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.
Meter and Modernity in English Verse, 1350-1650. In preparation.
Editor, with Stephanie L. Batkie, “Chaucer’s Langland.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 32 (forthcoming). An essay cluster.
English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- English Association Beatrice White Prize, 2018
- Reviews: Review of English Studies 68 (2017): 988-90; English Studies 99 (2018): 344-46; Modern Philology 116 (2018): E27-E29
Articles and essays
“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 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, under contract).
“English Political Prophecy and the Problem of Modernity.” In “Prophetic Futures,” ed. Joseph Bowling and Katherine Walker, postmedieval (under review).
“The Idea of Bede in English Political Prophecy.” In Remembering the Present: Generative Uses of England’s Pre-Conquest Past, ed. Jay Paul Gates and Brian T. O’Camb (under review).
“Alliterative Verse.” In Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, ed. Andrew Hadfield (commissioned; forthcoming).
with Stephanie L. Batkie, “Chaucer’s Langland: Introduction.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 32 (forthcoming).
“The End of the Line? Alliterative Meter, Macaronic Style, and Piers Plowman.” Studies in Philology (forthcoming).
with Irina Dumitrescu, “Introduction.” In The Shapes of Early English Poetry: Style, Form, History, ed. Dumitrescu and Eric Weiskott (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute, forthcoming).
“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, forthcoming).
“Puns and Poetic Style in Old English.” In Etymology and Wordplay in Medieval Literatures, ed. Mikael Males (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming).
“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. [academia.edu]
“Alliterative Meter and English Literary History, 1700-2000.” ELH 84 (2017): 259-85. [academia.edu]
“William Langland’s Piers Plowman.” In Major Authors and Movements in British Literature, ed. Kirilka Stavreva, for the electronic resource Gale Researcher (2017) (commissioned). [academia.edu]
“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. [academia.edu] [companion website]
“Before Prosody: Early English Poetics in Practice and Theory.” Modern Language Quarterly 77 (2016): 473-98. [academia.edu]
- republished: “Prosody: Alternative Histories,” ed. Eric Weiskott and Natalie Gerber, in Arcade: Literature, Humanities and the World (forthcoming)
“Grass-Bed: A Poetic Compound in the Alliterative Tradition.” Anglia 134 (2016): 587-603. [academia.edu]
“Piers Plowman and the Durable Alliterative Tradition.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 30 (2016): 123-73. [academia.edu]
“Prophetic Piers Plowman: New Sixteenth-Century Excerpts.” Review of English Studies 67 (2016): 21-41. [academia.edu]
- Review of English Studies Editors’ Choice selection, 2017
“Systematicity, a Missing Term in Historical Metrics.” Language and Literature 25 (2016): 328-42. [academia.edu]
“Alliterative Metre and the Textual Criticism of the Gawain Group.” Yearbook of Langland Studies 29 (2015): 151-75. [academia.edu]
“Chaucer the Forester: The Friar’s Tale, Forest History, and Officialdom.” Chaucer Review 47 (2013): 323-36. [academia.edu]
“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.
“Phantom Syllables in the English Alliterative Tradition.” Modern Philology 110 (2013): 441-58. [academia.edu]
“Making Beowulf Scream: Exclamation and the Punctuation of Old English Poetry.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 111 (2012): 25-41. [academia.edu]
- featured: “!,” Explained season 1, episode 10, Vox/Netflix 11 July 2018
“Alliterative Verse.” In The Chaucer Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Newhauser (Oxford: Blackwell, in preparation).
“Meter and Metrics.” In The Chaucer Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Newhauser (Oxford: Blackwell, in preparation).
“A New Text of the Middle English Short Charter of Christ.” Notes & Queries (forthcoming).
“Antedatings of ‘the Dark Ages’.” Notes & Queries (forthcoming).
“The First Recorded References to ‘Blank Verse’.” Notes & Queries (forthcoming).
“More Prophetic Piers Plowman.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews 30 (2017): 133-36.
“Saint Kenelm in an Imaginative Illustration.” Notes & Queries 64 (2017): 217-20.
“A Plea for Pronunciation.” In “Old English across the Curriculum: Contexts and Pedagogies,” ed. Haruko Momma and Heide Estes, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 22 (2015): 41-2.
“A Semantic Replacement for Kaluza’s Law in Beowulf.” English Studies 93 (2012): 891-96. [academia.edu]
Michael Calabrese, An Introduction to “Piers Plowman” (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2016). Journal of English and Germanic Philology 117 (2018): 561-63.
Cristina Maria Cervone and D. Vance Smith, eds., Readings in Medieval Textuality: Essays in Honour of A. C. Spearing (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2016). The Medieval Review 18 October 2017. [academia.edu]
Leonard Neidorf, ed., The Dating of “Beowulf”: A Reassessment (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014). Review of English Studies 67 (2016): 788-90. [academia.edu]
Stephen Yeager, From Lawmen to Plowmen: Anglo-Saxon Legal Tradition and the School of Langland (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014). Studies in the Age of Chaucer 37 (2015): 338-41. [academia.edu]
“Punctuating Old English Poetry: Challenges and Strategies.” MLA Annual Convention, New York, 2018.
“English Political Prophecy in the Welsh Marches, 1450-1650.” MLA Annual Convention, New York, 2018.
“Quantity in the Alliterative Tradition.” MLA Annual Convention, Austin, 2016.
“Real Formalism, Real Historicism“. MLA Annual Convention, Vancouver, 2015.