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Department of English
Marquette Hall, 115
1217 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Marquette Hall, 242MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America(414) email@example.comCurriculum Vitae
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.