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Scholarly Articles and Essays


“A Conversation in the Weight Room About Belief,” Yale Review, forthcoming 2017.

“M*A*S*H: The 60s are Dead, Montreal Review, Winter 2017.

“No-Fly Zones: A New Theory of Male Sexuality,” Society, January 2017.

“Dogma of the Day,” The Montreal Review Fall 2016.

“Birth and Death of the Museum,” Antioch Review, Winter 2016.

“Sherlock Holmes, Romantic,” April 20 2016, Berlin Review of Books, May 30, 2016.

“Conan Doyle’s Sherlock, Berlin Review of Books, May 30, 2016.

“Let’s Get Rid of Annapolis” Salon.com, March 7, 2016.

“Cultural Curmudgeons,” Berlin Review of Books August 18, 2015.

“Mishandling Sexual Assault, and Other Military Problems,” Society, Oct 20, 2015.

“Excellent Sheep, Excellent Shepherds?” Berlin Review of Books, Nov 30, 2014.

“The Vocabulary of Transgender Theory,” Society Winter 2014. ..

“Adventures in Philosophy,” Agni 77.

"Military Self-Image as Strategy,” Infinity, May 2012.

“How Annapolis and West Point are like East Berlin,” Berlin Review of Books, June 5, 2013.

“Eminent Victorians: The Service Academies,” Society, Fall 2011.

"The Service Academies: America's Military Disneylands," Consequence, 2013.

"Consider the Videocassette: Is Progress Possible?" Antioch Review, Winter 2012-13.

"On Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': Discussion Please, Not Coercion," New Haven Review, Winter 2012-13.

"Offense Taken," Berlin Review of Books, June  30, 2011.  http://berlinbooks.org/brb/2011/06/offense-taken/

"Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide," Yale Review, April 2010.

"Leaving Literature Behind," Chronicle of Higher Education Review, December 19, 2008.

"Kipling's Multi-Lingual Foundings," in Leaves from Your Own book: Papers in Honour of Sudhakar Marathe (New Delhi: Authors' Press, 2009).

"The Naval Academy's Dangerous Dogma," Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 September 2005.

"The Academy Can Do Better," Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute, February 2005.

"Why I Love Conservatives," Antioch Review, Spring 2004.

"Can Reading Clausewitz Save Us From Future Mistakes?" Parameters (Journal of the U.S. Army War College), Spring 2004.

"Not Affirmative, Sir: A Well-Meaning Admissions Board's Absurd Reality," Washington Post Feb 16, 2003.

"Vanity, Thy Name is Man," Village Voice 18 September 2002.

"Loyal Opposition isn't Disloyal," Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute, September 2001.

"Soseki and His Discontents" Michigan Quarterly Review, Summer 2001.

"What is the Value of Literary Studies?" New Literary History, Summer 2000.

"Skirting the Precipice: Art and Audience," Antioch Review, Summer l998.

"Why Are We Entranced by Trashy Thrillers?" (on action movies), Chronicle of Higher Education, August 6, 1998. Also in: Writing From Sources. Ed. Brenda Spatt. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003. 153-157.

"On Technique in Modern Art: The Church Exhibition," Centennial Review, Winter 1996.

"The Waste Land and Film Theory," SB Academic Review (Kerala, India), Winter 1994.

"Passivity and the Unhappy (Wo)man: Dreiser's Sister Carrie," Indian Review of American Studies (American Studies Research Centre Hyderabad), Summer 1991 (actually l994).

"What Makes a Bad Book Bad?" Southwest Review, Winter 1992.

"Mr. Overton's Solution: On Systems in Thought," New Orleans Review, Winter 1993.

"Brothers Under the Skin: Achebe on Heart of Darkness," College Literature, Summer 1992.

"Thoughts and their Discontents: Törless, Book to Film," Literature/Film Quarterly, Summer 1992.

"The Sweet Smell of Success: A Re assessment of Patrick Suskind's Perfume," South Atlantic Review, November 1991.

"Pictures of Pictures: Two Film Script Versions of Eisenstein's Potemkin," Intertextuality: Selected Papers from the thirteenth Annual Conference in Literature and Film. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State U Press, 1993.

"Floudering About in Silence: What the Governess Couldn't Say" (on The Turn of the Screw), Studies in Short Fiction, Spring 1989.

"Pound and Eisenstein on the Ideogram: Sketch for a Theory of Modernism," Southwest Review Winter 1989. Also in Literature and Popular Culture: A Festschrift for Prof. Sequeira, Hyderabad (India): Cauvery Publications, 1991.

"Proust and Peirce, Time and Memory," Philosophy and Literature, April 1989.

"An Essay in Seduction, or The Trouble With Bovary," French Review, April 1989. Also in: Major Literary Characters: Emma Bovary, ed. Harold Bloom, New York: Chelsea House, 1993.

"The Coffee Grounds of the Labassecourien Housemaids, or Inside and Outside in Literature" (on Charlotte Brontë's Villette), Essays in Literature, Spring 1988.

"Writing in Pidgin: Language in For Whom The Bell Tolls," Dutch Quarterly Review of Anglo American Letters l5, l985. "The Tragic Moth," Dutch Quarterly Review of Anglo American Letters (on Virginia Woolf's essay "The Death of the Moth"), 15 2, 1985. 

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Short Stories, Poetry, and Personal Essays

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"Small Hard Things," Yale Review, 2013.

"Otherness Fades," Southwest Review, 2013.

"Sir Sandwiches and Shirt Stays: Military Style," Southwest Review, 2009.

"The Deep Springs College Cowboy Lunch," Antioch Review, Winter 2008-9.

"In the Brief Egyptian Spring," Antioch Review, Fall 2007.

"Annapolis Autumn: A Year at the U.S. Naval Academy," Sewanee Review, Spring 2006

"Creative Writing," Gargoyle 51, Fall 2006.

"A Student's Guide to the Classics" (story-essay) Antioch Review, Summer 2003.

"On Asking the Question, 'What is the Sense of Life?" Marlboro Review, Winter 2001.

"Be a Male Model! Or Just Look Like One," Southwest Review, summer 2001.

"Snowstorms" (poem), Puckerbrush Review, fall 2001.

"Two Cities: Fragments of a Year" (story), Puckerbrush Review, Winter 2000.

"Gay Poets, Women, and Other Threats to Group Loyalty at the Naval Academy," Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30, l998.

"In the Once Silent Submarine Service" (personal essay), Southwest Review, Winter 1996.

"Intimations of India" (personal essay), Virginia Quarterly Review, Summer 1995.

"At the Army Navy Poetry Play offs" (personal essay), Lingua Franca, May June 1992. Reprinted from: Antioch Review, Fall 1991 (cover story).

"On the Unity of the 'I'" (short story), Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 1992.

"On Becoming Human" (personal essay), Sewanee Review, Summer 1992.

"Another Way of Dying: African Perceptions of AIDS" (essay), The Nation, April 2, l990.

"The Autobiography of Gertrude Stein,"  Gettysburg Review, Spring 1989. Also in Prize Stories 1990: The O. Henry Awards, New York: Doubleday, 1990. "Tour de force." –Washington Post

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Essays and Reviews on Dance

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More than a decade of reviews and essays for Ballet Review, Dance View, New Dance Review,

Dance International, and Dance Magazine, were collected in 2000 in Sex, Art, and Audience: Dance Essays. 

In addition:“Looking Out,” in Cross‑Cultural Perspectives, New York: Shirmer/Macmillan, 1995.

“Balanchine as Modernist: ‘Serenade’,” in Studies in Dance History; Looking at Ballet: Balanchine and Ashton 1926-1936, Society of Dance History Scholars, Fall 1993.

“Go West, Young Dancer,” Commonweal 6 Dec 1991.

“Dance: The Case of the Missing Text,” Yearbook for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Fine Arts.  Lewiston,  NY:  The Edwin Mellen Press, l992.

Entries in International Encyclopedia of Ballet and Classical Dance (Detroit: St. James Press,   1993) on Balanchine’s “Agon,” “Serenade,” “Davidsbündlertänze,” “Four Temperaments” and “Prodigal Son”; Ashton’s “A Birthday Offering”;  Robbins’ “Concert.”

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Book Reviews and Review Essays

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"Carved from Granite: West Point since 1902," The Historian, 2013.

“The Wrong Guys,” Parameters (Journal of the US Army War College), Spring 2009.

“What Was Asked For: An Oral History of the Iraq War,” Parameters (Journal of the US Army
War College), Fall 2008.

“Charge! Great Military Speeches in History,” Parameters (Journal of the US Army War College), Spring 2008.

“Deeply Dug In,” Poems by R.L Barth. Armed Forces and Society, Fall, 2006.

“Lincoln and Whitman,” Parameters (Journal of the US Army War College), Spring 2005.
“Bodies Beautiful” (review of Dance Ink: Photographs), Dance View 15.2 (1998).

“Ezra Pound’s Early Poetry and Poetics,” Poet Lore,  l998.

“Sally Banes’s Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism,” Dance View, Winter 1994-95.

Woolf Cubs: Current Fiction,” Antioch Review, Fall 1994.

“Lincoln Kirstein’s Mosaic,” Dance View, Autumn 1994.

“Shell‑Shocked in Tennessee” (review of Richard Marius’  After the War) Washington Post    Book World, 7 June 1992.

“Dancing the Muse” (review of Dance in Poetry), Poet Lore, Summer 1992.

“Duino Elegies” (review essay of a new translation), Poet Lore, Fall 1993.

“Do We Need to Know How We Know Who?” (review essay) Semiotica 66:4 (l987).

“History of Theory, Theory of History” (review essay on Frank Lentricchia’s After the New Criticism), Kodikas/Code, 8‑1,2  (1984).

“Rational Discourse and Poetic Communication,” (review essay of Roland Posner's book ofessays on semiotics),  Kodikas/Code, 7‑1,2 (1984). 

“Flaubert and Post‑modernism” (book review of a collection of essays), Romanic Review, 76‑l, (1985).

Essay reviews in Magills Literary Annual (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press):

1988: On Reading Ruskin by Marcel Proust.

1989: Wittgenstein, A Life: Young Ludwig, l889‑l921 by Brian McGuinness.

1990: Europe, Europe: Forays into a Continent by Hans Magnus Enzensberger.

 Imperative of Modernity: An Intellectual Biography of Jose Ortega y  Gasset by Rockwell Gray.

1991: German Romanticism and its Institutions by Theodore Ziolkowski.

1992:  India by Stanley Wolpert. Martha by Agnes de Mille.

In My Father's House by Anthony Appiah.

1993: Islam and the West, by Bernard Lewis.

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Conference Papers and Lectures

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"Military Education: An Oxymoron?" Colloquium on Military Academies, Ottawa Canada  2010.

"Can Leadership Be Taught?" Colloquium College Royal Militaire de St-Jean, 2010.

“Annapolis Autumn,” Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston Ontario, January 2006.

“The Metaphysics of Action Movies,” University of Alabama at Huntsville, November l998.

“Writing Twilley,” Haverford College, November 1997.

“Literature and Dance,” “Literature and Art,” “Literature and Music,” Lecture series at the Appalachian Summer Festival, Appalachian State University, July 1996.

“Owen at Annapolis,” International Conference on Narrative, Vancouver Canada, March 1994.

“Ballet Versions of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ “ Dance Critics Association Conference, San Francisco, April 1994.

“Was ist Kunst? Ein Literaturtheoretiker Antwortet,” University of Konstanz, March 1992.

“'The Waste Land’ and Film Theory,” International Conference on Narrative, Vanderbilt University, April 1992.

“Proust and the Power of Solitude,” “Persons, Passions, Powers,” U. of California, Berkeley, May 1992.

“Balanchine as Modernist: ‘Serenade’,” “Looking at Ballet: Ashton and Balanchine 1926‑1936,” Russell Sage College, Troy NY, July 1991.

“Film Theory’s Central Myth,” Literature/Film Association Conference, Salisbury State University, June 1991.

“Brothers Under the Skin: Achebe on Heart of Darkness,” Northeast Modern Language Association, Hartford CT, April l99l.
“Vers l'indépendance littéraire américaine,” Biennale des Arts et des Letttres, Dakar, Senegal, December 1990.

Törless: Book to Film,” Literature/Film Association Conference, Salisbury State University, June 1990.

“Looking at the Other: Non‑Western Dance in the 90s,” Dance Critics Association, California State U, Los Angeles, August 1990.

“Proust and Peirce on Time and Memory,” South Alantic Modern Language Association, Washington, D.C., November 1988.

“Pictures of Pictures: Film Script Versions of Eisenstein’s Potemkin.” Thirteenth Annual Florida State University Conference on Film and Literature, January 1988.

Lectures July-August 2005, University of Hyderabad, India. One week English Department, one week Philosophy, one week Performing Arts.

Lecture tour August 1992 under the auspices of the United States Information Agency: University of Hyderabad (India); American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad; University of Madras, University of Kerala (Trivandrum). Lectures on aesthetics and American literature.

Lecture tour December 1990 under the auspices of the United States Information Agency: Conakry, Guinea and Dakar, Senegal. Lectures on dance criticism in Conakry, including
a presentation in French on Guinean radio. In Dakar, lectures (in French) at the Biennale des Arts et des Lettres, the University of Dakar, the National Teacher Training College, and the West African Officer Training School.

Lecture tour May 1987 under the auspices of the United States Information Agency: University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Algiers, École Normale Supérieure de Bamako (Mali), University of Dakar (Senegal). Lectures (in French and English): AThe Theoretical Roots of Modernism,” “Sister Carrie and Her Cousins: The City in African and American Fiction,” “Huck Finn in the 80s: The Uses of The Past,” “Two (Black) American Classics: Invisible Man and Native Son.

Lectures May 1986 under the auspices of the United States Information Agency: Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius, University of Nairobi (Kenya): “The Process Towards American Literary Independence,” and (in Mauritius) on other topics in American dance, art and literature.

Member, International Press Corps, II Bournonville Festival, April 1992, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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