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Clemson University (B.A.)
University of South Carolina (M.A., Ph.D.)
19th century and 20th century American literature; road culture and tourism theory; Mark Twain; American humor and satire
Popular humor; satire; road and car cultures; tourism; and landscape imagination
Mark Twain, Travel Books, and Tourism: The Tide of a Great Popular Movement. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002, rpt. 2009.
Mark Twain on the Move: A Travel Reader. Co-edited with Alan Gribben. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2009.
“’Immediate Consciousness’ and the American Open Road: Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” Studies in Travel Writing 17.4 (2013): 398-410.
“Mark Twain and the Middle Landscape in Paint and Print.” Mark Twain Journal 48.1-2 (2010 ): 14-28.
“Keeping the Faith in Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad.” South Atlantic Review 64.2 (1999): 58-80.
“The Tourist as Art Critic: Mark Twain and the Old Masters.” Studies in American Culture 22.2 (1999): 61-69.
“The Trouble with Tourists: Authenticity and the Failure of Tourism.” Popular Culture Review 10.2 (1999): 9-19.
“Touring Decay: Nineteenth-Century American Travel Writers in Europe.” Papers on Language and Literature 35.2 (1999): 206-22.
“Tourism and Landscape in The Awakening.” Critical Insights: The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Ed. Robert C. Evans. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press/Grey House Publishing, 2014. 162-75.
“The Subversion of Happy Endings in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.” The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World . Ed. Jeff Birkenstein, Anna Froula, and Karen Randell. New York: Wallflower Press/Columbia UP, 2013. 66-78. –co-written with Eric Sterling.
“Seeing the River: Mark Twain’s Landscape Imagination.” Mark Twain’s Geographical Imagination. Ed. Joseph A. Alvarez. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 101-15.
“Mark Twain and Travel Writing.” A Companion to Mark Twain. Ed. Louis Budd and Peter Messent. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005. 338-53.