Book Project: (current) I am working on a monograph tentatively titled England’s Medieval Literary Heroes: Law, Literature, and National Identity that examines the actual medieval popularity (or relative obscurity) of some of the best known English literary heroes like Beowulf, Richard the Lion Heart, King Arthur, Gawain and Robin Hood in terms of medieval legal motifs and national identity.
Book Project: (current) I am editing a collection of essays titled Murder Most Foul: Medieval and Early Modern Homicide. The initial abstracts have been accepted and first drafts of articles will be in by July 2015.
Book Project: (current) I am currently gathering research for a book-length project on cross-dressing in medieval literature and culture that includes male and female cross-dressing in a variety of literary, legal and historical contexts, including Old Norse, Old French, hagiography, Middle English romances, and Chaucer.
Book Project: (current) I am researching a monograph tentatively titled Medieval Torture and Modern Popular Culture that examines the proliferation of torture, specifically “medieval” torture, in films, television, news, politics, and foreign policy and the modern association of torture with the Middle Ages—its misrepresentations, misunderstandings, and misconceptions. The study includes crime dramas, “historical” films, political action thrillers, and science fiction, as well as current news and events.
Articles in Progress: I am working on several articles for submission to journals, and one for submission to a collection on precedents and predecessors, edited by Jay Paul Gates, titled, “Peace Weaving and Gold Giving: Anglo Saxon Queenship in Havelok the Dane,” and one for a volume on Charlemagne, edited by Jace Stuckey, titled, “Charlemagne, King Arthur and Contested National Identity in ‘English’ Romances”, both are scheduled for completion Oct. 2015.
Research Goals: I viewed four rare manuscripts in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, King’s College Library, Corpus Christi Library, and the Pepys Library in Cambridge to further my research on the South English Lengedary, Havelok the Dane, King Horn and William of Palerne found in Oxford, Bodleian MS Laud Miscellaneous 108, and King’s College, Cambridge MS 13. I conducted this research, thanks to a grant from the office of Graduate Studies in July 2009, and will be applying for further funding to continue my work on the relationships between these manuscripts, based on codicology and rubrication.
Research Goals: I am conducting manuscript research on the recently discovered Abbotsford Library MS of Osbern Bokenham’s Middle English translation of the Legenda aurea in Edinburgh, Scotland from microfilm provided by the faculty of Advocates and funded by an Arts and Sciences grant from the Dean’s Fund for Scholarship Excellence (2008). The microfilm will allow me to further my work on Bokenham’s version of St. Dorothy, and John Capgrave’s poem on the same subject.