Areas of Research
14th- and 15th-century English literature, especially Chaucer, Gower, and Lydgate; gender and political literature; Christine de Pizan and medieval French literature in England; and manuscript studies.
Honors and Awards
Conger-Gabel Teaching Professor, 2013-2016
American Association of University Women American Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2012-2013
International Travel Funds for Humanities Research, KU Office of International Programs, 2012
Mabel S. Fry Graduate Teaching Award, 2012
Finalist for the H.O.P.E. (Honor for Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award, Senior Class of 2010
Feminized Counsel and the Literature of Advice in England, 1350-1500 (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2014).
"Proverbial Fools and Rival Wisdom: Lydgate's Order of Fools and Marcolf." The Chaucer Review 49.2 (2014): 204-27.
“Barnyard Pedagogy: An Approach to Teaching Chaucer's Nun's Priest's Tale.’ Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 20 (2013): 19-40.
"Controlling the Uncontrollable: Love and Fortune in Book I of the Confessio Amantis." ES: Revista de Filología Inglesa, Special Issue: Gower in Context(s). Scribal, Linguistic, Literary and Socio-historical Readings, 33.1 (2012): 75-89.
“‘Thing which a Man Mai Noght Areche’: Women and Counsel in Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” The Chaucer Review 42.1 (2007): 91-109.
What I love most about medieval studies are the opportunities to study language history, to investigate handwritten manuscripts, and to analyze the complex, vibrant ways that Middle English authors draw on a variety of Latin and Continental sources. There is nothing more exhilarating than sitting in a rare book archive like KU's Spencer Research Library poring over a medieval manuscript to analyze its carefully scrawled text, its unique contents and beautiful illustrations, and the marginal comments that preserve evidence of how the texts were read hundreds of years ago. My current research explores gender, fortune and fate, and manuscript studies in works by Chaucer, Gower, Lydgate, and Christine de Pizan that were popular in late medieval England.
My first monograph – Feminized Counsel and the Literature of Advice in England, 1350-1500 – explores Middle English political literature that represents women as wise, beneficial counselors to kings. In particular, I investigate the ways that, rather than define masculine authority against women, male poets develop their authority as writers of advice alongside such women characters, and in the ways that these positive depictions of women challenge the dominant misogynist tradition that depicted women as inferior and powerless. I am currently working on a critical edition of medieval English translations of Christine de Pizan's Epistre Othea for the Middle English Texts Series and related studies of the diverse manuscript history of the Othea in French and English.