BA in English with Honors (Summa Cum Laude), University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, 2015
MA in English Literature, Purdue University, 2017
Middle English Literature, Gender Theory, Queer Theory, Spatial Theory, the Pearl Poet, the Medieval City
My research concerns the ways in which the later Middle Ages perceived and conceived of space in literature as a vehicle for expressing normative cultural values. Specifically, I engage with the anonymous poet responsible for Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight whose poetry provides essentialized representations of gender in defined literary spaces, both urban and rural, as a way of encountering and discussing queer identities. I am interested in articulating the ways in which these literary representations of space function as cultural products burdened with the signification of contemporary heteronormative discourses of sexuality and gender as well as the period’s preoccupation with liminality and the queer possibilities of transgression.