B.A. in Literature, Point Loma Nazarene University
M.A. in English, Cal State University, Long Beach
Medieval Romance, Arthuriana, Armor and Corporeal Assemblage, New Structuralisms, Cultural Imaginaries, Medieval and Early Modern Materiality
As of Fall 2016 I am ABD and working on my dissertation titled Armorial Discourse: Chivalric Materiality in Medieval Romance which examines the use of medieval armor as a literary device. My dissertation spans the medieval romance tradition from Chrétien de Troyes’ Old French narratives, through the Middle English Gawain romances, and up to Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur. My interests include chivalric corporeality, premodern identities, material culture, and Arthuriana. I am particularly intrigued by the ways that chivalric materiality can structure narratives as well as cultural relationships. My work draws together theories of gender and performativity, fashion theory, thing theory, and even studies of medieval metallurgy.
2016 – “Armorial Form and the Productive Strike in The Knightly tale of Gologras and Gawain,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference. Pasadena, CA.
2015 – “’Armé et desarmé asanblent’: Chainmail and Chivalric Assemblage in Chrétien de Troyes’ Le Chevalier de la Charrette,” Changes in Fashion in the Middle Ages. Santa Barbara, CA.
2015 – “The Body ‘Matters’: Fragmentation and Reformation in Insular Romance.” Medieval Association of the Pacific. Reno, NV.
2014 – “John Quarles’s Tarquin Banished: The Annexed Poem in the 1655 The Rape of Lucrece as Shakespearean Fan Fiction,” Renaissance Conference of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA.
2014 – “Adventure Time, Normal Time, and Medieval Romance,” (Dis)junctions Conference. Riverside, CA.
2013 – “’No thing but for love was this debaat’: Reclassifying Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference. San Diego, CA.
“’The Search for the Divine in all of Us’: The Commodification of the Holy Grail in Stargate: SG-1 and Merlin’s Apprentice.” Forthcoming chapter in Camelot on the Small Screen.