Department Head; Associate Professor of Medieval & Renaissance Literature; Graduate Faculty, UMN Center for Medieval Studies
WHAT I'M READING RIGHT NOW:
Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, by Kory Stamper (2018)
The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing, by Ewan Clayton (2013)
WHAT I'M WRITING RIGHT NOW:
“Chaucer” for the Year’s Work in English Studies, U. Oxford Press, with Lindsey Simon-Jones (Fayette) and Derrick Pitard (Slippery Rock)
Easier, Harder, Bastard: An Introduction to Medieval Paleography
In the Shadow of the Enlightenment: Disciplinarity before 1700, with Steve Matthews (UMD History), and C.J. Schlitt (U. Oxford).
A Modern English Critical Translation of Raymund of Penyafort’s Summa de Poenitentia, a 13th-Century Treatise on the Sacrament of Penitence.
THE BEST POEM OF ALL TIME:
Odi et amo. quare id faciam, fortasse requires?
nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.
(Catullus, Poem 85, ca. 50CE)
Ph.D. in English, University of California, Irvine
Paleography & Codicology: University of Notre Dame
Medieval Latin: University of Notre Dame
M.A. in English, University of California, Irvine
B.A. in English, Latin Minor, University of California, Berkeley
ENGL 1535: King Arthur in Literature, History and Art
ENGL 2535: The Bible in Literature
ENGL 3501: British Literature I (Origins-1800)
ENGL 3222: Shakespeare
ENGL 5312: Chaucer
ENGL 5533: English Literature before 1800 (various topics)
“Love in the Time of Plague”
“Mapping the Heavens”
“Sinners and Saints”
“Hell: Sin and Punishment in Medieval Literature”
ENGL 5821: History of the English Language
ENGL 5661: Publishing the Middle Ages
ENGL 8171: British Literature before 1800 (various topics)
ENGL 8906: Introduction to Critical Theory
Medieval Literature in Middle English and Latin, Religious Law and Literature, Chaucer, Boethius, Paleography and Codicology.
“Chaucer,” with Lindsey Simon-Jones and Derrick Pitard, in the Year’s Work in English Studies, Vol. 99 (2020), ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Oxford University Press.
“Chaucer,” with Lindsey Simon-Jones and Derrick Pitard, in the Year’s Work in English Studies, Vol. 98 (2019), ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Oxford University Press.
Review Article, with Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy: Philip Edward Phillips, Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana. Palgrave McMillan, 2014. Carmina Philosophiae,Vol 23 (2014).
Book Review: Joel C. Relihan, The Prisoner’s Philosophy: Life and Death in Boethius’s Consolation. University of Notre Dame Press, 2007, in Speculum, Vol. 84, No. 4 (Oct. 2009).
Review Article: Mark Miller, Philosophical Chaucer: Love, Sex, and Agency in the Canterbury Tales (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Carmina Philosophiae 15 (2006).
“Chaucer's Vision of the Tree of Life: Crossing the Road with the Rood in the Parson’s Tale,” Chaucer Review 39.4 (2005).
“The Awntyrs off Arthure: Reliquary for Romance,” Arthurian Literature XX (2003).