(Essays and Reviews)


“How I Got Bored With Feminism–And Why It Still Matters.” Double XX, May 11, 2009.

“Breath’s End: Opera and Mortality.” In Hilary Poriss and Rachel Cowgill, eds., The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

“Notes on Notes on Camp.” In Barbara Ching and Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, eds., The Scandal of Susan Sontag. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

“The Lesbianism of Philip Larkin.” In Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2007: 136 (2). Rpt. in Zachary Leader, ed., The Movement Reconsidered: Essays on Larkin, Amis, Gunn, Davie and Their Contemporaries. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Introduction to Victorine by Maude Hutchins. New York: New York Review of Books, 2008.

Entries on ‘Mr. Pooter,” “The Death of Oscar Wilde,” “The Sitwells and Façade” for 1001 Books: Over a Century of the Greatest Books, Writers, Characters, Passages and Events That Rocked the Literary World (Little Black Books). Ed. Lucy Daniel. London: Cassell, 2007.

“Pulp Valentine: Patricia Highsmith’s Erotic Lesbian Thriller.” Slate, May 23, 2006.

Introduction to The Illusionist by Françoise Mallet-Joris. San Francisco: Cleis Press, 2006.

“The Gothic Novel.” In John Richetti, ed., The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660-1780. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

“Our First View of the End of the World,” Chronicle of Higher Education, November 5, 2004. Featured as lead article on Arts and Letters Daily website, week of Nov. 5, 2004. Rpt. Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science, 12 (Spring/Summer 2005).

“i-Pod, Therefore I Am,” American Scholar, Summer 2004.

Review of The Birth of Pleasure, by Carol Gilligan, Los Angeles Times Book Review, 28 July 2002.

“Afterword: ‘It Was Good, Good, Good’.” In Laura Doan and Jay Prosser, eds., Palatable Poison: Rereading Radclyffe Hall’s ‘The Well of Loneliness.’ New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.

“Lesbian Aesthetics: A Historical View.” In Michael Kelly, ed., Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Introduction to The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Excerpts from introduction rpt. in Larry Trudeau, ed., Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism (Milford, Mi.: The Gale Group, 2002).

“Masquerade.” International Encyclopedia of Dance. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

Review of Byron: The Flawed Angel by Phyllis Grosskurth, New York Times Book Review, 13 April 1997.

Introduction to Emma by Jane Austen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

“Women and Literary Criticism.” In H.B. Nisbet and Claude Rawson, eds., The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism. Vol. IV. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

“In Praise of Brigitte Fassbaender.” In Corinne Blackmer and Patricia J. Smith, eds., En Travesti: Women, Gender, Subversion, Opera, 20-58. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.

“Geisterhafte Politik: Der Glaube an Erscheinungen und die romantische Imagination” (Spectral Politics: Apparition Belief and the Romantic Imagination). Trans. Robert Lumer. In Wolfgang Klein and Waltraud Naumann-Beyer, eds., Nach der Aufklärung? Beiträge zum Diskurs der Kulturwissenschaften, 67-94. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1995.