He is currently working on a dissertation titled Transcendental Affects, a critical reassessment of the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau which argues that American Transcendentalism ought to be understood in terms of affect and emotion.
His teaching and research interests in American literature include: New England literary history; Puritanism; Romanticism; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Robert Frost; and the Transcendentalists. Mark is also interested in theories of affect, the medical humanities, and ecocriticism.
Mark is the new editor of the Thoreau Society Bulletin, a quarterly publication of The Thoreau Society.
Update: Mark will be presenting at the 26th annual American Literature Association conference in Boston, May 21-24, 2015, and at