My primary research focus is late medieval secular literature, especially the works by Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower. My monograph Fragments: Past and Present in Chaucer and Gower (Peter Lang, 2009) focusses mainly on their use and appropriation of their cultural past(s), which also informs a section in my edited collection on the works of John Gower (Brepols, 2009). More recently, I have developed two further research interests that complement this main strand: medievalism and digital humanities. The former concentrates on Chaucer’s cultural afterlives, especially in cyberspace and on screen [in Chaucer’s Poetry: Words, authority and ethics (Four Courts, 2012), while the latter explores the potentials of electronic editing and text mining for our engagement with late medieval texts, using Gower’s Confessio amantis as its central object. My teaching cuts across these three areas, concentrating on English literature of the late medieval period while looking beyond this into the Early Modern period and further towards the 21st century.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
EN11300/EN11320 (Critical Practice)
EN10220 (Ancestral Voices)
EN11520 (The Beginnings of the English Language)
EN22120 (Place and Self)
EN30620 (Remix: Chaucer in the Then and Now)
ENM1120 (Medieval Dreams and Marvels)