Professor of English
Ph.D. 1968 (English and American literature), M.A. 1965, Columbia; B.A. 1964 (English language and literature), City College.
Office Address: 244 Greene Street 513
New York, New York (US) 10003
Phone: (212) 998-8804
Fax: (212) 995-4019
Areas of Research/Interest: Contemporary American literature and culture; psychology and literature; ethnicity and literature; creative writing
External Affiliations: President, American Italian Historical Association, Member, Executive Committee of the Italian American Studies Association. Member, Editorial Board, Palgrave Macmillan series in Italian American Studies, Executive Board, Modern Language Association Discussion Group on Italian American Literary and Cultural Studies.
Fellowships/Honors: John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Literary Criticism
American Book Award in Fiction from the Before Columbus Foundation
Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Award for Distinction as a woman scholar
Pietro Di Donato-John Fante Award for Excellence in Literature
HeartBreakers: Women and Violence in Contemporary Culture and Literature. New York Palgrave Macmillan 2004; paperback Palgrave Macmillan 2006.
The World of Flannery O'Connor Bloomington, Indiana University Press 1970, Paperback 1972. Reprinted Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2009.
Vulnerable People: A View of American Fiction Since 1945. New York: Oxford University Press: 1978; Oxford Paperbacl 1979.
The Right Thing To Do,Boston: David R. Godline, 1998; Reprinted, New York, The Feminist Press, 1999.
Editor. A Concise Companion to Postwar American Literature and Culture, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004; Blackwell Paperback 2006; Blackwell Electronic 2009.