About

Professor of Renaissance literature, with specialization in comparative Renaissance lit, history of classical scholarship and the reception of classical literature and philosophy, the history of science, encyclopedism, and glow-worms.

Education

I was educated at Bryn Mawr College, New Hall College, Cambridge, and Stanford University (PhD, 2000).

Publications

Books:

Homer and the Question of Strife from Erasmus to Hobbes (U. Toronto Press, 2015)

Humanism, Machinery, and Renaissance Literature (Cambridge UP, 2004)

Articles, Essays, and Review Essays:





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Forthcoming.  “Hesiod in the Renaissance”, for The Oxford Handbook to Hesiod, ed. Alexander Loney and Stephen Scully. Oxford University Press.

Forthcoming. “Homer in the Renaissance”. For The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Homer, ed. Corinne Pache and Robert Lamberton. Cambridge University Press, fall 2018.

2018    “Science and Technology,” pp. 557-69 of The Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Poetry, ed. Catherine Bates. Blackwell. (Published Jan. 2018)

2018. “On Annotation as Conversation,” chap. 4.5 of A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts, ed. Claire Loffman and Harriet Phillips. Abington and New York: Routledge, 2018.

2017.   “Thomas Browne and the Silent Text.” Renaissance & Reformation. 40:2 (summer 2017), pp. 103-30.

2017.   “Circus Minimus: the early modern theater of insects,” chap. 7 of Performing Animals: History, Agency, Theater, ed. Karen Raber and Monica Mattfield. College Station, PA: Penn State University Press, 2017.

2016    “The Arse Poetica of Thomas Hobbes: the composition and reception of De Mirabilibus Pecci”. Erudition and the Republic of Letters 1:3 (Spring 2016), pp. 305-57.

2015    “Homer,” pp. 487-503 of The Oxford History of Classical Relations to English Literature, vol. 2, ed. Philip Hardie and Patrick Cheney. Oxford University Press. 2015.

2012    “The Cosmopolitanism of the Adages: the Classical and Christian legacies of Erasmus’ hermeneutics of accommodation” pp. 207-30 of Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages, ed. John Ganim and Shayne Legassie. Palgrave.

2012    “Teaching Paradise Lost and the Epic Tradition,” pp. 41-51 of Approaches to Teaching Milton’s Paradise Lost, ed. Peter C. Herman. Modern Language Association.

2012    “Classics,” pp. 517-35 of The Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare, ed. Arthur Kinney. Oxford University Press.

2010   “Nature and Technê in Spenser’s Faerie Queene,” pp. 412-27 of The Blackwell Companion to Tudor Literature, ed. Kent Cartwright. Wiley-Blackwell.

2008    “Chapman’s Ironic Homer,” College Literature 35:4 (fall 2008), pp. 151-86.

2006    “Jean de Sponde (1557-1595),” Dictionary of Literary Biography 327: Sixteenth Century French Writers, ed. Megan Conway (Detroit & Washington DC: Bruccoli Clark Layman), pp. 398-413.

2005      “Spenser, Homer, and the Mythography of Strife,” Renaissance Quarterly 58.4 (winter 2005), pp. 1220-1288.

2004    “Recent Studies in John Marston, 1974-2001” English Literary Renaissance 34.1 (winter 2004), pp. 125-54.





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2003    “Erasmus, Homer, and the Problem of Strife,” Renaissance Papers 2003, ed. Thomas Hester and Christopher Cobb, pp. 1-32.

Projects

I have two ongoing research projects:

First, an edition of Thomas Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646-1672) for the forthcoming Complete Works of Thomas Browne to be published by Oxford University Press.

Second, a biography of the poet, playwright, and translator George Chapman (1559-1634), tentatively entitled Absolute Poet: the Life of George Chapman.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

RSA 2021 (Dublin), Roundtable, “Publishing the Global Renaissance”

SRS (Norwich, June 2021): keynote speaker.

Memberships

Renaissance Society of America

Sixteenth Century Studies

 

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