Professor of English
Chair of the History Department
PhD, English (2002), University of California, Santa Barbara
MA, English (1996), University of California, Santa Barbara
BA, English (1994), Wellesley College
Complete CV available online at: academia.edu.
My expertise lies in early modern literature and culture (c. 1485-1642), with areas of specialization in sixteenth-century literature, early modern drama, and Shakespeare. My current research focuses on the literary culture of the early English legal societies and law schools, the Inns of Court, which were centers for literary activity from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century. I am now moving in new research directions, including drama in the sixteenth-century English grammar schools and the relationships between criticism and craft in the performance of Shakespeare on major English stages in the twentieth century.
My teaching interests range widely and I enjoy the challenge of developing classes that cross disciplines, periods, and genres. The courses I teach regularly include: Composition, British Literature Survey, Genre Studies in Drama, Shakespeare, and Shakespeare in Performance, and topics-based upper-division and graduate classes in Renaissance literature.
Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1581 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).
Elizabethan Seneca: Three Tragedies (co-edited with James Ker), MHRA Tudor and Stuart Translations Series, vol. 8 (London: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2012). 340pp.
Articles and Book Chapters
"Legal Satire and the Legal Profession in the 1590s: John Davies's Epigrammes and Professional Decorum." Oxford Handbook to English Law and Literature, 1500-1700, ed. Bradin Cormack and Lorna Hutson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017.
"Rethinking Absolutism: English de casibus Tragedy in the 1560s," A Mirror for Magistrates in Context: Literature, History and Politics before the Age of Shakespeare, ed. Harriet Archer and Andrew Hadfield. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 199-215.
"Early 'English Seneca': From 'Coterie' Translations to the Popular Stage," Brill's Companion to the Reception of Senecan Tragedy: Scholarly, Theatrical, and Literary Receptions, ed. Eric Dodson-Robinson. Leiden: Brill, 2016. 174-202.
"A Note on Jasper Heywood's 'Free Compositions' in Troas (1559)" (co-authored with James Ker). Modern Philology 101:4 (2013), 564-75.
"Lyric Poetry at the Inns of Court: Forming a Professional Community." The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court. Ed. Jayne Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, Sarah Knight. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2011. 223–44.
"Literary Associations of the Middle Temple." History of the Middle Temple. Ed. Richard Havery. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011. 147–71.
"English Seneca: Heywood to Hamlet" in The Oxford Handbook in Tudor Literature. Ed. Mike Pincombe and Cathy Shrank. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. 472-89.
"National History to Foreign Calamity: A Mirror for Magistrates and Early English Tragedy." Shakespeare's Histories and Counter-Histories. Ed. Dermot Cavanagh, Stuart Hampton-Reeves, and Steve Longstaffe. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2006. 152-165.
"Seneca in Early Elizabethan England." Renaissance Quarterly 59:1 (2006): 29-58.
"Expanding the Political Nation: Gorboduc at the Inns of Court and Succession Revisited." Early Theatre: A Journal Associated with the Records of Early English Drama 8:1 (2005): 11-34.
"Love's Labor's Lost." The Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare: A Comprehensive Guide for Students. Ed. Joseph Rosenblum. 4vols. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005): 2:380-97.
"A Mirror for Magistrates and Public Political Discourse in Elizabethan England." Studies in Philology 101:4 (2004): 381-400.
- Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2011-12
- Master Teacher, ISU, 2007, 2010
- Research Fellowship, Idaho Humanities Council, spring 2009
- Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Aberdeen, 2003-04
- Censorship and Renaissance Literature (graduate seminar)
- Adaptations of Seneca in Renaissance Drama (graduate seminar)
- Non-Shakespearean Renaissance drama (graduate seminar)
- Adaptations of Shakespeare, 1600-2000 (senior seminar)
- Shakespeare in Performance (combined undergraduate/graduate)
- Shakespeare (combined undergraduate/graduate)
- Renaissance Literature - Women in Renaissance Literature (combined undergraduate/graduate)
- Genre Studies in Drama - Survey of Tragedy (upper-division)
- Writing and Research about Literature (upper-division)
- Survey Early British Literature (lower-division)
- Introduction to Literary Analysis (lower-division)
- Critical Reading and Writing (general education)
- Honors Humanities I (general education)
- English Composition (general education)
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