I teach in the Department of English at Loyola University Chicago as Edward Surtz, S.J., Associate Professor in Medieval Literature and Culture. My research is concentrated on the language, form, and textual transmission of medieval English poetry. I also study and write about the medieval disciplines of grammar and rhetoric, the literature of the English Rising of 1381, and the reception of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy. I am author of Reconstructing Alliterative Verse: The Pursuit of a Medieval Meter, now available from Cambridge University Press. Details on this and other publications may be found here.
Current projects include an essay on Middle English lyric in sermons; an article on the Lay Folks’ Catechism; an edition (with James Eric Ensley) of Takamiya MS 23 for the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive; and studies of 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 teach an introduction to literary reading, plus upper-division and graduate courses in medieval literature, Geoffrey Chaucer’s poetry, alliterative poetry, and Old English language and literature.