Stanford University (1985); Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
Expertise: Medieval English Literature,
Mysticism, and Intellectual History; The Oxford Inklings; History of the English
Language; Christianity and Literature; René Girard's mimetic theory.
Selected Works: Presentation: "“A
Dark Speakyng”: English Translations of 1 Corinthians 13:12 and What
We Can See in Them"; Articles: “The
Point of the Plow: Conceptual Blending in the Allegory of Langland and Voltaire,”; “C.
S. Lewis and René Girard on Desire, Conversion, and Myth: The Case of
Till We Have Faces”; “How
to Read Like a Fool: Riddle Contests and the Banquet of Conscience in Piers
Violence, and the Passion in Fragment VII of The Canterbury Tales: A Girardian
Reading"; "Dante's Quest for Home" Book in Progress: Riddles,
Rhetoric, and Theology: The Medieval Poetics of Enigma in Piers Plowman and
Distinctions: Lilly/Crossroads Grant (2004); Sluyter Fellowship
(Hope, 2000-01); Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant (Huntington Library, Summer
1999); Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship; Woodrow Wilson
National Fellowship Foundation (1996-97).
Contact: Lubbers Hall 304