My research interests focus on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and poetry, examining in particular the relationships between literature, theology and politics in this period. I am especially interested in early modern religious culture, including Calvinism, Puritanism, Catholicism, apocalypticism and Protestant/Catholic polemics. Published and forthcoming work has focused on these topics as well as on Marlowe, Middleton, early modern sign theory, early modern political theory, and Shakespeare and filmic appropriation.
– ‘The Politics of Ethical Presentism: Appropriation, Spirituality and the Case of Antony and Cleopatra’, Textual Practice (forthcoming 2008).
– ‘‘An old quarrel between us that will never be at an end’: Middleton’s Women Beware Women and Late Jacobean Religious Politics’, The Review of English Studies (forthcoming 2008).
– ‘The Politics of Apocalypse: Interrogating Conversion in Michael Radford’s The Merchant of Venice and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ’ in Apocalyptic Shakespeares, ed. Carolyn Jess-Cooke and Melissa Croteau (McFarland Press, forthcoming 2008).
– Re-Figuring Mimesis: Representation in Early Modern Literature, ed. Jonathan Holmes and Adrian Streete (Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press, 2005).
– ‘Reforming Signs’: Semiotics, Calvinism and Clothing in Sixteenth Century England’, Literature and History, 12, 1, 2003.
– ‘Consummatum est’: Calvinist Exegesis, Mimesis and Doctor Faustus’, Literature and Theology, 15, 2, 2001.
AHRC Networks Project, ‘Filming and Performing Renaissance History’, Member of Steering Committee
I teach across the spectrum of undergraduate modules, including ‘Introduction to English’, ‘Introduction to Renaissance Literature’, and ‘Belief and Knowledge in Early Modern Culture’.
Postgraduate teaching encompasses the MA Core module ‘Reconceiving the Renaissance’ and my option module ‘Literature, Religion and Politics in Renaissance England’.
I am currently supervising Ph.D. theses on early modern dualism, conscience and early modern drama, and word and image in early modern thought and literature.