Professor of English


Before coming to Brown in the Fall of 2011, I taught at Emory for fifteen years, where I had a joint appointment in English and Comparative Literature and was Chair of the English Department.  In 2009, I was the visiting Hudson Strode Professor of Early Modern Studies at the University of Alabama.

I earned my BA at Amherst and my PhD in English from Johns Hopkins.  My edition of The English Poems of Richard Crashaw was published by the University of Minnesota Press in early 2014.  It is the first new critical edition of Crashaw's work in more than forty years.  I am also the author of Closet Devotions (Duke, 1998) and Spenser's Secret Career (Cambridge, 1993; paperback 2006).  My essays and reviews have appeared in ELH, Camera Obscura, SAQ, boundary 2, Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Quarterly, Exemplaria, and GLQ, in addition to many critical anthologies, including a piece on A Midsummer Night's Dream in Shakesqueer.

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