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Burney 275 f.120  – Detail of a historiated initial, with a woman with an open book, and a king on horseback.

I am an enthusiastic teacher of Medieval literature in the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  As an Associate Professor of Medieval literature at Mount Royal University, I am lucky to introduce my undergraduate students to Old English literature, Middle English literature, and History of the English language, while my students introduce me to new perspectives for the content and ideas in our classes.  Together, we question and work with the issues the texts themselves invite us to consider.  This method demonstrates how I put my theorizing of emergence into pedagogical practice in the historical literary classroom.

The rise of medievalisms in post-medieval We have to be willing to rely upon emergence, while creating the space for emergence, so that we negate the fallacy of “progress” or “progression” that periodisation relies upon. Quote by Kenna Olsenpopular culture has forcefully shown that while the medieval can be thought of as a period from the past, we also, as post-medievals, create the medieval daily.  In my classes, at all levels, we think of this as polytemporality, and we rely on this idea to remember that while the texts we study might be centuries old, the ideas, politics, questions, tensions, assumptions, and curiosities are relevant, important, and generative for us today.

I regularly supervise undergraduate Honours students on their Honours projects and employ undergraduate and graduate-level Research Assistants on my various research projects.  For more, see Supervision.

Currently Teaching:

English 3306 ♦ History of the English Language

The 2019-2020 MRU Calendar description for this course reads:

“This course covers the development of English from Anglo-Saxon (or Old English) to Early Modern English in the seventeenth century. It includes a basic component of linguistics and an examination of manuscript culture and textual transmission.”

English 2216 ♦ Women Writing: Voices and Visionaries

The 2019-2020 MRU Calendar description for this course reads:

“This course will approach women’s writing from a variety of theoretical perspectives and across genres from different times, places, and spaces.”

Developed Courses and Instructional History:

♦ Film 4199-001, Directed Reading, Building Worlds: Pluriverse and Performative Medievalisms. Department of English, Mount Royal University. Fall 2019.

♦ English 4199-001, Directed Reading, Space and Time: Pluriverse, Global, and Polytemporal Identities. Department of English, Mount Royal University. Fall 2019. 

♦ English 4410-001, Select Topics in Medieval Literature, 650-1500: Pluriverse: Medieval Immersive Spaces – Textual Minds, Lexis of Landscapes. Department of English, Mount Royal University. Fall 2019. 

♦ English 4401-001, Select Topics in Themes, Forms, Genres:  Genres of Sustainability: ecocriticism and the status of the modern.  Department of English, Mount Royal University. Winter 2018.

♦ English 4410-001, Select Topics in Medieval Literature, 650-1500: The Material Medieval Memory Project: Encountering environmental memorialization.  Department of English, Mount Royal University. Fall 2018.

♦ English 4410-001, Select Topics in Medieval Literature, 650-1500:  Sexing the English Middle Ages: in-between and beyond.  Department of English, Mount Royal University. Winter 2017. 

♦ English 4410-001, Select Topics in Medieval Literature, 650-1500:  Material girls by their own hands: virgins, wives, and widows of Middle English literary culture.  Department of English, Mount Royal University. Fall 2014. 

♦ English 4410-001, Select Topics in Medieval Literature, 650-1500:  Drama in Medieval   England.  Department of English, Mount Royal University. Winter 2013.

♦ English 4410-001, Select Topics in Medieval Literature, 650-1500:  The Gawain Poems in their Manuscript Context.  Department of English, Mount Royal University. Winter 2012.

♦ English 4199-001, Directed Reading:  Middle English Manuscript Culture: Paleography, Codicology and Editorial Theory. Department of English, Mount Royal University. Spring 2011.

♦ English 4401-001, Themes, Forms, Genres:  Arthurian Legends in the Post-Medieval Context.  Department of English, Mount Royal University.  Winter 2011.