Director of Undergraduate Studies, English Department
Division of Humanities and the ArtsDepartment
My primary interests center on early modern literature and culture, but increasingly my work involves looking at medieval texts, too. I write about Shakespeare and Spenser as well as early women writers with whom we are less familiar, but I am also interested in the rise of literacy and its changing meanings; the education of young women, including Pocahontas; the clash between Catholic and Protestant habits of imagination during the early modern period; and how different forms of writing--including codes and ciphers, letters, diaries, notebooks, and playscripts--often come together or collide. My current project explores female agency and mobility on Shakespeare's stage.
- B.A. University of Virginia
- M.A., Ph.D., New York University
My publications include four books: Learning and Literacy in Female Hands, 1520-1698 (Ashgate, 2013); Women's Wealth and Women 's Writing in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2009); Favorite Sons: The Politics and Poetics of the Sidney Family (Palgrave, 2003); The Pathology of the English Renaissance: Sacred Remains and Holy Ghosts (Brill, 1998), as well as book chapters and essays in journals like Genre, Exemplaria, Early Modern Women, Critical Survey and The Huntington Library Quarterly.