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2005 Antioch Review Award for Distinguished Prose.
Research Excellence Award, United States Naval Academy, 1994.
Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, United States Navy, 1994.
Listing in Best American Essays 1993, “Notable Essays of 1992”: “On Becoming Human” (Sewanee Review 1992). National honorable mention for an essay.
President, U.S. Dance Critics Association (national professional organization), 1991-92.
1991 Northeast Modern Language Association Mellen Book Award for An Essay in Post Romantic Literary Theory: Art, Artifact, and the Innocent Eye.
1990 Fellow, U.S. Dance Critics Association; address to the 1990 DCA Convention, Los Angeles.
O. Henry Short Story Award, 1990 (inclusion in Prize Stories 1990: The O. Henry Awards, New York: Doubleday, 1990); "The Autobiography of Gertrude Stein."
Fellow, Critics' Conference of the American Dance Festival, Duke University. Summer 1988.
Fulbright Professorship in Anglo American Literature, National University of Rwanda, Fall 1985-Spring 1987.
Fulbright Scholarship, Free University Berlin, 1982-1983.
Scholarship of the Italian Cultural Institute, University of Siena, Summer 1982.
Graduate Select Scholarship, Vanderbilt University, 1980-1982.
Teaching Fellowship, Program in Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt University, 1980-1982.
Honors Scholarship, University of Maryland at College Park Honors Program, 1971-1972.
Scholarship violinist, Rome (Italy) Festival Orchestra, Summer 1971.
National Merit Scholarship Finalist, 1971.