My teaching and research interests are, broadly defined, in the intersections of medieval literature, history, and theory. My research focuses on romance narratives as well as on medieval theatre, poetry, chansons de geste, and medical and theological discourses. In earlier projects I have explored the intersections of medieval theories and practices of queenship with romances about adulterous queens, and the ways in which gendered cultural values are mapped onto representations of blood.
My current projects include a book on human/nonhuman embodiment in medieval texts tentatively entitled In the Skin; a collection of essays, co-edited with E. Jane Burns, called Stones, Worms, and Skin: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe; an English translation of Gui de Cambrai's Old French Barlaam et Josaphat; and a book called The Christian Buddha, co-authored with my colleague, Donald S. Lopez, Jr., on the circulation and reception of Barlaam and Josaphat.
Recent and Selected Publications
Co-editor, with E. Jane Burns, Stone, Worms, and Skin: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe (Notre Dame, In.: Notre Dame University Press, forthcoming in 2013).
“Skin and Sovereignty in Guillaume de Palerne,” Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistiques 24 (2012): 361-75.
Co-author, with Sharon Kinoshita, Marie de France: A Critical Companion (Boydell and Brewer, 2012).
“The Human and the Floral,” in Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects, ed. Jeffrey J. Cohen (Punctum Books, 2012), pp. 65-90. http://punctumbooks.com/titles/animal-vegetable-mineral-ethics-and-objects/
Co-editor, with Karl Steel, "The Animal Turn in Medieval Studies," Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 2.1 (2011).
“Animals and Translation in the Lais of Marie de France,” Australian Journal of French Studies 46.3 (2009): 238-49.
Recent graduate seminars taught:
The Medieval Posthuman
Animality and sexuality
The romances of Chrétien de Troyes
Medieval lives, medieval selves (co-taught with Catherine Brown)
Recent undergraduate courses taught:
France and the crusades
Introduction to medieval literature