My research focuses on poetry and aesthetics in the Age of Spenser and Shakespeare.
Since finishing my doctorate in 2011, I have been particularly interested in those lived experiences that often seem most antithetical to the “golden age” of Tudor verse in the 1580s and 90s. Printed creeds, religious denominations, and even the poverty of scholars and students. How might these forms of life, in fact, be essential to the life of literary form itself?
I have published essays on the work of Philip Sidney, John Donne, Michel Foucault, and English Reformation literature. I am currently writing a book entitled The Poverty of Aesthetics in Early Modern England, which explores the history of poverty within Renaissance poetics - from Boccaccio to Marlowe - as a means for understanding the impoverished notion of aesthetics before the Enlightenment.
Rembrandt, sketch for Philemon and Baucis (ca. 1658)