Academic

A large part of what I do is scholarship, mostly relating to medieval literature and what I call “remix culture.” My thesis had the sexy, sexy title of “The Remix as a Hermeneutic for the Interpretation of Early Insular Texts,” and now I can put the letters “PhD” on my business cards. Below the brief description of my academic interests and current projects, you’ll find links to a statement of teaching philosophy, a number of syllabuses for courses I designed and taught, and two course websites which I’ve moved and am now hosting here as well. If you have any questions or comments, just drop me a line via the contact form at the top. I don’t bite (I promise).

 

Interests

As a medievalist by training and a millennial by birth, I’m fascinated by the ways we use and reuse texts (in every sense) on the internet, and by the idea that they could potentially inform us about some of the oldest works of English literature. My thesis looked at some of the processes by which we generate new texts out of old ones—processes I’ve taken to calling aggregation, compilation, and renarration—and examines the ways those processes are at work in everything from the didacticism of Grendel to the “history” of King Lear. But when I’m not writing about textual (re)production in the Middle Ages, I’ve also been known to theorize about time travel narratives in modern pop culture, as well as helping to run the first journal dedicated to the study of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, Ledger.

 

Teaching

As you can read in my statement of teaching philosophy, I firmly believe that teaching students to navigate the universe of texts, to create interpretive and analytical frameworks that they can apply not only to books but to their lives, is of great value to society. It’s my privilege therefore to have been the instructor of record for six courses so far: