Selected Essays and Reviews:

Belcher's Marsh Park“Among the Proto-Janeites: Reading Mansfield Park for Consolation in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1815.” Co-authored with Sheila Johnson Kindred. Persuasions On-Line 35.1 (Winter 2014).

“The Tragic Action of Mansfield Park.” Persuasions On-Line 28.1 (Winter 2007)Rev. and expanded rpt. in Approaches to Teaching Austen’s Mansfield Park. Ed. Marcia McClintock Folsom and John Wiltshire (New York: MLA, 2014).

Approaches to Teaching Austen's Mansfield ParkReview of Jane Austen and Food, by Maggie Lane (Endeavour, 2013). (6 March 2014). Reprinted in The Jane Austen Centre Online Magazine (20 March 2014).

Review of Milk Fever, by Lissa M. Cowan (Demeter Press, 2013). Publishers Weekly (February 2014).

Review of The Girls of Piazza d’Amore, by Connie Guzzo-McParland (Linda Leith, 2013). Publishers Weekly (November 2013).

The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901-1911Review of The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1901-1911, ed. Mary Henley Rubio and Elizabeth Hillman Waterston (Oxford University Press, 2013). Atlantic Books Today (Fall 2013): 33.

Review of Anne Around the World: L.M. Montgomery and Her Classic, ed. Jane Ledwell and Jean Mitchell (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013). Atlantic Books Today (Fall 2013): 33.

Review of The Unfinished Child, by Theresa Shea (Victoria, BC: Brindle and Glass, 2013). Publishers Weekly (April 2013).

What Matters in Jane Austen? by John MullanReview of What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved, by John Mullan (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012). (31 March 2013).

“‘Nothing against her, but her Husband & her Conscience’: Jane Austen’s Lady Susan in Edith Wharton’s Old New York.” Persuasions On-Line 33.1 (Winter 2012).

“Someone New to Love.”  Review of The Golden Mean, by Annabel Lyon (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010). Open Letters Monthly The Golden Mean(November 2010).

“What Seems Simple.”  Review of Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition, ed. Patricia Meyer Spacks (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 2010).  Open Letters Monthly (October 2010).

“The Last Pages of Emma: Austen’s Epithalamium.” Persuasions 23 (2001): 188-96. Rpt. in Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Emma, New Edition, ed. Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House, 2010).

Glass VoicesReview of Glass Voices, by Carol Bruneau (Toronto, ON: Cormorant, 2007). The Diocesan Times (February 2008): 7.

“Canadian and American Readers of Jane Austen’s Happy Endings.” Jane Austen and the North Atlantic. Ed. Sarah Emsley. Chawton, Hampshire: Jane Austen Society, 2006. 49-59.

“Laughing at Our Neighbors: Jane Austen and the Problem of Charity.” Persuasions On-line 26.1 (Winter 2005).

“‘All I ask is a comfortable home’: Jane Austen and the Idea of Home.” With Sue Bain. Part 1, Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine 10 (July 2004): 6-9; Part 2, Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine 11 (September 2004): 38-41.

The New Compass“Sexual Purity and Relentless Indecision in Wharton’s The Reef: A Reply to Pat Menon.” The New Compass 3 (June 2004).

“Piano-practising.” Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine 6 (November 2003): 18-21.

“The Importance of Being Amiable.” Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine 3 (May 2003): 5-7.

“A ‘Better English’: Edith Wharton on Language in Fiction.” The Edith Wharton Review 19.1 (2003): 23-27.

Jane Austen's "Outlandish Cousin"

“The Reputation of Mary Augusta Arnold (Mrs. Humphry) Ward.” Nineteenth-Century Feminisms 7 (2003): 53-64.

Review of Jane Austen’s ‘Outlandish Cousin’: The Life and Letters of Eliza de Feuillide, by Deirdre LeFaye (London: British Library, 2002). The Dalhousie Review 83.2 (2003): 303-306.

“‘My idea of a chapel’ in Jane Austen’s World.” Persuasions 24 (2002): 133-42.


“Practising the Virtues of Amiability and Civility in Pride and Prejudice.” Persuasions 22 (2000): 187-98.

“Radical Marriage.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 11.4 (1999): 477-98.

“Harriet Jacobs and the Language of Autobiography.” Canadian Review of American Studies 28.1 (1998): 145-62.