University of Iowa
Language and literary scholar; Educator
Humanities and Arts
Literature and Language Studies
James O. Freedman Professor of Letters. Interdisciplinary scholar whose books encompass a number of academic fields--Victorian fiction, film studies, art history, and poetics. Despite this diversity, established a critical method, namely, focusing on a unique detail--for example, paintings depicting people reading--to open up a larger inquiry. Books include Reading Voices: Literature and the Phonotext (1990), Framed Time: Toward a Postfilmic Cinema (2007), and Novel Violence: A Narratography of Victorian Fiction (2009).