I teach in the Department of English at Loyola University Chicago as Edward Surtz, S.J., Associate Professor in Medieval Literature and Culture. I am author of Reconstructing Alliterative Verse: The Pursuit of a Medieval Meter, now available from Cambridge University Press. Details on this and other research may be found under the “Publications” tab.
I study medieval English poetry, with a focus on language, form, and textual transmission. Other research interests include the medieval disciplines of grammar and rhetoric, the literature of the English Rising of 1381, and the reception of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy. Current projects include an article on Middle English lyric and an edition (with James Eric Ensley) of Takamiya MS 23 for the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive. I am also studying the texts and sources of two late medieval/early mod. English translations of Boethius’s Consolation: John Walton’s versification (c. 1410), and George Colvile’s 1556 prose rendering.
At Loyola I offer an introduction to literary reading, plus upper-division and graduate courses in medieval literature, Geoffrey Chaucer’s poetry, and Old English language and literature.