University of Toronto, PhD

My research bridges the conventional divide between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, examining the foundations of English literary history, the bases of historical periodization, the intersections between pastoral and elegiac modes, and the interactions among manuscript, print, and dramatic cultures. I demonstrate the influence of medieval on Renaissance poetics, the relevance of book history to discussions of poetic imitation and canonicity, the significance of premodern poets to modern theories of epochal change, and the importance of extending English literary history beyond national and linguistic borders. Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, my research has been published in Modern Philology, Spenser Studies, the Chaucer Review, and Philological Quarterly, and currently involves two book projects: the first rewriting the traditionally-genealogical form of literary history, the second analyzing the representational strategies by which early English poets give shape to time.




“Alcyone’s Grave: Inscription and Intertextuality in Chaucer, Spenser, and Ovid,” forthcoming in Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess: New Interpretations, ed. Jamie C. Fumo (Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2018), 36 typescript pages.

“Spenser, Chaucer, and the Renaissance Squire’s Tale,” forthcoming in Spenser Studies 33.1 (2018): 37 typescript pages.

“(Un)couth: Chaucer, The Shepheardes Calender, and the Forms of Mediation,” 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, Chaucer Review 51.3 (2016): 382-401.

“Wordsworth’s Chaucer: Mediation and Transformation in English Literary History,” Philological Quarterly 94.4 (2015): 377-403.




Warren Ginsberg, Tellers, Tales, and Translation in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), forthcoming in Modern Philology 115 (2018).

Cynthia A. Nazarian, Love’s Wounds: Violence and the Politics of Poetry in Early Modern England (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016), forthcoming in Sixteenth Century Journal 48 (2017).