|2010 ‐ Present||Professor, Boise State University ‐ Department of English|
Honors and Awards
- Finalist for the Course Design Contest sponsored by Romantic Circles/ North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
- Arts and Humanities Research Fellow, Boise State University, 2012-2013
- Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellow, 2013
- Calvert Award, Outstanding Paper in English Studies, A.C.E.T.A., 2009
- John Eliot Scholarship, for study at Cambridge University, Harvard Alumni Association, 1995
- Romantic Literature
- Victorian Literature
- Wordsworth and Coleridge
Forthcoming Works (4)
Works in Progress (1)
Wordless Words: Children, Language, and Nature's Ministry in 'The Nightingale: A Conversation Poem' Coleridge Bulletin (2009)
In the notebook entries of the 1790s, Coleridge devoted considerable attention to observing his children’s growth, particularly their early attempts at language and their relationship to nature. These musings on children deeply influence the conversation ...
Transatlantic Transcendentalism: Coleridge, Emerson, and Nature Faculty Authored Books (2013)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge's thought galvanized Emerson at a pivotal moment in his intellectual development in the years 1826-1836, giving him new ways to harmonize the Romantic triad of nature, spirit, and humanity. Emerson did not ...
Book Reviews (2)
Beyond Romantic Ecocriticism: Toward Urbanatural Roosting Review 19 (2011)
One of S.T. Coleridge's many passions was "the Science of Words, their use and abuse and the incalculable advantages attached to the habit of using them appropriately..." (Aids to Reflection 7). This passion drove Coleridge to ...
Samantha Harvey Reads Coleridge's Afterlives Coleridge Bulletin (2009)
Before reviewing James Vigus and Jane Wright’s fascinating collection of essays, I must note that John Beer’s excellent afterword to the volume weaves together the multiplicitous strands of Coleridge’s afterlives into a truly Coleridgean unity. ...
The Idea of Nature in Transatlantic Romanticism The Idea of Nature in Transatlantic Romanticism (2013)
"The Idea of Nature in Transatlantic Romanticism," and an accompanying public lecture series at Boise State that is entering its third year, are both based on the underlying premise that "big questions need interdisciplinary answers." ...
"The Idea of Nature" Public Lecture Series (9)
2016 Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series Schedule (Flyer) The Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series (2016)
March 3, 2016. Ellen Wohl, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University. “Messy Rivers are Healthy Rivers” Perceptions of river health are influenced by expectations regarding the appearance of a natural river, but appearance depends on ...
Romanticism, Blake, and the Politics of Nature (Lecture) The Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series (2012)
Because politics is a distinctly human activity, we often think of nature as something that exists apart from the political realm. However, in an era of revolutionary turmoil, William Blake, who championed “England’s green and ...
Henry David Thoreau and Health in Nature (Lecture) The Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series (2012)
As if he had always been looking to the future, Thoreau’s idea of health remains astonishingly relevant. He senses the danger of environmentally-linked and environmentally-caused illness. He promotes wellness of body, mind, and spirit together, ...
On Metaphor and Progress: Nature in Literature and Landscape Painting in 19th-Century America (Lecture) The Idea of Nature Public Lecture Series (2012)
In the mid-nineteenth century, artists and writers consciously worked together to express the power of the natural landscapes comprising their young nation, the United States. Artistic techniques informed literature, just as literary techniques informed landscape ...