I teach in the Department of English at Loyola University Chicago as Edward Surtz, S.J., Associate Professor. My research is concentrated on the language, form, and textual transmission of medieval English poetry. I also study aspects of literary education and Latin literary culture in medieval England. 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 lyrics in Latin sermons; an essay on extra-diegetic address in Piers Plowman; an edition (with James Eric Ensley) of Beinecke Library, 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 of Philosophy: John Walton’s versification (c. 1410), and George Colvile’s 1556 prose rendering.
At Loyola I teach an introduction to literary reading and a first-year interdisciplinary humanities survey (antiquity and Middle Ages), plus upper-division and graduate courses in medieval dream poetry, Geoffrey Chaucer, alliterative poetry, and Old English language and literature. In Spring 2018 I will teach a ten-week graduate seminar at the Newberry Library on Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy and its afterlife.