B.A., University of Toronto
M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
I attended the University of Toronto from 1982-1986, earning a B.A. in English and Latin, and then the University of California at Berkeley, where I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. During my first ten years at Haverford, my research focused on medieval conceptions of gender, masculine as well as feminine; my book, Eloquent Virgins from Thecla to Joan of Arc came out in 2003. I am presently at work on a project dealing with medieval depictions of the Troy legend. I am particularly attracted to interdisciplinary studies which move between religion, literary criticism and art history. These interests are reflected both in my research and in the courses I have taught here at Haverford.
Recent activities: In July 2011, I attended the International Arthurian Congress in Bristol, U.K., presenting a paper that considers why Sir Gawain's horse is so much more important to him than any of the lovely ladies he encounters. The resulting article is forthcoming in Arthuriana (2013). Another recent essay, "Fantasies of Failing Empire in La Belle Helène de Constantinople" is forthcoming (Spring 2013) in New Medieval Literatures. Other publications include:Eloquent Virgins from Thecla to Joan of Arc. New York: Palgrave Press, 2003. “Virgin Martyrs.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Medieval Women , eds. Susan Mosher Stuard and Margaret Schaus. Routledge, 2006. “Malory’s Lancelot and the Lady Huntress.” On Arthurian Women: Essays in Memory of Maureen Fries. Ed. Bonnie Wheeler and Fiona Tolhurst. Dallas: Scriptorium Press, 2001 "Rhetoric, Power and Integrity in the Passion of the Virgin Martyr." Menacing Virgins: Representing Virginity in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Ed. Kathleen Kelley and Marina Leslie. Newark: University of Delaware Press: 1999. Hildegard of Bingen: A Book of Essays. Ed. Maud Burnett McInerney. Garland Publishing, 1998. '"Is this a Mannes Herte?' Troilus' Trouble with Ovid." Masculinities in Chaucer, ed. Peter Beidler. Boydell and Brewer, 1997. "'In the Meydens Womb': Julian of Norwich and the Poetics of Enclosure." Medieval Mothering, eds. John Carmi Parsons and Bonnie Wheeler. Garland Publishing, 1996 rpt.1999. "Opening the Oyster: Pearls in Pearl."Aestel I (1993).