I studied classics at university, worked for government and as a freelance translator, and now live in retirement in mid-Wales. Over the last 3-4 years I have worked on Linear B and related – and less obviously related – objects. The profile picture is from among the “hidden” art in the walls of Ludlow castle in the Welsh Marches.
My first book, Aging, Duration, and the English Novel: Growing Old from Dickens to Woolf, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in December 2019. It theorizes duration and the conventions of realism through an analysis of representations of old age and aging, especially through the way novelists plot the development of characters over time. I am currently working on a second book, The Aging of Empire: Networks of Dependence from Young England to Young India, which focuses on how the Victorians mapped a politics of age onto the asymmetrical relation between colonizer and colonized. This project demonstrates how progressive, linear models of imperial expansion derived their power from a tacit comparison to the development of a human life, entangling anxieties about the durability of empire with figures relating to old age and youthful inheritance.
I am currently a postdoctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the British School at Athens, researching the Linear B writing system from Late Bronze Age Greece (c.1400-1200 BCE). I focus particularly on reconstructing the history of the writing system and the activities of its writers within the Mycenaean palatial administrations.
theater and society in Renaissance Italy, especially Venice and the Po Valley
German language and literature; German to English literary translation; Old German Script.
Research Interests —Early modern literature and visual/material culture, with a focus on the transatlantic Iberian world —Mestizaje (various forms, functions, products, and practices of sociocultural mixing) —Rebellion and resistance in Andalucía and the Andes, particularly among minoritized indigenous communities —The figure of the Virgin Mary in conquest, conversion, and colonization —Hispanic classical theater (comedia), including its translation and performance —Diasporas and diasporic cultures of Sephardic and Morisco communities, in the Mediterranean and beyond —Romance-language texts written in Arabic and Hebrew scripts (aljamía), and their contexts and transmission Current Employment Lecturer | UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese —Teach all levels of Spanish language, including conversation and composition, while appropriately incorporating Peninsular and Latin American literatures, histories, arts, and cultures into our communicative, hybrid curriculum Research Assistant | Getty Research Institute —Support visiting scholars in the development of their projects by conducting research in Special Collections, compiling bibliographies and literature reviews, assisting with editing and translation, and/or other tasks as needed Research Associate | Dr. Roger L. Martínez-Dávila —Conduct research and co-author reports with Dr. Martínez-Dávila (Associate Professor of History, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs) on Sephardic family lineages for clients of Carbray International Law Firm (Spain)