Professor of English
PhD, English (2001), University of California, Los Angeles
MA, English (1997), University of California, Los Angeles
California Teaching Credential in English (1988), University of California, Davis
BA, English and German (1986), University of California, Davis
The seventeenth century, or late Renaissance, has always struck me as a period of extraordinary intellectual richness. It is the beginning of modern philosophy, modern science, and modern two-party government, and it provides the background for some of the most powerful verse written in English. My research focuses on a few poets of the time--Herbert, Milton, Marvell, and Vaughan. I am particularly interested in literary representations of nature and how people adjusted their views of spaces such as gardens and the countryside as the scientific revolution progressed. In the classes I teach I often incorporate materials that involve problems about nature, as well as issues in religion, aesthetic theory, and pedagogy.
"Domesticating and Foreignizing the Sublime: Paradise Lost in German," forthcoming 2016 in Milton in Translation, ed. Angelica Duran, Islam Issa, and Jonathan Olson (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
"Bioaesthetics and the American West," 2014, Found in Alberta: Environmental Themes for the Anthropocene, ed. Robert Boschman and Mario Trono (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press).
"Fairfax, Marvell, and the Mowers of Nun Appleton," 2013, Ben Jonson Journal.
"German Translations of Paradise Lost," 2012, Yale Milton Encyclopedia.
"Herbert's Pastor as Herbalist," 2010, George Herbert's Pastoral: New Essays on the Poet and Priest of Bemerton, ed. Christopher Hodgkins (Newark: University of Delaware Press).
"Baptisms and Burials: The Presence of the Prayer Book in Herbert's Nature Poetry," 2006, George Herbert Journal.
"Seventeenth-Century Teeth," 2003, Rendezvous.
"Andrew Marvell's Garden-Variety Debates," 2001, Huntington Library Quarterly.
"Andrew Marvell, Man Without Qualities," 2011, Essay Review, Huntington Library Quarterly.
Master Teacher, ISU, 2007
- 6632: Seminar in Teaching Literature
- 6625: Seminar in a Literary Period
- 4474/5574: Milton
- 4464/5564: Studies in 17th-Century Literature
- 4463/5563: Renaissance Literature
- 4461/5561: Studies in Classical Literature
- 3341: Bible as Literature
- 3322: Genre Studies in Poetry
- 3311: Writing and Research about Literature
- 1115: Literature and the Environment
- 1102: Critical Reading and Writing
- 1101: English Composition
- Classical (Greek and Roman) Literature
- Science and Religion in Literature
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