About

As a medievalist who studies rhetorical and book history, my work traces the public life of writing within material environments. During the Middle Ages, students and teachers worked from common books – often containing the Trojan texts of Virgil and Ovid – inscribed with Latin and vernacular marginalia that had been accumulating over time. The schoolbooks that survive from this era are so excessively overrun with glosses that it is often difficult to distinguish the texts from their commentaries. My work examines this sharing of textual space, which reflects an emphasis on collaborative and multilingual constructions of knowledge.

Education

PhD, English, University of Minnesota

MA, Classics, University of Colorado

BA, English, University of Colorado

Other Publications

Books


Habitual Rhetoric: Digital Writing Before Digital Technology. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, September 2023.

Translating Troy: Provincial Politics in Alliterative Romance. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2013. https://muse.jhu.edu/book/23955

Articles/Book Chapters

Co-author with Betsy Klimasmith, Bonnie Miller, Christopher Craig, Sarah Hamblin, and Timothy Oleksiak. “‘What Will You Do with a Degree in English?’: A Cohort-Based Model for Integrating Career-Based Learning into the English Curriculum.” Association of Departments of English Bulletin 160 (2023): 56-71. https://doi.org/10.1632/ULXC7374

“Surviving and Thriving in Secondary Schools: A Response to the Cluster on ‘Medieval Studies and Secondary Education.’” New Chaucer Studies: Pedagogy and Profession 4.1 (Spring 2023): 97-108. https://doi.org/10.5070/NC34160678

Co-author with Cheryl Nixon. “The Uninhibited Archive: Teaching Book History through Public Exhibition.” Teaching the History of the Book. Ed. Matteo Pangallo and Emily B. Todd. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2023. 166-75.

“Jack Spicer’s Grail in the Boston Public Library.” Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 46 (2019) [2021]. 31-56.

Co-authored with Matthew Davis. “The Places of Writing on the Multimodal Page.” Writing Changes: Alphabetic Text and Multimodal Composition. Ed. Pegeen Reichert Powell. New York: Modern Language Association, 2020. 103-22.

“Stealing a Corpus: Appropriating Aesop’s Body in the Early Age of Print.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 12.2 (2018). http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/12/2/000382/000382.html

“The Nun’s Priest’s Tale: Entertainment versus Education.” The Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales. Ed. Candace Barrington, Brantley L. Bryant, Richard H. Godden, Daniel T. Kline, and Myra Seaman (September 2017). https://opencanterburytales.dsl.lsu.edu/npt1/

“Digitizing Chaucerian Debate.” Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Ed. Frank Grady and Peter Travis. 2ndedition. New York: Modern Language Association, 2014. 196-9.

“A Prehistory of Resistance to Writing Across the Curriculum.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 19.2 (Fall 2012): 117-42.

“Wikipedia as Imago Mundi.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 17.2 (Fall 2010): 11-25.

Co-authored with Cheryl Nixon and Rajini Srikanth. “Constructing the Innocence of the First Textual Encounter.” Human Architecture 8.1 (Spring 2010): 1-16.

“The Historiography of the Dragon: Heraldic Violence in the Alliterative Morte Arthure.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 32 (2010): 295-324.

“The Medieval Writing Workshop.” The Once and Future Classroom 6.2 (Fall 2008).  https://once-and-future-classroom.org/archives/?page_id=526

“Linking Letters: Translating Ancient History into Medieval Romance.” Literature Compass 4.4 (2007): 1017-29.

“‘The Soft Beauty of the Latin Word’: Experiencing Latin in James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” Classical and Modern Literature 26.2 (Fall 2006): 179-96.

“Corporal Terror: Critiques of Imperialism in The Siege of Jerusalem.” Philological Quarterly 84.3 (Summer 2005): 287-310.

Essays

“Heading for the Open Rogue: The Open Access Companion to the Canterbury Tales.” Open Insights. Open Library of the Humanities (April 3, 2018). https://www.openlibhums.org/news/276/

Co-authored with Michael Johnston. “Kant in King Arthur’s Court: Charges of Anachronism in Book Reviews.” In the Middle (August 24, 2016). http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com/2016/08/kant-in-king-arthurs-court-charges-of.html.

“Get Rhythm.” Vital: On the Human Side of Health (June 24, 2016). https://the-vital.com/2016/06/24/get-rhythm/.

“The Case for Open Review.” Inside Higher Ed (May 16, 2016). https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2016/05/16/open-peer-review-journal-articles-offers-significant-benefits-essay.

“Friending Cicero.” Echoes from the Vault (September 15, 2014). https://standrewsrarebooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/special-collections-visiting-scholars-friending-cicero/.

“Aesopic Mashups in the Early Age of Print.” The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies: The Semiannual Newsletter (Spring 2014): 9-10.

Editorial Contribution
“Robert Henryson: From Morall Fabillis of Esope the Phrygian.” The Broadview Anthology of British Literature. Volume 1: The Medieval Period. Ed. Joseph Black, et al. 3rd edition. Toronto: Broadview Press, 2014. http://sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline/sample-page/vol-1-the-medieval-period/.

Rare Book Exhibition
“Purloined Letters: Literary Correspondence and its Unintended Recipients.” Boston Public Library. Special Collections Lobby. October 2014-April 2015.

 

Blog Posts

    Projects

    Rhythms of Rhetoric: The Sovereignty of Style in Late Medieval England (book manuscript)

    “Alexander and the Ars dictaminis: Translating Language through Letters.” Medieval Translatio: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Translation and Transfer of Language, Culture, Literature. Eds. Massimiliano Bampi and Stefanie Gropper. Berlin: De Gruyter (forthcoming in July 2024).

    “The Rhetorical Time of John Lydgate’s Troy Book” (essay chapter submitted for Constructing Trojan Temporalities: Multiple Antiquities in Medieval French and English Narratives, a collection proposed to Cambridge University Press)

    “Letter Writing without Letters: Guido delle Colonne and the English Ars dictandi” (essay chapter under review for Guido delle Colonne, une œuvre et sa reception dans l’Europe médiévale, a collection proposed to Éditions de la Sorbonne)

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