I am Associate Professor of English at York University in Toronto, Canada. I was born in Vancouver and raised in Toronto, where I attended the University of Toronto Schools. I received my B.A. in English and Religious Studies from the University of Toronto, M.Phil in Medieval English Studies from Oxford University, and Ph.D. in English from Stanford University. In 2003, I won the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature, and I have received research fellowships from Trinity College, Cambridge, Clare Hall, Cambridge, the Huntington Library, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
My research focuses on Medieval and Renaissance literature, especially Shakespeare. I am the author of The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare (Cambridge, 2004), which won the Roland H. Bainton Prize for best book in literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. I am co-editor, with Ananya Jahanara Kabir, of Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures (Cambridge, 2005), and co-editor, with Kaara Peterson, of The Afterlife of Ophelia (Palgrave, 2012). I have also published articles on a wide range of topics, including Anglo-French literary relations, Shakespeare adaptations, the history of feminist scholarship, medievalisms, and the reception of classical and medieval literature in the Renaissance.
My current research is devoted to early modern girlhoods. My new book, entitled Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood (Palgrave 2014) was published last year in Palgrave's Shakespeare Studies series. I have also recently edited a special issue of the award-winning online journal, Borrowers and Lenders: the Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, on "Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare." I am currently working on a new book project, entitled Girls and their Books in Early Modern England, for which I received a 5-year SSHRC Insight Grant.
Follow these links to learn more about my work:
A special journal issue on "Girls and Girlhood in Adaptations of Shakespeare."
A YouTube video interview about my research on girlhood:
A recent podcast on Shakespeare's France and Italy:
Please come to the colloquium I am organizing on Anne Boleyn's Music Book, at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.