B.A., English, Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Medieval Studies, University of York
I recently defended my dissertation, "Beyond Romance, Genre and History in England, 1066-1400," which investigates the relationship between historical literary genres and national identity in post-Conquest England. A portion of my fourth chapter, "Guy of Warwick and the Active Life of Historical Romance in Piers Plowman," is forthcoming in the Yearbook of Langland Studies (2014). I currently hold the Brizdle-Schoenberg Fellowship in the History of Material Texts, and help coordinate the Workshop in the History of Material Texts. More information about the Workshop, a Penn institution, may be found here.
I am also an active member of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, where I am undertaking new research and developing a digital project that combines the methodologies of book history and the digital humanities. The Penn Roll Project, as it is called, is an online portal for the study of fifteenth-century genealogical rolls featuring a variety of context including essays on their development and use, encoded digital images from libraries and institutions around the world, and data visualizations of the manuscript corpus. I am also working with Martin Foys and his NEH-funded DM (Digital Mappamundi) tool to create a collaborative digital workspace for the Project where scholars can view and mark up images from multiple rolls in an online environment. The website associated with the Project is expected to go live by the end of 2014. This work emerged from a 3-year project in which I transcribed a late-fifteenth-century Latin chronicle of the kings of England (UPenn Ms Roll 1066) and helped to create a freely available online version of the text. This work was partially funded by the Richard III Society and may be accessed here.
This year, I am teaching for the English department: in the Fall term, my Utopias and Dystopias course looks at the evolution of utopian thought from its inception in medieval travel narrative and early modern philosophy to contemporary science fiction. This Spring, I will teach Medieval Worlds, an introduction to medieval literature, and Pulp Fictions, a seminar on popular romance from Chaucer to Tarantino.
In my precious spare time, I can usually be found devouring some lengthy Victorian novel or knitting until my fingers bleed.
last updated 2014/12/15