Professor of English
PhD, Medieval Studies (1998), University of Toronto
MA, Medieval Studies (1992), University of Toronto
BA, Medieval Studies and the Epic (1990), Kenyon College
Diploma, Italian Language and Culture (1989), Università per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy
I consider myself a philologist, literally, a "lover of language." Unlike the linguist who, as a scientist of language, attempts to work towards broader abstract principles, the philologist finds value in the unique historical artifact, seeing it as a moment of connection with a human impulse in the past, however remote. In my case, in recent years, this has taken the form of a series of articles on early Anglo-Saxon artifacts that incorporate texts and pictures: specifically, the very unique Old English Franks Casket and an inscribed gold strip in the recently discovered Staffordshire Hoard. I'm interested in early medieval forms of writing, and how knowledge may be represented in physical shape. Always I want to recover as best as possible what someone centuries ago must have meant.
I enjoy teaching all my classes, from English Composition to Old English, and from Literary Analysis to the Medieval Dream Vision. I find in every case that there is always occasion for shared inquiry and discovery in the classroom, and I feel fortunate to be able to interact with students and colleagues in this setting, as well as to be part of the larger community in Pocatello.
"Of Water and the Spirit: Metaphorical Focus in Exeter Book Riddle 74." Forthcoming in Review of English Studies.
"The Non-Coherence of the Franks Casket: Reading Text, Image, and Design on an Early Anglo-Saxon Artifact." Viator 45.2 (2014): 17-54.
"Dialect and Word Choice in Old English: Two Case Studies with Old English Perception Verbs." Anglia: Journal of English Philology 130.4 (2012): 471-98.
"'Rise Up, Lord, Scatter Your Enemies': Faith and Doubt in the Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard." Quidditas: The Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (2012): 232-6.
"The Inscribed Gold Strip in the Staffordshire Hoard: The Text and Script of an early Anglo-Saxon Biblical Inscription." Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 18 (2012): 62-74.
"Traditional Approaches to Monolingual Lexicography." The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Ed. Carol A. Chapelle. Wiley-Blackwell. Published online 5 Nov. 2012, print Jan. 2013.
"The Roman Letters on the Anglo-Saxon Franks Casket." Studia Neophilologica 81 (2009): 17-23.
"The Ghostly Voice of Gossip in Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily.'" The Explicator 65 (Summer 2007): 229-32. Rpt. in The Norton Anthology of Literature. New York: Norton, 2010. 701-3.
"Stanc æfter stane (Beowulf, l. 2288): Philology, Narrative Context, and the Waking Dragon." Journal of English and Germanic Philology 106.1 (January 2007): 22-44.
"Six Color Words in the Pearl Poet: Middle English Blake, Blayke, Blaht, Blo, Blwe and Ble." Studia Neophilologica (Spring 2000): 156-8.
"The Old English Translation of Aldhelm’s Riddle Lorica." Review of English Studies 48 (1997): 345-349.
"In Praise of Bald Men: A Translation of Hucbald’s Ecloga de calvis." Comitatus 26 (1996): 1-9.
"Words for the Colour Orange in Italian." Quaderni d’italianistica 15 (1994): 137-149.
- 6662: Seminar in Medieval Literature
- 6621: Seminar in Modern(ist) Short Story Sequences
- 4491: Senior Seminar: Readers' Desires and the Writer's Response
- 4487/5587: History of the English Language
- 4486/5586: Old English
- 4473/5573: Chaucer
- 4462/5562: Medieval Literature: Dream Visions of the Later Middle Ages
- 3323: Genre Studies in Prose Fiction: The Short Story Sequence
- 2280: Grammar and Usage
- 2267: Survey of English Literature I
- 2211: Introduction to Literary Analysis
- 1110: Introduction to Literature
- 1102: Critical Reading and Writing
- 1101: English Composition
- HONS 1101: Honors Humanities I
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