Lecturer in Comparative Literature
- PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2014
- MA, Brigham Young University, 2009
- BA, Brigham Young University, 2001
My research interests center on medieval and renaissance literature and culture with a particular focus on British literature, and the exchange between British and continental (especially French and Italian) literature and the arts, including music. More broadly, I consider how early period literary works, forms, and aesthetics circulated in their contemporary cultures and inform modern world literature and art, including music and film. My current book project is a study of the relationship between rhetoric and music theory in medieval and renaissance literature and culture, postulating a type of multi-modal medieval literary aesthetic and tradition. My publications include a recent essay in Studies in Philology, “Melodye and Noyse: an Aesthetic of Musica in The Knight's Tale and The Miller's Tale,” and current essay projects on Spenser's Faerie Queene, Beowulf, and Dante’s Commedia, respectively.
My teaching interests include medieval and renaissance literature and culture, world literature, rhetoric and composition, musicology, and manuscript studies/book history.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
- Medieval Literature
- Literature and Music
- Book History and Textual Studies
- Renaissance Literature