Curriculum Vitae


Below is a sampling of my publications and scholarship. There are other books and essays that are in progress or forthcoming.

For my complete curriculum vitae, including information on forthcoming publications, editing, teaching, service, and conference presentations, CLICK HERE.





Visualizing Jewish Narrative: Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels. Editor and contributor. Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.





Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narrative. Editor and contributor. Purdue University Press, 2011.





Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. Atlande, 2011. Author, along with Patrick Badonnel and Daniel Royot.





Philip Roth: New Perspectives on an American Author.  Editor and contributor.  Praeger-Greenwood, 2005.




Guest-Edited Special Issues of Journal



The Worlds of the Hernandez Brothers.  Spec. issue of ImageTexT 7.1 (2013).  Guest editor, along with Christopher Gonzales.  Devoted to the comics of Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez.





Woody Allen after 1990.  Spec. issue of Post Script 31.2 (2012).  Guest editor.  Devoted to Woody Allen’s films from the 1990s to the present.




Superheroes and Gender.  Spec. issue of Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 2.1 (2011).  Guest editor, along with Peter Coogan and Mel Gibson.  Devoted to superheroes and gender.




Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation. Spec. issue of Forum for World Literature Studies 3.1 (2011).  Guest editor, along with S.C. Gooch and Juan Meneses.  Devoted to international politics in comics and animation.





Jewish Comics.  Spec. issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 29.2 (2011).  Guest editor.  Devoted to Jewish comics and graphic novels.





Coloring America: Multi-Ethnic Engagements with Graphic Narrative.  Spec. issue of MELUS 32.3 (2007).  Guest editor.  Devoted to multi-ethnic American graphic narrative.



Unfinalized Moments in Jewish American Narrative.  Spec. issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies  22.3  (2004).  Guest editor.  Devoted to contemporary Jewish American fiction.




Philip Roth’s America: The Later Novels.  Spec. issue of Studies in American Jewish Literature 23  (2004).  Guest editor.  Devoted to images of America in Philip Roth’s recent fiction.





Essays in Peer-Reviewed Journals



“Visualizing the Romance: Uses of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Narratives in Comics.”  Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 39.2 (2013).





“The Worlds of the Hernandez Brothers.”  ImageTexT 7.1 (2013).





“Cyrillic Cycles: Uses of Composite Narrative in the Russian Émigré Fiction of Ellen Litman and David Bezmozgis .”   Studies in American Jewish Literature 31.2 (2012): 236-53.






“Falsifying the Fragments: Narratological Uses of Mockumentary in Husbands and Wives and Sweet and Lowdown.”  Post Script 31.2 (2012): 121-41.





“Framing the Cusp of Celebrity: Bob Peterson’s 1968 Photographs of Philip Roth.”  Philip Roth Studies 7.2 (2011): 53-65.




“Sequential Sketches of Ethnic Identity: Will Eisner’s A Contract with God as Graphic Cycle.” College Literature 38.3 (2011): 150-67.





“Jewish Comics; Or, Visualizing Current Jewish Narrative.”  Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 29.2 (2011): 1-12.





“There Goes the Neighborhood: Cycling Ethnoracial Tensions in Will Eisner’s Dropsie Avenue.”  Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 29.2 (2011): 120-45.





“Native Noir: Genre and the Politics of Indigenous Representation in Recent American Comics.”  ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 5.3 (2010).





“Meddling with ‘hifalut’n foolishness’: Capturing Mark Twain in Recent Comics.” The Mark Twain Annual  7  (2009): 22-51.






“What to Make of Roth’s Indignation; Or, Serious in the Fifties.” Philip Roth Studies 5.1 (2009): 125-33.




“To Be Continued…: Serialization and Its Discontent in the Recent Comics of Gilbert Hernandez.”  International Journal of Comic Art. 11.1 (2009): 262-80.





“Sequential Poe-try: Recent Graphic Narrative Adaptations of Poe.”  Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism 39-40 (2007-2008): 55-67.






“Coloring America: Multi-Ethnic Engagements with Graphic Narrative.”  MELUS  32.3 (2007): 7-22.




“Fragmenting the Post-Holocaust Subject: The Uses of the Short-Story Cycle in Thane Rosenbaum’s Elijah Visible.”  Modern Jewish Studies/Yiddish 14.4 (2006).  72-89.





“Plotting the Frames of Subjectivity: Identity, Death, and Narrative in Philip Roth’s The Human Stain.  Contemporary Literature  47  (2006): 114-40.





“Literary Genre as Ethnic Resistance in Maxine Hong Kingston’s Tripmaster Monkey.”  MELUS  29.2  (2004):  141-56.





“Unfinalized Moments in Contemporary Jewish American Narrative.”   Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies  22  (2004):  1-11.





“Eruptions of Performance: Hank Morgan and the Business of Politics.”  The Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought   45   (2003 ): 11-33.





“An Absent Presence: The Rewriting of Hawthorne’s Narratology in John Updike’s S.”   Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction  44 (2002):  73-85.





“The Clinician As Enslaver: Pudd’nhead Wilson and the Rationalization of Identity.”  Texas Studies in Literature and Language  44  (2002):  414-31.






“Postmodern Jewish Identity in Philip Roth’s The Counterlife.”  Modern Fiction Studies 48.2 (2002):  422-43.




“Fictional Realms of Possibility: Reimagining the Ethnic Subject in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.”  Studies in American Jewish Literature  20  (2001): 1-16.






“Camusian Existentialism in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall.”  Modern Drama  43  (2000):  192-203.




“Texts, Lives, and Bellybuttons: Philip Roth’s Operation Shylock and the Renegotiation of Subjectivity.”  Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies  19  (2000):  48-65.





“Terrible Dreams of Creative Power: The Question of No. 44.”  Studies in the Novel  31 (1999):  44-59.




“Shakespeare’s Kingly Mirror: Figuring the Chorus in Olivier’s and Branagh’s Henry V.”  Literature/Film Quarterly  25  (1997):  104-110.






“Forgetting of Pictures over a Long Retention Interval in Young and Older Adults”  (with Denise C. Park, William Dudley, and Roger Morrell). Psychology and Aging  3.1 (1988):  94-95.





Essays in Edited Book Collections


“Illustrating the Uncertainty Within: Recent Comics Adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe.”  Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works.  Ed. Stephen E. Tabachnick and Esther Bendit Saltzman. McFarland, 2015. 60-81. 




“Paying Attention to the Man behind the Curtain: Philip Roth and the Dynamics of Written and Unwritten Celebrity.”  Roth and Celebrity. Ed. Aimee Pozorski. Lexington Books, 2012.  11-28. 




“Drawing Attention: Comics as a Means of Approaching U.S. Cultural Diversity.” Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives: Essays on Theory, Strategy and Practice.  Ed. Lan Dong. McFarland Publishing, 2012.  67-79. 




“Strategies of Narration in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Spider-Man: Blue.” Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man.  Ed. Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner.  McFarland Publishing. 2012.  81-89.




Essays on the Hernandez Brothers’ Love and Rockets and Will Eisner’s Dropsie Avenue in Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes.  Ed. Bart Beaty and Stephen Weiner.  Salem Press. 2012. 212-15, 517-24.




“Plotting a Way Home: The Jewish American Novel.”  A Companion to the American Novel.  Ed. Alfred Bendixen. Blackwell, 2012.  241-58.





“Philip Roth.”   The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Ed. Brian W. Shaffer. Blackwell, 2011.  808-12.





“Gentile on My Mind; Updike, Bech, and the Limits of Ethnic Representation.”  Critical Insights: John Updike. Ed. Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr.  Salem Press, 2011. 33-48.





“Fictional Realms of Possibility: Reimagining the Ethnic Subject in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.” Reading Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. Ed. Velichka D. Ivanova. Toulouse: Presses Universitires du Mirail, 2011. 47-59.




“Plots against America: Language and the Comedy of Conspiracy in Philip Roth’s Early Fiction.” Playful and Serious: Philip Roth as Comic Writer.  Ed. Jay L. Halio and Ben Siegel. University of Delaware Press, 2010.  117-32.




“Contesting the Historical Pastoral in Philip Roth’s American Trilogy.” American Fiction of the 1990s.  Ed. Jay Prosser.  London:Routledge, 2008.  121-34.





“Portnoy’s Neglected Siblings: A Case for Postmodern Jewish American Literary Studies.”  Complicating Constructions: Race, Ethnicity, and Hybridity in American Texts.  Ed. David S. Goldstein and Audrey Thacker.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007.  250-69.




“Roth, Literary Influence, and Postmodernism.”  The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth.  Ed. Timothy Parrish. Cambridge University Press,  2007.  22-34.






Philip Roth: The Plot Against America.” The Literary Encyclopedia. Ed. Robert Clark. Literary Dictionary Company Limited, 2005.




“Pastoral Dreams and National Identity in American Pastoral and I Married a Communist.” Philip Roth: New Perspectives on an American Author. Ed. Derek Parker Royal. Westport, CT: Praeger-Greenwood, 2005. 185-207.




“Texts, Lives, and Bellybuttons: Philip Roth’s Operation Shylock and the Renegotiation of Subjectivity.”  Turning Up the Flame: Philip Roth’s Later Novels.  Ed. Jay L. Halio and Ben Siegel.  University of Delaware Press, 2005.  68-91.




“Fouling Out the American Pastoral: Rereading Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel.”  Upon Further Review: Sports in American Literature.  Eds. Michael Cocchiarale and Scott D. Emmert.  Westport, CT: Praeger-Greenwood,  2004.  157-68.




“Rebel with a Cause: Albert Camus and the Politics of Celebrity.”  Car Crash Culture.  Ed. Mikita Brottman.  New York: Palgrave, 2001.  285-303.









“Heroes and Martyrs.” Interview with Peter Bagge. Peter Bagge: Conversations. Ed. Kent Worcester. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 2015. 142-57.





“Behind ‘The Glowing Belly of the Little Beast’: An Interview with Kim Deitch.”  Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 3.1 (2012): 85-116.





“Nine Questions for Woody Allen: An Interview.” Post Script 31.2 (2012): 9-11.





“Margins within Margins: An Interview with Ruth Knafo Setton and Farideh Dayanim Goldin.” Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narrative. Purdue University Press, 2012. 203-22.




“Picturing American Stories: An Interview with Ben Katchor.” Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narrative. Purdue University Press, 2012. 223-43.





“Palomar and Beyond: An Interview with Gilbert Hernandez.”  MELUS  32.3 (2007): 221-46.





“Tugging at Jewish Weeds: An Interview with Steve Stern.”   MELUS  32.1  (2007): 139-61.





“An Interview with Thane Rosenbaum.”  Contemporary Literature 48 (2007): 1-28.





“The Blood before the Stain: An Interview with Joel Rapp.”  Philip Roth Studies  2.1  (2006): 3-11.






Published Panel Discussions


“Contemporary American Fiction and the Confluence of Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and John Updike: A Roundtable Discussion.”  Ed. Derek Parker Royal.  Philip Roth Studies 7.2 (2011): 145-69.  (With Yvonne Atkinson, Marshall Boswell, David Brauner, Steven Frye, Marni Gauthier).




“Zuckerman Unsound?: A Roundtable Discussion on Philip Roth’s Exit Ghost.”  Ed. Derek Parker Royal.  Philip Roth Studies 5.1 (2009): 3-30.  (With Alan Cooper; Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr.; Michael Rothberg; Ruth Knafo Setton; and Debra Shostak).


“Grave Commentary: A Roundtable Discussion on Everyman.”   Ed. Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr., and Derek Parker Royal.  Philip Roth Studies 3.1 (2007): 3-24.  (With David Brauner; Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr.; Mark Shechner; and Debra Shostak).







“Foreword; Or, A Fine Romance.”  Foreword for Philip Roth’s Postmodern American Romance: Critical Essays on Selected Works.  Jane Statlander.  Peter Lang, 2010.  ix-xi.





“Foreword; Or, Reading within the Gutter.”  Foreword for Approaches to Multicultural Comics: From Zap! to Blue Beetle.  Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama.  U of Texas P, 2010.  ix-xi.





“Foreword: Of Panels and Patrons.”  Foreword for Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History and Cataloging.  Ed. Robert G. Weiner.  McFarland, 2010.  3-4.






Book Reviews

Review of The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches, ed. by Samantha Baskin and Ranen Omer Sherman; Yiddishkeit: The Jewish Vernacular and the New Land, ed. by Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle; Jewish Images in Comics: A Visual History, by Frederick Strömberg; and Superman Is Jewish?: How Comic Book Superheroes Came to Serve Truth, Justice, and the Jewish-American Way, by Harry Brod. MELUS 38.4 (2013): 247-52.




Review of Projections: Comics and the History of Twenty-First Century Storytelling, by Jared Gardner. College Literature 40.4 (2013): 155-58.





Review of The Adventures of VenusJulio’s Day, and Marble Season, by Gilbert Hernandez.  ImageTexT  7.1 (2013).




Review of Siegel and Shuster’s Funnyman: The First Jewish Superhero, from the Creators of Superman, by Thomas Andrae and Mel Gordon.  Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 4.2 (2013): 363-66.





Review of Comics and the U.S. South, edited by Brannon Costello and Qiana J. Whitted.  Studies in American Humor  3.27 (2013): 235-37.





Review of African-American Classics, edited by Tom Pomplun and Lance Tooks, and The Silence of Our Friends, by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell.  Studies in Comics  3.1 (2012): 143-147.




Review of A Comics Studies Reader, edited by Jeet Heer and Kent Worcester. Studies in American Humor  3.25 (2012): 203-06.





Review essay on 500 Essential Graphic Novels: The Ultimate Guide, by Gene Kannenberg;  and The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels, by Danny Fingeroth; The 101 Best Graphic Novels, by Stephen Weiner; and Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know, by Paul Gravett.  International Journal of Comic Art  12.1 (2010): 483-492.





Review of Two Covenants: Representations of Southern Jewishness by Eliza R. L. McGrawThe Journal of Southern History  72 (2006): 727-28 .





Review of Up Society’s Ass, Copper!: Rereading Philip Roth by Mark ShechnerShofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies  24.1 (2005): 152-55.





Review of Philip Roth — Countertexts, Counterlives by Debra Shostak.  Studies in American Jewish Literature 24 (2005):  222-24.





Review of The Visionary Moment: A Postmodern Critique by Paul MaltbySymplokē: A Journal for the Intermingling of Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship  10.1-2  (2002):  208-10.





Review of Woody Allen: A Casebook by Kimball King, ed.  Film Criticism  26.3  (2002):  77-80.




Review of Latent Destinies: Cultural Paranoia and Contemporary U.S. Narrative by Patrick O’DonnellSymplokē: A Journal for the Intermingling of Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship 9.1-2  (2002):  195-97.




Review of The Soup Has Many Eyes: From Shtetl to Chicago – A Memoir of One Family’s Journey through History by Joann Rose Leonard.  Studies in American Jewish Literature, 19  (2000): 82-83.






Bibliographic Scholarship


“The Hernandez Brothers: A Selected Bibliography.”
  ImageTexT  7.1 (2013).






“Philip Roth: A Bibliography of the Criticism, 1994-2003.”  Studies in American Jewish Literature  23  (2004): 145-59.





“Contemporary Jewish American Narrative: A Selected Bibliography.”  Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies  22.3  (2004):  121-30.





“Annual Bibliography, Philip Roth Criticism and Resources.”  Published annually in the fall issues of Philip Roth Studies, 2004-present.





Philip Roth: A Bibliography and Research Guide.  2002-resent.  Continuously updated.  Philip Roth Society