Education: A.B., University Pittsburgh (1963)
M.A., Harvard University (1966)
Ph.D., Harvard University (1971)
Interests: American Novel; English Novel; Cultural Theory; Modernism; American Art and its Cultural Institutions; The Philosophy and Literature of the Passions; Narrative Theory; Game Theory and the Novel.
The Vehement Passions (2002); Still the New World: American Literature in a Culture of Creative Destruction (1998-99); Wonder, the Rainbow and the Aesthetics of Rare Experiences (1998); Making and Effacing Art (1991); (ed.) New American Studies (1991); Hard Facts (1986); Making Up Society (1981).