Scholarship

Areas of Special Interest

Shakespeare/ Renaissance Drama • Poetry • Medieval Literature

Current Projects

The Metamorphoses of Bastardy (and Other Illegitimacies) from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance: a book-length study of the ways the concepts of bastardy changed from around 1350 to 1600, and the relationship those changes had to women.

“Hearsay and Gender in Shakespeare’s Plays”: an article-in-progress looking at the way our good opinion of several of Shakespeare’s male “heroes” is left to depend on the report of others, while our favourable perception of female characters is almost always confirmed by their actions.

“Contexts of Sir Orfeo”: an examination of the lingering influences of other tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses on the Medieval version of “Orpheus and Eurydice.”

Betrayal and Treason in “Wynnere and Wastoure”

Publications

Contributor. Medieval Manuscripts in the Norlin Library: A Summary Catalogue. Compiled by Julia Boffey and A.S.G. Edwards. Fairview, N.C.: Pegasus Press, 2002.

“Dear Sophie.” Fiction for Dessert, 6 May, 2010. Flash Fiction Contest, Honorable Mention. http://fictionfordessert.blogspot.com/.

“Wonder Regained.” The Independent Scholar. January 2011. http://www.ncis.org/.

Contributor. Pay Attention: A River of Stones. Edited by Fiona Robyn and Kaspalita. Raleigh, N. C.: Lulu Press, 2011.

Contributor. 18 and 28 March, 2012. http://www.ahandfulofstones.com. Edited by Fiona Robin.

Contributor. A Blackbird Sings. Edited by Fiona Robyn and Kaspalita. Malvern, England: Woodsmoke  Press, 2012.

Papers Presented

“A Chaucerian Knight’smare: The Secret Amazon Invasion in The Knight’s Tale,” presented at 30th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 4-7 May, 1995.

“Because I Said So: Maternity and Authority in the Literature I Choose to Read and the Life I Try to Live.” Feminist Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, 27-28 February and 1 March, 1998.

“Issues of Issue: Authority and Legitimacy in Piers Plowman” presented at 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 5-8 May, 2005.

“Bastard Evolution: Legitimacies and Texts from 1350 to the Early 1600s,” presented at the 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 7–10, 2009.

“Point, Counterpoint, and Precedent: Female Literacy, Legality, and Legitimacy in Lydgate’s Disguising at Hertford Castle” presented at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10-13, 2012.

“Medieval Dream Visions Hang Ten: Tropes on Board with the Beach Boys” presented at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10-13, 2012.

“Betrayal and Treason in ‘Wynnere and Wastoure’” to be presented at the 2013 Medieval Association of the Pacific Conference in San Diego, California, March 21-23, 2013.

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