My research explores the intersections between narrative and food in 19th century America in order to better understand how dietary preference operated as a locus of identity, both individual and communal. I am particularly interested in bringing into focus the ways that the myriad food cultures found the United States during the 19th century shaped and were shaped by literary texts, specifically in their engagements with the realms of the spiritual, the supernatural, and the ghostly.
Deconstructing Dignity: A Critique of the Right-to-Die Debate
Claiming Others: Transracial Adoption and National Belonging
Alimentary Tracts: Appetites, Aversions, and the Postcolonial (Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies)
Voice in Motion: Staging Gender, Shaping Sound in Early Modern England (Material Texts)