Research InterestsMedieval Studies; Medieval English literature and culture; Book Studies
The literature, language, and thought of early medieval England lies at the heart of my professional activity. I teach courses that introduce students to Old English language and to the literature and culture of Early Medieval England and I explore multiple aspects of that culture in my writing. One strand of my research centers on uncovering the nature and wide influence of early Christian thought, as in my book Ælfric's Prefaces (Durham, 1994); another strand centers on attention to manuscripts both as foundational evidence for circulation and for their materiality, as in the edited collection, Scraped, Stroked, and Bound: Materially Engaged Readings of Medieval Manuscripts (Brepols, 2013); while a third strand ponders the embodied lived experience of the past, as in the collection Anglo-Saxon Emotions: Reading the Heart in Old English Literature, Language and Culture (Ashgate, 2015). These strands come together in a current project pursuing early medieval English humor. My involvement in the field internationally includes past editing of the Old English Newsletter and serving on the executive committee of the MLA and the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (now the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England). I enjoy teaching a whole range of medieval courses, particularly those that explore the literature of early medieval north-west Europe.