I work on fourteenth- and fifteenth-century literary exchange between Francophone regions of medieval Europe (England, France, Northern Spain, Northern Italy, and what are now modern-day French Switzerland, French Belgium, and the Netherlands). My research engages with transnationalism studies, translation theory, and the history of the material text. I have an A.B. magna cum laude in History and Literature from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Marquette, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Medieval French at Northwestern University.
My current book project, Politics in Translation: Canonizing Chaucer in the Hundred Years War, uncovers an unknown cross-European Francophone discourse, taking place within a specific lyric genre known as the formes fixes. This discourse sought to recalibrate the idea of a Francophone literary canon amid the emergence of new proto-nationalist lines of division during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) that fragmented and divided contemporary Francophone culture. This discourse, I argue, went on to enormously influence the reception of Chaucer in the early fifteenth century. For my next book project I intend to continue examining overtly political and politicized responses to the Hundred Years War that use mixed media—text, performance, and the visual arts—to further their sociopolitical critique.
Like my scholarship, my teaching is committed to investigating the multilingualism and regional diversity of the medieval reading public. In this way, I build my students’ sensitivity to the concept of a “national” literary canon. Aided by my material text expertise, I make prominent use, in my teaching, of digitized manuscript archives and digital humanities projects. By encountering texts in their original material form, my students can see beyond the modern edition and uncover the vital importance of physical layout and visual image to readerly reception. As I situate the text in its contemporary moment, I also draw it into generative new contexts, such as when I discuss the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381 in the context of contemporary political protests or use Game of Thrones to think about the modern racial representation of the Middle Ages.
- HOPR 1955: Honors Freshman Seminar – Brave New Worlds
- ENGL 4301: Medieval Studies - Here Be Monsters
- ENGL 4311: Medieval Literature and Chaucer - Make Love Not War
- ENGL 4931: Special Topics - Castles in the Clouds: Studies in the Medieval Imagination
- ENGL 4991: Senior Capstone - The History of the Book
- ENGL 6210: British Literature before 1500 – Chaucer
- Medieval Literature (English, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch)
- Multilingualism in Medieval England
- History of the Book and Material Text
- Translation Studies
- Nationalism and Transnationalism Studies
- “Political Animals: Form and the Animal Fable in Langland’s Rodent Parliament and Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale,” Yearbook of Langland Studies 32 (2018), 287-311.
- “‘Counterfeit’ Imitatio: Understanding the Poet-Patron Relationship in Guillaume de Machaut’s Fonteinne amoureuse and Geoffrey Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess” in Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess: New Interpretations, ed. Jamie Fumo (Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 2018), 157-75.
- “True Colors: The Significance of Machaut’s and Chaucer’s Use of Blue to Represent Fidelity” in Machaut’s Legacy: The Judgment Poetry Tradition in Late Medieval Literature, ed. Burt Kimmelman and R. Barton Palmer (Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2017), 139-64
- “‘But Who Will Bell the Cat?’: Deschamps, Brinton, Langland, and the Hundred Years War.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 30 (2016): 253-76
- “The Poems of ‘Ch’: Taxonomizing Literary Tradition” in Taxonomies of Knowledge: Information and Order in Medieval Manuscripts, ed. Emily Steiner and Lynn Ransom (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press), 7-36
- “‘And kis the steppes where as thow seest pace’: Reconstructing the Spectral Canon in Statius and Chaucer” in Chaucer and Fame: Reputation and Reception, ed. Isabel Davis and Catherine Nall (Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 2015), 57-74
- “Tending to One’s Garden: Deschamps’ ‘Ballade to Chaucer’ Reconsidered,” Medium Aevum 85.2 (2016): 236-58(with Jean-Pascal Pouzet), “Dijon, Burgundy” in Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418, ed. David Wallace (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 1: 102-24
Honors and Awards
- Huntington Library Short-Term Fellowship
- Rare Book School Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography
- American Association of University Women Dissertation Completion Fellowship
- University of Pennsylvania Dissertation Completion Fellowship
- University of Pennsylvania Dean’s Scholar
- Medieval Academy of America and Richard III Society Schallek Award
- 1955H/903 TuTh 2:00-3:15 Lalumiere 192
- Honors First Year Seminar
- 4301/101 TuTh 3:30-4:45 Lalumiere 192
- Medieval Literature and Chaucer: Here Be Monsters