Office: Reed 210A
Medieval and Renaissance Courses Taught
- The Arthurian Mystique (CL 21). Survey of medieval and modern representations of King Arthur.
- Love Stories (CL 10). Comparative study of how medieval love flourishes without psychology.
- Roots of Feminism (WGST 15). Exploration of sex and gender issues from Late Antiquity through the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the nineteenth century.
Areas of Research Interest
I’m interested in how small objects can lead to big ideas. I have explored this interest in lots of different ways: haphazard annotations in manuscripts, specific word choices in translations, epigraphs and asides in scholarship. Some of the big ideas I think about include: ethnicity and race, colonialism, memory, time, faith, class, gender.
I have worked with students on a variety of thesis topics at the intersections of literature and history: inheritance patterns in the romances of Chrétien de Troyes, political theory in the work of Christine de Pizan, English historical thought as evidenced in manuscript annotations. In 2011, a group of Med/Ren students curated with me an exhibit of manuscripts from Rauner library, “Bringing out the Leaves: Manuscripts and Their Meaning”
A few articles on other topics:
- Lydgate, Lovelich, and London Letters.” Lydgate Matters: Poetry and Material Culture in the Fifteenth Century. Ed. Lisa Cooper and Andrea Denny-Brown. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 113-38.
- “Translation.” Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature: Middle English. Ed. Paul Strohm. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. 51-67.
- “Medievalism and the Making of Nations.” Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of “The Middle Ages” Outside Europe. Ed. Nadia Altschul and Kathleen Davis. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009. 286-98.
- “How the Indian Ocean Made Medieval France.” Australian Journal of French Studies 46 (2009): 249-65.
- “Au commencement était l'île: The Colonial Formation of Joseph Bédier’s Chanson de Roland.” Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures. Ed. Ananya J. Kabir and Deanne M. Williams. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005. 205-26.
- “Interpreting Codicology: Re-visions of the Divine Comedy in the Codex Altona.” Media Matters: Technologies of Literary Production. Mosaic 28.4 (1995): 13-37.