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, and Scene Focus/Arrêt sur Scène, and edited collections, most recently A New Companion to Renaissance Drama.
Forthcoming publications include an article on critically regional Shakespeare in Shakespeare Bulletin and a chapter on adaptation theory and The Merchant of Venice in a volume edited by Tom Bishop, Gina Bloom, and Erika T. Lin.
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 .
- An essay on identity-based caucusing in the online literature classroom. Drawing on IRB-authorized student work, I am co-writing this essay with Dr. Elizabeth Williamson, Faculty at Evergreen State College. It will be appearing in an MLA volume on online pedagogy.
- 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.