Mark Twain cover illustration by Peter de Seve
Baetzhold, Howard G., and Joseph B. McCullough, eds. The Bible According to Mark Twain: Irreverent Writings on Eden, Heaven, and the Flood by America's Master Satirist. New York: Simon & Schuster-Touchstone, 1996.
My research is in nineteenth-century American and British literature, specializing in realism and in religious philosophy of the late nineteenth century, particularly in relation to the realist text. In American literature, I have focused on the writings of Rebecca Harding Davis, William Dean Howells, Mark Twain, and Harold Frederic.
In addition to examining the ways in which late nineteenth-century writers conceptualize the project of realism through a religious lens relative to Hebraism and Hellenism, there are several projects of a smaller scope I am developing, including an essay entitled “Fictional Ministers and the Pulpit of Protestant Progressivism in Nineteenth-Century Literature.”
PhD, Louisiana State University. MA, Northwestern University. BA, University of Chicago.
“The American 'Lives' of Jesus: The Malleable Figure of Christ as a Man of the People.” Christianity and Literature 58.2 (2009): 157-84.
“Edmund Hoyle's Treatises on Whist: Literary Piracy in the Eighteenth Century.” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 16 (2009): 87-95.
“Nineteenth-Century Narrative Techniques in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance.” South Asian Review 27.2 (2006): 25-47.
Selected Other Professional Activities and Achievements:
Board of Regents Fellow, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (20042008).
College of Arts and Sciences nominee for LSU 2009-2010 Distinguished Dissertation Award.
James Olney Distinguished Dissertation Award for Religion and Realism in Late Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2010).
Gale Carrithers Outstanding Essay Award for “The American 'Lives' of Jesus: The Malleable Figure of Christ as a Man of the People.” LSU Department of English (2008).
Dickens Project Essay Prize for “Mediating Social Consciousness: George Eliot's Approach to Religion and Realism.” LSU Department of English. LSU Department of English (2008).
Gale Carrithers Outstanding Essay Award for “Mediating Social Consciousness: George Eliot's Approach to Religion and Realism.” LSU Department of English (2007).
Gale Carrithers Outstanding Essay Award for “Unconventional Readings: Locating the Narrator in Mary Russell Mitford's Rosedale and Anna Leonowens's The Romance of the Harem.” LSU Department of English (2006).