Associate Professor of English
I was introduced to medieval literature and critical theory at roughly the same time, and my readings in one continue to inform my readings in the other. The rituals surrounding death and the ways in which poetics intersects with them also interest me. Ideally, these interests will converge in my current project, Troilus and Criseyde Between Two Deaths: Ethics and Interment in Literary Tradition.
The Neighboring Text: Henryson, Boccaccio, Chaucer. The University of Notre Dame Press, 2011.
“Neighbors, Natural and Otherwise, in ‘The Vox and the Wolf’.” New Medieval Literatures 12 (2010): 89-114.
“Pearl: The Shadow of the Object, the Shape of the Law.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 26 (2004): 29-63.
“Naked Chaucer.” In The Post-Historical Middle Ages, eds. Elizabeth Scala and Sylvia Federico. Palgrave, 2009: 139-160.
“A Politics of Melancholia,” co-authored with Klaus Mladek. In A Leftist Ontology, ed. Carsten Strathausen. University of Minnesota Press, 2009: 208-233.
Works in Progress
Sovereignty in Ruins: The Crisis in Politics, eds. Klaus Mladek and George Edmondson. Duke University Press [forthcoming].
“Henryson’s Doubt: Neighbors and Negation in The Testament of Cresseid.” Exemplaria 20.2 (2008): 165-196. Reprinted in Medieval Literature: Criticism and Debates, eds. Holly Crocker and D. Vance Smith. Routledge, 2013 [forthcoming]
Selected Works and Activities
2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title for The Neighboring Text