I read Middlemarch for the first time when I was 18, backpacking across Europe; I’ve been rereading it ever since, including for work on my undergraduate honours thesis (at the University of British Columbia) and my Ph.D. thesis (at Cornell University). Now I’m an English professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I assign Middlemarch to my students as often as I can: one happy term I was teaching it in three different classes! I don’t pretend to be the world’s biggest expert on Middlemarch, and nobody should claim to have definitive answers to every question about the novel. But the two things my students say most often about me as a teacher is that I am very enthusiastic and that I am very organized: I’m hoping that these qualities are the right ones to make a site like this work.
I also write a blog, Novel Readings (which is where the idea for this site was born), and I write reviews and essays for venues including the Times Literary Supplement, Quill and Quire, and Open Letters Monthly. You can find full details about my professional profile and publications at my own website.
Feel free to send me feedback on or questions about this site.