993), special issue on Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture, ed. Mark Dery, 617-26 (issued in paperback by Duke U P, 1994). Reprinted in Postmodern Apocalypse, ed. Richard Dellamora. U of Pennsylvania P, 1995.

"Hiroshima in the Morning." in Thinking Bodies, ed. Juliet Flower MacCannell and Laura Zakarin. Stanford U P, 1994. 109-19.

"America’s Hiroshima, Hiroshima’s America." (Co-authored with John Treat) Boundary 2, 21:1 (1994), 233-53. Reprinted in Asia/Pacific as Space of Cultural Production, ed. Rob Wilson and Arif Dirlik. Duke U P, 1995.

"Prospero’s Books and the Visionary Page." Textual Practice 8:2 (1994), 268-78.

"Barthelme, Freud, and the Killing of Kafka’s Father." In Fictions of Masculinity: Crossing Cultures, Crossing Sexualities, ed. Peter Murphy. New York U P, 1994, 57-73.

"Gertrude Writing Rose Writing Rose." Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 19:3 (1994), 118-121.

"Uncanny Reading." English Studies in Canada, 21:3 (1995), 333-345. Winner of the F. E. L. Priestly Award for the best essay to appear in ESC during 1995.

"Derek Jarman and the Color of the Mind’s Eye." University of Toronto Quarterly 65:2 (1996), 419-426.

"Blake’s Boxes, Coleridge’s Circles, and the Frame of Romantic Vision." Studies in Romanticism 35 (1996), 98-117.

"Corpsing the Image." Critical Inquiry 26 (Spring 2000), 395-413.

"Words and the Murder of the Thing." Critical Inquiry 28 (Autumn 2001), 99-113.

"Still Life: A User's Manual." Narrative 10:2 (2002):149-164.

 "Red Cannas, Sardine Cans, and the Gaze of the Object." Mosaic 35:3 (September 2002): 55-71.

"The Dream Narratives of Debris" SubStance 100 (2003), 75-89.

"Gothic Optics." Gothic Studies 7.1 (May 2005), 102-109.

"Outside the Interior." ESC 31.1 (2005), 1-9.

"The Desiring." George Steeves: Photographs [Exhibition Catalog]. Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, 2007. 39-43

"Chili Pepper Pedagogy." ESC 31.4 (2005), 30-33.


Co-editor, with Melinda Guttman, of a special double issue (41/42) of the Paris journal Les Cahiers du Grif, devoted to "L’imaginaire du nucléaire," November, 1989.

Editor of Interiors, a special issue of ESC (English Studies in Canada) . 31.1 (2005)


Conference Essay On-Line:

"Codex Seraphinianus, Hallucinatory Encyclopedia."  British Council Symposium, Seeing Things: Literature and Visuality, Tours, 2001.


In Progress:

Limen: Literature Between Sleeping and Waking, a study of the strategies used to represent an ambiguous interface between two versions of the subject. Website:



I am linked electronically and otherwise to Steven Bruhm.

and to the Mount St. Vincent English Department