Based on primary manuscript research at the British Library, Bodleian Library, National Library of Wales, and special collections libraries in the U.S., my publications focus on book history and material culture, religious literature, and gender studies. My articles have appeared in New Medieval Literatures, the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures, Medieval Feminist Forum, Medieval Sermon Studies, Notes & Queries, and Pedagogy. I recently drafted the chapter on Ancrene Wisse and the Katherine Group for the Oxford Handbook of Middle English Prose (ed. Emily Steiner and Sebastian Sobecki). My current book-length project is a critical edition of and comprehensive introduction to a previously unstudied English Catholic manuscript of medieval female saints’ lives compiled in the seventeenth century, perhaps by an English nun living on the Continent. My proposal for An Early Modern English Catholic Collection of Medieval Female Saints: A Critical Edition of Folger MS V.b.334 has been accepted by the editorial board of the Brepols series Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts.
I have completed or am at work on several editorial projects related to medieval literature, gender, sexuality, and religion. With Michelle M. Sauer, I am editing a new Companion to Sexuality in the Medieval West (Arc Humanities Press, expected 2024), which should become one of the standard volumes on gender and sexuality in the premodern world. We co-edited a special issue of The Journal of Early Middle English (3.1, Spring 2021) on reclusion and materiality, which was published as The Materiality of Middle English Anchoritic Devotion (Oct. 2021), the first in Arc Humanities Press’s new Early Middle English Books series. Dr. Sauer and I are now in the process of commissioning 79 essays for a 250,000-word Routledge Handbook to Medieval European Women and Christianity. I am also an associate editor for the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Medieval Women’s Writing in the Global Middle Ages, where I have commissioned and am currently editing fifteen entries.
DIGITAL MANUSCRIPT ROLLS
UPenn, MS Roll 1563: Digital Facsimile
Published June 2014. Through the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School course, “The Medieval Manuscript in the 21st Century,” taught by Will Noel and Dot Porter at the University of Pennsylvania Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, I designed a digital facsimile of a devotional/prayer roll from 15th-century England. My article describing the manuscript and its texts appears in Notes & Queries 63.2 (June 2016): 196–199. Click here for more information about the manuscript and for access to all aspects of my digital project.
Emory’s Fifteenth-Century English Chronicle Roll
On February 27-28, 2018, I organized a digital editing workshop for twelve graduate student participants from across the United States; the workshop was hosted by Emory’s Rose Library and Pitts Theology Library. As part of the Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll (DEMMR) project at Yale University, the workshop participants, the DEMMR editorial staff, and I are working on a complete digital edition of Emory’s fifteenth-century English chronicle roll (Emory University; Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library; Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Eastern and Western Manuscript Collection; Box 2, Folder 1). The roll begins with the seven days of creation and concludes with Henry V. A sixteenth-century English addition to the roll updates the genealogy to Queen Elizabeth. A zoomable image of the manuscript is now available. A video of my presentation, “Emory’s Fifteenth-Century English Chronicle Roll: Late Medieval History Writing and Sixteenth-Century Nobility,” from the March 1, 2019 symposium at Emory’s Pitts Theology Library is available here.
Yale University, Beinecke MS 410 & Osborn MS a14
As noted on my “Teaching with Material Culture” page, through my work with DEMMR, I have contributed to the following forthcoming digital editions of manuscript rolls:
- New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Beinecke MS 410, a fifteenth-century prayer and indulgence roll
- New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Osborn MS a14, a late fifteenth-century redaction of John Lydgate’s “The Kings of England sithen William the Conqueror”