Assistant Professor

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: Lyric Form and the Francophone Author in Late Medieval Europe, uncovers an unknown cross-European Francophone discourse, taking place within a specific lyric genre known as the formes fixes, that responded to the emergence of proto-nationalist lines of division during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Previous scholars have tended to focus on the cultural proximity of Continental Francophone poets, neglecting their own intra-Continental political differences. At the same time, scholars have stressed the political differences between England and the Continent, as aggravated by the war, while downplaying the cultural proximity between Francophone English poets and their Continental counterparts. My project restores the full complexity of late medieval cross-Channel relations by uncovering a discourse that reflected on the paradox of experiencing cultural unity despite newfound political enmity.

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 use the HBO show True Blood to teach Sir Gawain and the Green Knight or stand-up comedian Amy Schumer to teach The Book of Margery Kempe. Recent courses include: “Here Be Monsters,” “Brave New Worlds from Plato to Swift” and “Poets without Borders.”

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