ABC-CLIO Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare. Contribution to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for the Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare: (my sections: commentary on sources, commentary on selected historical documents, essay on historical context, review history, essay on imagery and language, and five short essays on interesting aspects of the times and the play).To be published in Fall 2017.
Delta Tau Sigma Honor Society Presentation: Presentation on Milton. Belmont Abbey College, 2015.
Religion and the Arts: Book Review Essay: “Exploring the Critical Turn to Religion in Early Modern Drama Studies.” Essay review of Religion and Drama in Early Modern England, edited by Jane Hwang Degenhardt and Elizabeth Williamson; Faith in Shakespeare by Richard C. McCoy; The End of Satisfaction: Drama and Repentance in the Age of Shakespeare by Heather Hirschfield. Boston College, 2015.
Religion and the Arts: Article published: “The Art of The Lord of the Rings: A Defense of the Aesthetic. Religion and the Arts 18.5 (2014).
Religion and the Arts: Book Review Essay: “In Praise of Language.” Essay Review of Robert Alter. Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible. 2010; Harold Bloom. The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible. 2011. Helen Moore and Julian Reid, editors. Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible. 2011. Boston College, 2013.
Faculty Lecture Series: Presentation: “Othello, the Classical / Medieval Synthesis, and the Platonic Concept of the Soul.” Belmont Abbey College, Spring 2013.
Tolkien Essay for Teaching: Title:” The Truth of Tolkien’s Art.” Included in bibliography for class on Tolkien taught by Dr. John Sykes, Wingate University. 2013
Dissertation: In my dissertation, Exploring the Narrative Split: Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, directed by Dr. Robert Ray (Baylor University), I analyze as a topic of philosophical, narratological, and rhetorical inquiry the implications of the tension between reality and the narrative of reality, as exemplified in the play’s tragic hero. Coriolanus has great difficulty negotiating and articulating his identity in relation to the conflicting narratives and the historical reality of a changing Rome. I demonstrate that Shakespeare’s examination in Coriolanus of the “gap” between the presentational and the representational, reality and narrative, “truth” and rhetoric, opens up a realm of possibility, uncertainty, and contingency that is representative of actual human experience. Coriolanus’ story is tragic precisely because he fails to acknowledge or enter such a realm.
Major Fields: Shakespeare. Seventeenth Century Literature
Minor Fields: Sixteenth Century Literature. Medieval Literature.