Professor of English
Director of Graduate Studies in English
PhD, English (2002), University of California, Santa Barbara
MA, English (1996), University of California, Santa Barbara
BA, English (1994), Wellesley College
Complete CV available online at: academia.edu.
My expertise lies in early modern literature (c. 1485-1642), with areas of specialization in sixteenth-century literature, early modern drama, and Shakespeare. For some time now, my research has focused on the literary culture of the English legal societies, the Inns of Court. I am now extending this topic by bringing together theories of play with the history of sixteenth-century English drama: Why are some forms of communal play, specifically dramatic play, especially popular among particular groups at certain times?
My teaching interests range widely and I enjoy the challenge of developing classes that cross disciplines, periods, and genres. The courses I teach regularly include: Composition, British Literature Survey, Genre Studies in Drama, Shakespeare, and Shakespeare in Performance, and topics-based upper-division and graduate classes in Renaissance literature.
Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1581 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016).
Elizabethan Seneca: Three Tragedies (co-edited with James Ker), MHRA Tudor and Stuart Translations Series, vol. 8 (London: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2012). 340pp.
Articles and Book Chapters
"Rethinking Absolutism: English de casibus Tragedy in the 1560s." "A Mirror for Magistrates" in Context. Ed. Harriet Archer and Andrew Hadfield. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016.
"Legal Satire and the Legal Profession in the 1590s: John Davies's Epigrammes and Professional Decorum." Oxford Handbook to English Law and Literature, 1500-1700. Ed. Bradin Cormack and Lorna Hutson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016.
"Early 'English Seneca': From Translations and the Scholarly Tradition to the Popular Stage." Brill Companion to the Reception of Senecan Tragedy. Ed. Eric Dodson-Robinson. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2016.
"A Note on Jasper Heywood's 'Free Compositions' in Troas (1559)" (co-authored with James Ker). Modern Philology 101:4 (2013), 564-75.
"Lyric Poetry at the Inns of Court: Forming a Professional Community." The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court. Ed. Jayne Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, Sarah Knight. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2011. 223–44.
"Literary Associations of the Middle Temple." History of the Middle Temple. Ed. Richard Havery. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011. 147–71.
"English Seneca: Heywood to Hamlet" in The Oxford Handbook in Tudor Literature. Ed. Mike Pincombe and Cathy Shrank. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. 472-89.
"National History to Foreign Calamity: A Mirror for Magistrates and Early English Tragedy." Shakespeare's Histories and Counter-Histories. Ed. Dermot Cavanagh, Stuart Hampton-Reeves, and Steve Longstaffe. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2006. 152-165.
"Seneca in Early Elizabethan England." Renaissance Quarterly 59:1 (2006): 29-58.
"Expanding the Political Nation: Gorboduc at the Inns of Court and Succession Revisited." Early Theatre: A Journal Associated with the Records of Early English Drama 8:1 (2005): 11-34.
"Love's Labor's Lost." The Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare: A Comprehensive Guide for Students. Ed. Joseph Rosenblum. 4vols. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005): 2:380-97.
"A Mirror for Magistrates and Public Political Discourse in Elizabethan England." Studies in Philology 101:4 (2004): 381-400.
Selected Awards and Honors
- Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2011-12
- Master Teacher Award, ISU Distinguished Teacher Selection Committee, 2007 and 2010
- Research Fellowship, Idaho Humanities Council, spring 2009
- Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Aberdeen, 2003-04
- 6663: Renaissance Seminar
- 4491: Senior Seminar
- 4477/5577: Shakespeare in Performance
- 4476/5576: Shakespeare
- 4463/5563: Renaissance Literature
- 3321: Genre Studies in Drama
- 3311: Writing and Research about Literature
- 2267: Survey Early British Literature
- 2211: Introduction to Literary Analysis
- 1102: Critical Reading and Writing
- 1101: Honors Humanities I
- 1101: English Composition
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