Professor of English
Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall 259
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
I am especially interested in what can be discovered about imaginative and argumentative texts from medieval and early modern England through the use of literary and aesthetic theory. I founded and for many years edited an annual book series called Assays: Critical Approaches to Medieval and Renaissance Texts, an international forum for the discussion of those questions. My book-length studies are: The Style of John Wyclif's English Sermons (Mouton, 1977), Chaucer and the Social Contest (Routledge, 1990), Time-Bound Words: Semantic and Social Economies from Chaucer's England to Shakespeare's (St Martin's Press, 2000), and Chaucerian Aesthetics (Palgrave, 2008). I have also written about Shakespeare, Jonson, Wycherley, and many contemporary authors, critics, and filmmakers. I am currently writing essays on Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and on medieval understandings of cognition.
- Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
- MS, University of Wisconsin
- BS, University of Wisconsin
"Chaucer for Fun and Profit," in Teaching Chaucer in the University, for the series Teaching New English, ed. Gail Ashton and Louise Sylvester (Palgrave, 2007), 17-29.
"Ian McEwan's Saturday and the Aesthetics of Prose," Novel: A Forum on Fiction Fall, 2007), 121-43.
"Barry Unsworth's Sacred Hunger: History and Utopia," Clio 38 (2009), 319-37.
"Beowulf and the Strange Necessity of Beauty" in The Aesthetics of Old English Poetry, ed. John M. Hill (Toronto UP, 2010).
"Found in Translation," co-authored with James F. Knapp, The Medieval Translator, Brepols' English Language Series, 2010.