Ph. D. University of Virginia
M.A., B.A. Duke University
I came to Davidson College in 1983, and I am the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and Humanities. My teaching interests include medieval and Early Modern literature and drama, women's mysticism, the cults of saints, mystery fiction, medieval and contemporary cultural studies, and food writing.
I am the author of The Theater of Devotion: East Anglian Drama and Society in the Late Middle Ages (Chicago, 1989) and of other studies of medieval and Tudor drama, literature, visual art, and spirituality. I am also the medieval editor of the five-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (2006) and a contributor to both The Blackwell Companion to Tudor Literature, ed. Kent Cartwright (2010) and the forthcoming Regeneration: A Literary History of Europe, 1348-1418, ed. David Wallace (Oxford).
My next book, Childbed Mysteries, is about late-medieval childbirth as theater, ritual, and social performance. My current book project, called Medieval Drama in After-Life, is a study of the porous borders of medieval and Early Modern, the cultures of recusancy, and the meaning of possession for antiquarian and recusant collectors of medieval drama manuscripts.