I teach in the Department of English at Loyola University Chicago as Edward Surtz, S.J., Associate Professor. I study medieval English literature, especially the form and language of Middle English poetry, and aspects of literary education and Latin literary culture in the Middle Ages.
I am author of Reconstructing Alliterative Verse: The Pursuit of a Medieval Meter, published by Cambridge University Press. Other recent publications include an essay on the reception of Boethius’s Consolatio philosophiae in medieval England; an article on the text and form of the Lay Folks’ Catechism; and a review article on John Burrow and Thorlac Turvile-Petre’s edition of the archetype of Piers Plowman B. Details on these and other publications can be found on zotero and elsewhere.
At Loyola I teach an introduction to literary reading and a first-year interdisciplinary humanities survey (antiquity and Middle Ages), upper-division and graduate courses in medieval English and European literature, and an introduction to Old English language and literature. In Spring 2019 I taught a ten-week graduate seminar at the Newberry Library on Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy and its afterlife.
With James Eric Ensley I am producing a documentary edition of New Haven, Beinecke Library, Takamiya MS 23 for the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive. Other work in progress includes a study of the text and sources of John Walton’s 1410 verse translation of Boethius’s Consolatio philosophiae and essays on
- the language and meter of some Middle English lyrics (for a volume on Middle English lyric poetry);
- the sources of George Colvile’s 1556 translation of Boethius’s Consolatio (for a volume on literary scholasticism);
- ‘ecologies of Latin poetics’ (for a volume on post-classical Latin literatures);
- extra-diegetic address in Piers Plowman; and
- the prosody of mixed-language lines in the same poem.