2017-20 Roop Distinguished Associate Professor of English
Editor of Reformation

Office Hours: MW 10:00 - 11:30 AM 
Or by Appointment

Courses: ENG 317: Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances 

Specialization:
English literature, 1475-1660, with emphasis on the English Renaissance and Reformation, Shakespeare, Tudor non-dramatic literature, and the History of the Book

Secondary Fields: late-Medieval literature, manuscript studies, and iconography 

Education: 
Ph.D., English, The Ohio State University, with Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2007
M.A., English, Ohio University, 2001 
B.S.Ed., summa cum laude, English Education, Ohio University, 1999 

Selected Publications:
Books
Editor, with Torrance Kirby, “Section III: Marian Sermons (1553-1558),” Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1521-1642, under the general editorship of Torrance Kirby. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 139-221.

Henry VIII and His Afterlives: Literature, Politics, and Art. Edited with Christopher Highley and John N. King. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Religious Orthodoxy and Dissent in Early Modern England. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Libraries, 2005.

Books-in-progress
Tudor Literature and Polemic: The Memory of Henry VIII and the English Protestant Nation

Census of Institutional Copies of John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments, 1563-1583 Editions

Edition of William Tyndale, The Practice of Prelates (1530), contracted for The Independent Works of William Tyndale, Catholic University of America Press

Co-editor and translator, with Richard Rex, of John Leland, Antiphilarchia (c. 1541) [Cambridge University Library MS Ee.5.14]

Articles and Chapters
“John Leland, Henry VIII, and Albert Pighius’s Hierarchiae Ecclesiasticae Assertio," co-authored with James Carley (article in progress).

“The Illustrations of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and their Publishing History,” Lambeth Palace Library Annual Review (2017), forthcoming

“The Royal Provenance and Tudor Courtly Reading of a Wycliffite Bible.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, special issue on Tudor Bibles (2017), forthcoming.

“Prints Made from the Wood Blocks of John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments,” forthcoming

“Reading the Wycliffite Bible in Reformation England,” in Elizabeth Solopova (ed.), The Wycliffite Bible: Origin, History and Interpretation (Leiden: Brill, 2017). 424-47.

“John Foxe and the Earliest Readers of William Tyndale’s The Practice of Prelates (1530).” English Literary Renaissance 46 (2016): 258-93.

“Narrative and the Nature of Reading in John Bale’s Response to a Sixteenth-Century Reader of The Vocacyon of Johan Bale (1553).” Reformation 18.1 (2013): 21-35.

“Henry VIII, Shakespeare, and the Jacobean Royal Court.” Studies in English Literature 51.2 (2011): 349-66. 

“Biblical Allusion and Argument in Luke Shepherd’s Verse Satires,” in Mike Pincombe and Cathy Shrank (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009). 254-72. 

“Print Culture and Tudor Literature.” The Sixteenth Century Journal 40 (2009): 271-74.

“Print, Patronage, and the Reception of Continental Reform: 1521-1603,” with John N. King, in The Yearbook of English Studies 38.1-2 (2008): 49-67.

“Rereading Henry VIII in Foxe’s Acts and Monuments.” Reformation 12 (2007): 69-102. 

Selected Awards:
Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant, 2016-19: “The Independent Works of William Tyndale” 

Co-director and Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, 2017: “The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650,” convening at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.

Co-director and Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, 2014: “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603,” convening in Antwerp, Belgium; and London and Oxford, England.

Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, College of Arts and Letters, James Madison University, 2014.

Lester J. Cappon Fellowship in Documentary Editing, The Newberry Library (Chicago, IL) (2013-14).

Mayers short-term Research Fellowship, Huntington Library (San Marino, CA) (2013-14).

Renaissance Society of America-Folger Grant, Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC) (2013-14).

Faculty Member in Residence, JMU Semester in London Program, fall 2013. 

Co-director and Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, 2012: “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603,” convening in Antwerp, Belgium; and London and Oxford, England. 

Folger Shakespeare Library Short-term Research Fellowship, 2010-11.

Muste Award for Best Dissertation of the Year, Department of English, The Ohio State University, 2008.

Selected Invited Lectures:
“Tyndale and Erasmus,” Roland Bainton Lecture, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 2017.

“The Norwich Cathedral Copy of Foxe's Book of Martyrs and its Treatment of Norfolk Martyrs." Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, UK, 3 May 2017.

“Illustrated Woodcut Prints made from Wood Blocks from Foxe's Acts and Monuments,” workshop on “Memory & the Library: Remembering the Reformation,” Cathedral Libraries and Archives Network in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Old Palace, York Minster, York, UK, 10 June 2016. 

“The Illustrations of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and their Publishing History,” Invited keynote speaker, Lambeth Palace Library annual Friends Lecture, Lambeth Palace Library, London, UK, 6 June 2016; and Washington & Lee University, 25 January 2017.

“The Iconography and Influence of Tyndale's Practyse of Prelates,” invited address, Ninth International William Tyndale Conference, Hertford College, University of Oxford, UK, 3 October 2015. Sponsored by the Tyndale Society.

Selected Conference Presentations:
“‘No Plot, No Powder’: William Gouge’s Annotated copy of Foxe’s Acts and Monuments (1583),” Remembering the Reformation, Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded Conference, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, UK, 7-9 September 2017 (forthcoming)

“John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments and its Elizabethan Catholic Readers,” Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, IL, 31 March 2017.

“‘I wished that I had . . . the author of this book in St. John’s Wood with my two-handed sword’: Richard Topcliffe, Torturer, Annotates Books Owned by William Carter and Others,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Bruges, Belgium, 19 August 2016.

“Competing Simultaneous English Translations of Sebastian Brant’s Narrenschiff (The Shyp of Folys) at the Accession of Henry VIII,” Renaissance Society of America, Boston, MA, 31 March 2016. 

“John Leland, Henry VIII, and Albert Pighius’s Hierarchiae Ecclesiasticae Assertio (1538),” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 23 October 2015.

“The Early Reception of John Foxe’s Edition of the Whole Workes of W. Tyndall, Iohn Frith, and Doct. Barnes (1573).” “Religions of the Book,” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) annual meeting, Antwerp, Belgium, September 2014. 

“William Tyndale’s The Practyce of Prelates (1530) and the Reading of Medieval Chronicles.” Renaissance Society of America, New York, NY (2014).

“The Royal Supremacy and the Early Readers of Edward Fox's De vera differentia (1534),” Renaissance Society of America, San Diego, CA, 5 April 2013.

“Reading William Tyndale's Practyse of Prelates (1530) in Tudor England,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Cincinnati, OH, 27 October 2012.            

“The Book that Almost Was: John Bale’s A retourne of James Cancellers raylinge boke (1561).” Renaissance Society of America, Washington, DC, 24 March 2012.

Selected Professional Activities: 
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies selected (with Andrew Fleck, UT El Paso) to control all five of its sponsored sessions for the 2017 RSA meeting in Chicago. Topic: "The Language of Reform"

Organizer, session on “William Carter, Elizabethan Catholicism, and the History of the Book, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Bruges, Belgium, 19 August 2016. 

Organizer, session on "The Printing Press in the Tudor Era, 1485-1603: Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and Satire,” History of the Book, Paleography, and Manuscript Tradition RSA Discipline Group sponsored session, Renaissance Society of  America, Boston, MA, 31 April 2016. 

Organizer, session on “William Tyndale, Allegory, and the History of Reading in Early Modern England,” Renaissance Society of America, New York, NY, 27 March 2014.

Organizer, session on “Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603,” History of the Book, Paleography, and Manuscript Tradition RSA Discipline Group sponsored session, Renaissance Society of America, San Diego, CA, 5 April 2013.

Organizer, session on “Polemic, Scholarship, and the Book Trade: Revisiting the Literary Career of John Bale (1495–1563),” Renaissance Society of America, Washington, DC, 22-24 March 2012.

Co-Organizer and co-chair, with Erin E. Kelly, seminar on “Rethinking Religion and Shakespeare,” Shakespeare Association of America, Washington, D.C., 9-11 April 2009. 

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