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- Medieval Literature 1350-1500
- Arthurian Literature
- J. R. R. Tolkien
- Modern Fantasy
- BA (Wilfrid Laurier)
- MPhil (Oxford)
- PhD (University of Toronto)
I am interested in the ways vernacular English writers in the Later Middle Ages thought language worked. We have a lot of philosophy of language in Latin, but we have very little in English. I am working on a book tentatively titled Greynes of Salt: The Image of Language in Medieval English Literature.
My broader research includes most Later Middle English writing, such as Chaucer, Malory, Margery Kempe, the cycle dramas, and medieval romances; as well as modern medievalist fantasy such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Guy Gavriel Kay.
- Twentieth Century Chaucer Criticism: Reading Audiences. Ashgate Press, 2010.
- Co-ed. with Jason Harris, Transmission and Transformation in the Middle Ages: Texts and Contexts (Four Courts Press, 2007).
- “When the ‘Event’ Happens: Teaching Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘Wife of Bath’s Tale’ in the context of the Dalhousie Dentistry Scandal.” Dissonant Methods: Pedagogy against Disciplines. Ed. Kit Dobson and Ada Jaarsma. (Calgary: University of Alberta Press, 2018).
- “Could Gollum Be Singing a Sonnet? The Poetic Project of The Lord of the Rings” Tolkien Studies 14 (2017), 53-69.
- “The Once and Future Childslayer: Guy Gavriel Kay’s Inversion of Malory’s Morte Darthur.” Arthuriana. 25.2 (2015), 67-73.
- “When Polemic Trumps Poetry: Buried Medieval Poem(s) in the Protestant Print I Playne Piers.” Renaissance Retrospections: Tudor Views of the Middle Ages. Ed. Sarah Kelen. Kalamazoo, Medieval Institute Publications, 2013. 37-69.
- “Disorienting Orientalism: Finding Saracens in Strange Places in Late Medieval English Manuscripts.” Exemplaria 21.4, Winter 2009. 380-398.
- “An Online Poetry Course (for Carol)” in Teaching Literature and Language Online, Ian Lancashire, ed. (Modern Language Association of America, 2009).
- “Tutivillus and the ‘Kyrkchaterars’: Strategies of Control in the Middle Ages,” Studies in Philology 102.4 (2005).
- “‘Alum de glas’ or ‘Alymed glas’? Manuscript Reading in Book III of the House of Fame,” The University of Toronto Quarterly 73.4 (2004).
- “Merlin’s Magical Writing,” Arthuriana 11:3 (2001).
- “The Hanged Man: Lancelot and Guinevere in Malory’s Morte Darthur.” British and American StudiesVII (2001).
- “Shepherds, Regents and Lecherous Widows: The Strategies of Power in Middle English Literature.” The AnaChronist (2000).