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This web site is an archive of my professional activities from 2006-2010.
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In which the author reveals something of himself
My research is on biographies, rhetoric, and the history of reading. I'm writing a book about exemplarity and biography in early modern England, or the ways that famous stories influenced people's self-consciousness about their own future fame. I've published articles on elegies, anecdotes, modernizing Chaucer, and Senecan drama. [For details, see my research page.] My next project is on modernizations of medieval culture, or how the middle ages became a distinct, historicized, and irretrievable period of history.
I received my Ph.D in English from the University of Toronto (2005). My dissertation, "Venerable Reader, Vulnerable Exemplar: Prince Henry and the Genres of Exemplarity," studied the exemplary influences and narrative aspirations of Henry, Prince of Wales (1594-1612), using the stages of his education, mourning, and memory to historicize the rhetoric and the hermeneutics of exemplarity. [Read the abstract for a lengthier description.]
My teaching focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry, prose, and drama. [Read my Teaching Philosophy Statement for my goals and techniques.] My goal is to encourage critical and irreverent thinking in my students, expressed in oral and written arguments that are clear, logical, and substantive.
Since 1998 I've also designed web sites, including Religious Conflict and Toleration in the Early Modern World for the Folger Institute, and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies site. [See my Colophon page for details and other projects.]
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