office hours: ON LEAVE academic year 2015-16
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Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Renaissance literature, lyric poetry, religion and literature, Shakespeare.
Posthumous Love: Ero and the Afterlife in Renaissance England
University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2014
* Honorable Mention: James Russell Lowell Prize
Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici and Urne-Burial
co-editor, New York Review Books Classics, 2012
John Donne, Body and Soul
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Common Prayer: The Language of Public Devotion in Early Modern England
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001
Articles in PMLA, Representations, Renaissance Drama, Word and Image, among others.
Mortal Love: Erotic Verse in the English Renaissance. A book-length study of why English Renaissance poets reject the Petrarchan idea that love can transcend death.
Guggenheim Fellowship, 2012-13
American Academy in Rome Scholar in Residence, Fall 2012
American Council of Learned Societies to pursue new book project, Posthumous Love: Erotic Verse in the English Renaissance 2009-10
Year-long fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin 2003-04
Best Book of the Year from the Conference on Christianity and Literature for Common Prayer 2001
Selected Courses Taught
Shakespeare (ENG 33a)
Renaissance Poetry (ENG 63a)
Religion & Literature in Renaissance England (ENG 203a)