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Office: Merrifield 122E
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- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, English
- M.A., University of Illinois, English
- B.A., Brandeis University, English and American Literature
- I received my Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. My concentration and subsequent research has been in early modern English literature, including Shakespeare and seventeenth century writers. Publications include a book, The Politics of Melancholy from Spenser to Milton (Routledge, 2006), as well as articles on Thomas Brown (Studies in English Literature), John Donne (Prose Studies), and Thomas Percy (Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching). An essay on Barnabe Riche will appear in a collection, Staging the Superstitions of Early Modern Europe (Ashgate, 2013), and an essay on the Bowdlers' Family Shakespeare will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies.
After taking two wonderful but temporary positions at Macalester College and University of Missouri-Columbia, I arrived at UND in 2005. Since then I have been teaching a variety of courses, with regular rotation through Shakespeare, the first part of the English survey, and the first part of the introduction for majors, Reading and Writing about Texts.
Aside from the stuff I read for my job, I am obsessed with a number of writers, including Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Philip K. Dick, and Philip Roth--to name just a few. When I am not in my office, you can find me either at home with my family or dogging it on the Grand Forks Greenway.
- My concentration in graduate school, and in my research, is on early modern literature, including Shakespeare. I am currently busy with research on conspiracy culture in Elizabethan England. In addition, I am researching eighteenth century adaptations of Shakespeare.
- Forthcoming: "Let Not Phantasies Misgouerne You": Entertainment as Religious Polemic (The Case of Barnabe Riche), Staging Superstitions in Early Modern England, eds. Verena Theile and Andrew McCarthy (under contract with Ashgate Publishers)
- Forthcoming: "Teaching the Canonical as Non-Canonical: Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry in the Early English Survey," Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching.
- Forthcoming: "The Hazards of Expurgation: Adapting Measure for Measure to the Bowdler Family Shakespeare (Forthcoming in The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies).
- The Politics of Melancholy from Spenser to Milton (Routledge, 2006).
Courses Recently Taught
- English 271: Reading and Writing about Texts
- English 315: Shakespeare (Early)
- English 316: Shakespeare (Late)
- English 301: Survey of English Literature (Early)
- Special Topics include courses on Milton, genre theory and criticism, and English drama in the seventeenth century.
- English 510: History of Literary Criticism
- English 511: Problems in Literary Criticism
- Special Topics include courses on early modern lyric and approaches to teaching Shakespeare.
- In 2011, I led discussions at the Mayville public library on Lin Enger's novel, Undiscovered Country, and Shakespeare's Hamlet, as part of the NDHC's Dakota Discussions series.
- I am a running enthusiast. My preferred events are the 10K and the marathon, but I will run in just about anything. I will share my experience and advice with anyone who is willing or unwilling to listen.
The family and I love the outdoors, particularly to camp. While we are fortunate to live close to so many beautiful spots in Minnesota, we also like to head out West. Montana, Wyoming, and Utah top our list of favorites.