Current Research

Available Soon - Upcoming Talks - Dissertation - Work in Progress
A full list of completed and published projects is available in my CV.


Available Soon

"The Proleptic Fantasy of Anglo-Saxon Crusade in a Manuscript for King Henry VI," Journal of English and Germanic Philology (forthcoming)

"Eschatology for Cannibals: A System of Aberrance in the Old English Andreas," Disability, Monstrosity, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World, ed. Richard H. Godden and Asa Simon Mittman (Palgrave, expected release 2019)

“The Martyrdom of St. Margaret of Antioch” and Saint Augustine of Hippo, “City of God Against the Pagans: Book XII, Chapter 19,” teaching translation, in The Medieval Disability Sourcebook, edited by Cameron Hunt McNabb (forthcoming). 


Upcoming talks

19 December 2018
A Short History of Disability in the Middle Ages: Medicine, Archaeology, Religion, and Poetry,” public lecture, Wisconsin Alumni Association and Wisconsin Public Television series: Wednesday Nite @ the Lab (UW-Madison, Madison, WI).
Recording will be available online after Dec. 20, 2018.

May 2019
Sexual Assault and Salvation in the Sermo Lupi ad Anglos,” International Congress on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI).


Dissertation

Embodied Lives and Afterlives: Disability and the Eschatological Imaginary in Early Medieval England

Status: Successfully defended 23 October 2018, minor revisions in progress, expected deposit in January 2019.

“Embodied Lives and Afterlives” argues that early medieval English literature formulated concepts of death and the afterlife through representations of disability and other forms of bodily difference. Old English philosophical treatises, saints’ legends, and both epic and lyric poetry are populated by saintly, monstrous, heroic, and dead bodies, which collectively reveal the dependence of early English discourse upon particularly medieval notions of disability. Fueled by such bodies, the eschatological imaginary of early medieval England used impairment and healing, vulnerability and strength, disability and hyper-ability to understand lived experiences of the earthly body and to envision the resurrected body of the promised Christian afterlife.


Work in Progress

Edited volumes:

Disability and the Medieval Cults of Saints: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches, co-edited with Alicia Spencer-Hall and Stephanie Grace-Petinos. Volume proposal invited by press and currently in development.

More Fuss about the Body: New Medievalists’ Perspectives, co-edited with Stephanie Grace-Petinos. Currently soliciting submissions; volume proposal invited by press.

Essay:

"A Medieval Poetics of Neurodiversity: Hoccleve's 'Compleinte' and the Old English Rhyming Poem"
(in progress, estimated length: 9,000 words)
In this essay, I model a novel approach to neurodiversity in medieval literatures, through two medieval English poems: "My Compleinte" in Thomas Hoccleve's fifteenth-century Series and the Old English Rhyming Poem in the tenth-century Exeter Book. While Hoccleve's very public experience of mental illness prior to composing the Series is relatively well-documented, the context and origins of the Rhyming Poem are mysterious, even by the standards of Old English poetry. I argue that both poems poetically construct neurodivergent thought patterns through meter, syntax, and poetic form, normalizing alternative modes of thinking and diverse experiences of interiority. I posit that attending to the poetics of neurodiversity in these two poems facilitates new ways of thinking about neurodiversity (including mental illness, cognitive impairment, and learning disability) in the study of medieval literature, both in scholarly research and in the college classroom.