British Lit, Shakespeare, Gender, Digital, Maternity Studies. Working on a dissertation about the representation of maternity in Shakespeare’s English history plays.
I am Assistant Professor in the English Department at Rhode Island College. I received my B.A. in English from Houghton College in 2007, my M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2009, and my Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2014. My fields of expertise are Old and Middle English, history of the English language, digital humanities, the Bible as/in literature, translation, and the history of the book. Most of my interests in research and teaching encompass what might be called transmission studies: the afterlives of texts, including circulation, translations, adaptations, and re-presentations in various cultures and media.
I specialize in the medieval British Isles and North Atlantic World, with emphasis on Old and Middle English, Anglo- Norman, Welsh, and Old Norse/Icelandic languages, literatures, and cultures, alongside interests in premodern Irish, Scottish, and French literature and culture as well. I have a broad range of research and teaching interests, including Arthuriana; Chaucer; Robin Hood/outlawry; women’s and gender studies, particularly women’s literate practices; alchemy, magic, and esoterica; monsters and the supernatural; hagiography; literature and the law; genre studies in romance, chronicle, dream vision, mystic and devotional literature; cultural and historical literary studies (feasts and feasting; disasters and delights; violence and trauma; chivalry and courtliness; dreams and dreaming; landscapes and the environment; medieval afterlives); comparative literature; ecocritical and animal studies; manuscript studies/ text technologies and history of the English language. I am trained as an interdisciplinary literary historian, and as a scholar I am interested in the relationships between texts and the cultures that produce them, and invested in the ways in which multiple methodologies can be used in tandem to create a more focused and nuanced lens on a single subject. To that end, I make use of theoretical paradigms and methods from English, History, Art History, Anthropology, Culture/ Material and Gender Studies, among others, in my research and writing.
Studying History; Teaching English
Early Modern English Lexicography, Book History, History of Western Typography
Victorian literature (Eliot, Hardy, Gissing), Victorian socio-cultural history, historical musicology, the history of the English novel, interdisciplinary studies in literature
Late medieval English poetry, prose, and manuscripts
Literary theory; editorial theory
History and structure of the English language
Literature and Science
History of Ideas
History of Science
19th- and 20th-century poetry and drama in English, German, French; opera; Holocaust history; history of aesthetic theory
English Renaissance drama; Shakespeare; theater and performance; history of ideas; law