My research focuses on meter and poetics (what makes poetry tick). I am especially interested in poetry from the medieval period, which has led to an interest in periodization itself. All of my scholarship deals in one way or another with the historicity of early English literature: its forms and cultural meanings, and how those are mediated by modern disciplinary study. My recent work examines the relationships among poetry, social power, and human experiences of time and ventures across the medieval/modern boundary.

I obtained my BA in English and Classical Civilization from Wesleyan University. My MA and PhD in English Language and Literature, and an MPhil in Medieval Studies, are from Yale University.

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Meter and Modernity in English Verse, 1350-1650. University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming.

English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Paperback 2019. [Cambridge Core]

edited collections

with Irina Dumitrescu, The Shapes of Early English Poetry: Style, Form, History. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute, 2019. In honor of Roberta Frank.

with Stephanie L. Batkie, “Chaucer’s Langland.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 32 (2018): 237-389. An essay cluster.


“The End of the Line? Alliterative Meter, Macaronic Style, and Piers Plowman.Studies in Philology (forthcoming).

English Political Prophecy and the Problem of Modernity.” postmedieval 10 (2019): 8-21. []

The Exeter Book and the Idea of a Poem.” English Studies 100 (2019): 591-603. []

with Stephanie L. Batkie, “Introduction.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 32 (2018): 237-44. For the “Chaucer’s Langland” essay cluster. []

Manley Hopkins’ Copy of Piers Plowman: Medievalism and Historicism.” Hopkins Quarterly 45 (2018): 101-18. []

Alliterative Meter and English Literary History, 1700-2000.” ELH 84 (2017): 259-85. []

Early English Meter as a Way of Thinking.” Studia Metrica et Poetica 4 (2017): 41-65. []

The Ireland Prophecy: Text and Metrical Context.” Studies in Philology 114 (2017): 245-77. [] [companion website]

A New Text of the Marvels of Merlin.” Journal of the Early Book Society 19 (2016): 227-39. []

Before Prosody: Early English Poetics in Practice and Theory.” Modern Language Quarterly 77 (2016): 473-98. []

Grass-Bed: A Poetic Compound in the Alliterative Tradition.” Anglia 134 (2016): 587-603. []

Piers Plowman and the Durable Alliterative Tradition.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 30 (2016): 123-73. []

Prophetic Piers Plowman: New Sixteenth-Century Excerpts.” Review of English Studies 67 (2016): 21-41. []

Systematicity, a Missing Term in Historical Metrics.” Language and Literature 25 (2016): 328-42. []

Alliterative Metre and the Textual Criticism of the Gawain Group.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 29 (2015): 151-75. []

The Meter of Widsith and the Distant Past.” Neophilologus 99 (2015): 143-50. []

Old English Poetry, Verse by Verse.” Anglo-Saxon England 44 (2015): 95-130. []

Chaucer the Forester: The Friar’s Tale, Forest History, and Officialdom.” Chaucer Review 47 (2013): 323-36. []

Phantom Syllables in the English Alliterative Tradition.” Modern Philology 110 (2013): 441-58. []

Making Beowulf Scream: Exclamation and the Punctuation of Old English Poetry.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 111 (2012): 25-41. []

book chapters

“Charles d’Orléans’s English Metrical Phonology.” In Charles d’Orléans’s English Aesthetic: The Form, Poetics, and Style of “Fortunes Stabilnes”, ed. Mary-Jo Arn and R. D. Perry (D. S. Brewer, forthcoming).

“The Idea of Bede in English Political Prophecy.” In Remembering the Medieval Present: Generative Uses of England’s Pre-Conquest Past, 10th to 15th Centuries, ed. Jay Paul Gates and Brian O’Camb (Leiden: Brill, 2019), pp. 270-88. []

with Irina Dumitrescu, “Introduction.” In The Shapes of Early English Poetry: Style, Form, History, ed. Dumitrescu and Eric Weiskott (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute, 2019), pp. 1-12.

“The Paris Psalter and English Literary History.” In The Shapes of Early English Poetry: Style, Form, History, ed. Irina Dumitrescu and Eric Weiskott (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute, 2019), pp. 107-34. []

Alliterative Verse.” In Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, ed. Andrew Hadfield (2018) (commissioned). []

Multispectral Imaging and Medieval Manuscripts.” In The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature, ed. Jennifer E. Boyle and Helen J. Burgess (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 186-96. []

Puns and Poetic Style in Old English.” In Etymology and Wordplay in Medieval Literature, ed. Mikael Males (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), pp. 191-211. []

“William Langland’s Piers Plowman.” In Major Authors and Movements in British Literature, ed. Kirilka Stavreva, for the electronic resource Gale Researcher (2017) (commissioned). []

Alliterative Meter after 1450: The Vision of William Banastre.” In Early English Poetic Culture and Meter: The Influence of G. R. Russom, ed. Lindy Brady and M. J. Toswell (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute, 2016), pp. 149-79. [] [companion website]

Lawman, the Last Old English Poet and the First Middle English Poet.” In Laʒamon’s “Brut” and Other Medieval Chronicles: 14 essays, ed. Marie-Françoise Alamichel (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2013), pp. 11-57. []

recent notes

On Emending Beowulf 2088a.” ANQ (online).

William Langland’s First First Word.” Notes & Queries (online).

A Metrical Duck-Rabbit in the Old English Charm Against a Wen.” Notes & Queries 66 (2019): 347-49.

A Sixteenth-Century Political Prophecy Inspired by Piers Plowman.” Notes & Queries 66 (2019): 217-19.

Seinte Loy: A Metrical Non-Problem in Chaucer’s General Prologue.” Notes & Queries 66 (2019): 361-63.

A New Text of the Middle English Short Charter of Christ.” Notes & Queries 65 (2018): 478-80.

Antedatings of ‘the Dark Ages’.” Notes & Queries 65 (2018): 483-84.

The First Recorded References to ‘Blank Verse’.” Notes & Queries 65 (2018): 494-95.

Adam Scriveyn and Chaucer’s Metrical Practice.” Medium Ævum 86 (2017): 147-51. []

More Prophetic Piers Plowman.” ANQ 30 (2017): 133-36. []

Saint Kenelm in an Imaginative Illustration.” Notes & Queries 64 (2017): 217-20. []

older notes, and book reviews

See here.