Associate Professor of English
I work at the intersection, dangerous at times but well policed, of medieval studies and critical theory. On the medieval-studies side of the street you will find a book, The Neighboring Text: Chaucer, Boccaccio, Henryson, its Choice Outstanding Academic Title award still proudly displayed in the window, alongside articles and chapters in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Exemplaria, New Medieval Literatures, and The Post-Historical Middle Ages. Venture down the critical-studies side of the street and you will run across a volume forthcoming from Duke University Press, Sovereignty in Ruins: A Politics of Crisis, coedited with Klaus Mladek. At present (or in perpetuity — it’s hard to say), I am at work on a few different projects: a book, coauthored with Klaus Mladek, titled A Politics of Melancholia, for which we received a collaborative fellowship from the ACLS; a long essay on Chaucerian humor; and a book project on the motif of exile and return in Middle English literature. I have also been known to wander down side streets and blind alleys in pursuit of my other interests, which include psychoanalysis, biopolitics, and the literature of walking.
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. Reprinted in Classical and Medieval Literary Criticism Online. Thomas Gale, forthcoming.
“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.
“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.
Sovereignty in Ruins: A Politics of Crisis, co-edited with Klaus Mladek. Duke University Press, 2017.
Works in Progress
A Politics of Melancholia
Selected Works and Activities
2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title for The Neighboring Text
ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship, 2014-2015