My first book, Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England, explores the relationship between theatrical tragedy and actual tragedy in 16th- and 17th-century London. I argue that early modern English tragedy is an urban genre. Understanding this connection is necessary to a full and accurate history of tragedy as a theoretical concept, a dramatic practice, and a cultural idea and lived experience. I researched and wrote this book with the generous support of a year-long fellowship for faculty at Hispanic-serving institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
My publications on Shakespeare, Milton, their contemporaries, and their adapters, appear in numerous journals, including English Literary Renaissance, Modern Language Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare Bulletin, and Scene Focus/Arrêt sur Scène, as well as edited collections, such as forthcoming essays on adaptations of The Merchant of Venice in a collection on games and theater edited by Tom Bishop, Gina Bloom, and Erika T. Lin, and on identity-based caucusing in the online literature classroom, co-written with Dr. Elizabeth Williamson, Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development at Evergreen State College, in an MLA volume edited by John Miller and Julie Wilhelm.
Currently I am working on several projects. They include:
- A book-length study of the writings of John Milton, focusing on the representation of historical and bodily movements. I conducted archival research for this study, which is tentatively titled Revolutionary Bodies, through a grant from the Folger Shakespeare Library .
- A collection of critical essays, co-edited with Dr. Rachel Trubowitz, Professor at the University of New Hampshire, entitled Milton’s Moving Bodies.
- An edition of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. This collaborative endeavor with Dr. Jayme M. Yeo, Belmont University, is my way of giving back to Internet Shakespeare Editions, an amazing open-access resource for students and teacher.