Fields of Research:


B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

20th century and contemporary literature and theory, gender studies, psychoanalytic literary theory. Millennial theory (Deleuze, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Vattimo, Virilio); the aesthetics of changing technological, scientific and cultural paradigms.


For the past several years, I have been lecturing and teaching worldwide, as part of my research on globalism and millennial theory. In 1995 and 1996 I was keynote speaker at the University of Nanjing and the University of Beijing in the People's Republic of China and at Cyberconf 96, the international conference on new media sponsored by Telefonica. In 1997 I taught seminars at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University in South Africa and at the Janos Pannonius and Svegad Universities in Hungary, and lectured in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (Sociedad Psychanlica Internacional). In 2000, I spent a semester at the University of Melbourne (Australia) as Distinguished Visitor; gave a series of public lectures at the India Institute of Technology in New Delhi; lectured in Japan at Kyoto University and the University of Yokahama as well as at the Institute for Media Arts and Sciences; and at the Harvard Center for Cultural Studies, Lacan faculty and analyst seminar. This year, I am participating in an ongoing seminar at Cornell Medical School, New York City, History of Psychiatry Division. I have just completed a term as Chair of the MLA National Division of Psychoanalytic Approaches to Literature.





Recent Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Has Oedipus Signed Off?: Zizek on the Cyberfield” Special issue on Zizek: Para-graph (Oxford University Press), July 2001.
  • “Becoming-Woman: Deleuze and the Molecular Unconscious” in Deleuze and Feminist Theory, Ian Buchanan and Claire Colebrook, eds. (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2000).
  • “Overdetermined Oedipus: Mommy, Daddy and Me as Desiring-Machine” in A Deleuzian Century (London and Raleigh, Duke University Press, 1999).
  • “The Listening Eye: Paranoia and Postmodernism” Diacritics 1997.
  • “Skewing the Subject: Lacan and Paranoid Knowledge” New Literary History 1997.
  • “Overdetermined Oedipus”, South Atlantic Quarterly, 1997.

Graduate Courses:

  • Introduction to Theory
  • Literary Freud
  • Literary Lacan
  • Critical Theory
  • Psychoanalysis and Literature
  • Millennial Theory
  • Postmodernism
  • French Women Writers
  • Myth and Modernity
  • Foucault (with R. Lockwood)

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Surrealism, Myth, and Modernity, Gender
  • Myth and Modernity: Senior Seminar
  • 20th-Century Theater
  • 20th-Century Women Writers
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • Women, Culture and Society
  • Surrealism
  • Psychoanalysis and Literature
  • Introduction to Theory
  • Postmodernism and Millennialism

Program Connections:

Women's Studies
Comparative Literature
Honors Program