I earned my BA (English Honours) at UBC (1985), my MA at University of Toronto (1987), and my PhD at Brandeis University in Boston (1992). I returned to UBC in 1995 as a faculty member.
I have served on the Graduate Committee in the Department of English and am the instigator and faculty advisor for our new PhD Co-op program. I’ve been president of the UBC Faculty Association, the union representing faculty and librarians at UBC, and I currently serve on the Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee of CAUT (our national professors’ organization).
The English Renaissance is my scholarly neighbourhood, and I’m particularly interested in historicism, feminist theory, poetics, and cultural theory. I’ve published Gender and the Sacred Self in John Donne and Grief and Women Writers in the English Renaissance along with articles and book chapters on Milton, Shakespeare, Lanyer, Philips, funeral sermons, epistolary collections, and conduct books.
I teach interactively and collaboratively, and I am deeply fascinated by social history; all of my courses reflect these priorities.
Research and graduate supervision: I have published on 16th and 17th century non-dramatic literatures as well as on Shakespeare. I have particular interests in both gender-theory and the history of spiritual cultures (the Reformation), and I work on both poetics and prose non-fiction. I have worked with students on research projects covering Cavendish and intellectual history; Shakespeare and Calvinism; Herbert’s “The Temple”; allegory; Donne’s holy sonnets and queerness; Milton’s Satan; war in Henry V… that sort of thing.
- Grief and Women Writers in the English Renaissance. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- Gender and the Sacred Self in John Donne. University of Delaware Press, 1999.
- “Remembering Cleopatra,” Shakespeare and Consciousness. Eds Paul Budra & Clifford Werier. Palgrave. Forthcoming.
- “Queen David: The Politics of 16th century French and English Vernacular Psalms,” Vernacular Bibles and Religious Reforms. Eds. Wim François & August den Hollander. Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium, Peeters Publishers (Leuven). Forthcoming.
- “Katherine Philips at the Wedding,”The Noble Flame of Katherine Philips: A Poetics of Culture, Politics, and Friendship. Ed. David L.Orvis & Ryan Paul. Duquesne University Press, Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies series, 2015. 187-212.
- “’A Paradaisal Creature: Eve and the Unsuspecting Garden in Seventeenth Century Literature,” Biblical Women in Seventeenth Century Literary Culture. Ed. Victoria Brownlee & Laura Gallagher. Manchester University Press, 2014. 41-58.
- “Milton Takes the Veil,”Milton and Questions of History. Ed. Mary Nyquist & Feisal Mohamed. University of Toronto Press, 2012. 311-326. “Alma Mater,” Performing Pedagogy: Gender and Instruction in Early Modern England. Eds. Kathryn Moncrief & Katherine Montgomery. Ashgate, 2011. 159-177.
- “’Amorous Metaphors’: John Donne’s Prose”, MLA Guide to Teaching Early Modern Prose. Ed. Margaret W. Ferguson & Susannah Monta. Modern Languages Association Press, 2009. 224-236.
- ““A cypress, not a bosom, hides my heart”: Olivia’s Veiled Conversions,” with Amy Smith. Early Modern Literary Studies 15.1: 2011, np.
- “A Fine and Private Place: Vives, Taylor, and Chapman’s Theatrical Widow”, Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England 22: 2009, 60-81.
- “The Domestic ‘Fruit of Eves Transgression’ in Stuart Funeral Sermons,” Prose Studies 29:1, April 2006, 1-19.
- “Mourning, Gender, and Prophetic Authority in Paradise Lost,” Early Modern Literary Studies 11.1, May 2005, n.p: 6100 words. [http://purl.org/emls]
- “Prophecy and Gendered Mourning in Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum,” Studies in English Literature 43:1, Winter 2003, 101-17.
- “When God Proposes: Agency, Marriage and Gender in Milton’s Tetrachordon,” Milton Studies 31, 1994, 23-49.
I am collaborating on the project “Shakespeare and Spectatorship”: co-edited essay collection with Thomas Moretti.