Associate Professor of Literature
My research concerns the history of humanistic (rhetorical) education and its impact on the development of English literature in one of its most celebrated periods, the Renaissance. My recent book, Untutored Lines: The Making of the English Epyllion, shows the impact of rhetoric on the formation of social identities and literary genres in the late sixteenth century.
Work in Progress
With funding from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation and the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, I am writing a book-length study of Philip Melanchthon's lectures on Homer. You can see notes from his lectures in copies of the Iliad and Odyssey that he inscribed to Luther. Melanchthon, called the "Preceptor of Germany," had a widespread influence on literary rhetoric in Northern Europe, and his vital influence on English rhetoric has been documented. The Homer lectures supply new information about Melanchthon's influence on note-taking practices, a part of his legacy that remains largely unexplored.