Chair, Undergraduate Studies in English
PhD, University of Toronto; 1999
MA, University of Toronto; 1991
BA, York University; 1989
International & Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB) 0N05C
519 661-2111 ext. 85803
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-3, or by appointment
My recent teaching has ranged between a narrow focus on a single author (i.e. the Gawain-poet) to an expansive exploration of the British literary tradition (i.e. the Brit-lit survey). In both contexts I try to encourage students to recognize and engage with a literary tradition which is often foreign in terms of both its texts and its aesthetic and ethical sensibilities. My research focuses on that tradition and the ways that canonical texts move through the Middle Ages as they are adapted and transformed through different languages, genres and time periods. I’ve worked on Arthurian literature and Ovid and am currently exploring the textual world of English heralds.