“The Notorious Jumping Reader of Calaveras County: Twain, Blanchot, and a Dialectic of Storytelling.” The Midwest Quarterly 49.4 (2008): 374-87.
– This essay considers Twain and Blanchot’s shared conviction that boredom can be fatal, at least to any state of mind.
“Drowning Martin Eden’s Ideological Aesthetic.” Guowai Wenxue (Foreign Literatures, Beijing) 66 (1997): 19-27. English version.
– This essay examines Jack London’s novel as an illustration of Marxist approaches to aesthetics.