received her Phd from the Department of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley in 2002.
She is interested in a wide variety of topics in medieval literary culture
and contemporary theory: Middle English, Old French and Latin literatures,
theories of representation, allegory, medieval philosophy and rhetoric,
contemporary critical theory, methods for historicizing sexuality, and
the intersections and conflicts within feminist and queer studies. Her
publications include "Between Men, Mourning: Time, Love and the
Gift in the Roman de la Rose" in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and
Gay Studies and "Confessional Literature, Vernacular Psychology,
and the History of the Self in Middle English," in Literature
Compass, as well as "Pninian Performatives" in a collection
called Nabokov at the Limits: Redrawing Critical Boundaries.
Her current book project is titled Body Against Soul: Gender and
Psychology in Middle English Debate Allegory. It examines the literalization
of philosophical dualism that takes place when medieval authors produce
personification allegories pitting figures like "Body" and
"Soul" against one another in debate, arguing that such debates
function as a mode of thinking about psychology, gender and power in
the Middle Ages.
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