University of Toronto, PhD
Balliol College, Oxford, MSt

Working across the once-conventional divide between the Middle Ages and Early Modernity, my research examines the foundations of English literary history, the origins of the English canon, the intersections between the pastoral and elegiac modes, the bases of historical periodization, and the interactions among manuscript and print cultures. I argue for the importance of the Middle Ages to Early Modern poetics, for the relevance of book history to discussions of poetic influence and canonicity, for the significance of premodern poets to modern theories of epochal change, for an understanding of “context” that is both synchronic and diachronic in scope, and for an account of English literary history that also looks beyond national and linguistic borders. My most recent research has been published in Spenser Studies, Modern Philology, Philological Quarterly, and The Chaucer Review, and I am currently developing these arguments in two books: Forms of Mediation: Spenser, Chaucer, and the Origins of English Literary History, and Narratives of Early Modernity: Poets and Periodization from Chaucer and Spenser to Shakespeare and Milton.

  • “(Un)couth: Chaucer, The Shepheardes Calender, and the Forms of Mediation,” forthcoming in Spenser Studies 31.1 (2016): 241-69.
  • “Literary Paternity and Narrative Revival: Chaucer’s Soul(s) from Spenser to Dryden,” Modern Philology 114.1 (2016): 39-58.
  • “Reading Chaucer’s Calkas: Prophecy and Authority in Troilus and Criseyde,” co-authored with Sarah Star, The Chaucer Review 51.3 (2016): 382-401.
  • “Wordsworth’s Chaucer: Mediation and Transformation in English Literary History,” Philological Quarterly 94.4 (2015): 377-403.