Research

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My research focuses on representations of pre- and post-mortem punitive spaces in Old and Middle English literature. My book project explores the many features that medieval penal spaces, such as Purgatory, Limbo, and Hell have in common with earthly carceral spaces, and the ways in which marginal figures—such as dead pagans, excommunicants, restless ghosts, and even devils—in medieval narratives engage with those spaces. I argue that in the Middle Ages, prison inmates and the restless dead were of liminal status, and their permeable confines occupied the center of each medieval community’s social, economic, and spiritual landscape. Punitive measures were a means of correction and rehabilitation, and liminal figures were reintegrated after a relatively short period of punishment. Over time, however, as both religious and secular penal practices evolved, the connection between purgation and imprisonment became more attenuated, and liminal figures moved to the periphery of the medieval imaginary. I illustrate this point by using an online time-lapse mapping tool to chart the movement of gaols, prisons, churches, and graveyards from the heart of each medieval community to the periphery, demonstrating that as these punitive spaces shifted from center to margin, the once-strong association between prison and Purgatory began to diminish and was eventually lost.

Publications

“Using Data and Design to Bring the New Variorum Shakespeare Online.” In The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Interface. Edited by Paul Budra and Clifford Werier, co-authored with Anne Burdick, Bryan Tarpley, and Laura Mandell (forthcoming).

“Modeling a Factoid Prosopography with TEI and Linked Data.” Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, co-authored with Daniel Schwartz and Nathan Gibson (forthcoming).

Beowulf By All: Community Translation and Workbook, trans lines 931-949. Edited by Elaine Treharne, Jean Abbott,  and Mateusz Fafinski, contributing translator, Arc Humanities Press, June 2021.  https://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/50261

“Asceticism in Old English and Syriac Soul and Body Narratives.” Humanities, vol. 9, no. 3, 2020,  doi:10.3390/h9030100.

“if (not “Quantize, Click, and Conclude”){DigitalMethodsInMedievalStudies();}.” Meeting the Medieval in a Digital World, ed. Matthew Davis. Arc Humanities Press, 2018. 27-44.

“Two New Approaches to Exploring Monstrous Landscapes in Beowulf and Blickling Homily XVII.” Essays in Medieval Studies,vol. 31, 2015, pp. 165-181. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ems.2015.0009

“Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP) at Texas A&M University: Using Aletheia to Train Tesseract.” ACM Document Engineering Proceedings, September 2013. 23-26.

Rev. of Debates in Digital Humanities, ed. Matthew K. Gold, in Information and Culture: A Journal of History, with Laura Mandell, et al, March 2013.

Digital Scholarship

The Digital New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare (NVS)Information Pages, including “How to NVS,” “About NVS,” “Contributors,” “Print Edition,” and “How to NVS” video tutorials. https://newvariorumshakespeare.org/

The Digital NVS Promotional Video. Center of Digital Humanities Research and Modern Language Association, co-authored script with Texas FilmWorks, July 2021. https://newvariorumshakespeare.org/about/

SPEAR (Syriac Persons, Events, and Relations), contributing author as a part of Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal http://syriaca.org.

The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online, International Committee of Correspondents, member since 2018. (available at: https://www.worldshakesbib.org/international-committee-correspondents).

The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online, Teaching Resource: Submitting Annotations to World Shakespeare Bibliography, co-authored with Heidi Craig, Laura Estill, and Kris May (available at http://www.worldshakesbib.org/resources).

Works in Progress

“Formulas as a Test for Verse-Medial Extrametrical Syllables in Old English Poetry.” Article in progress, co-authoring with Britt Mize.

Latin to English translations of selected poems from Carmina Burana for 20/20 | Hulu special, anchored by Diane Sawyer (In-Progress).

Visualization Projects

Mapping the Medieval World with VisualEyes

Prisons in Medieval London

Medieval Cemeteries in London

Mapping Networks in The Lives of St. Margaret

St. M BL MS Harley 4012

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Cambridge Corpus Christi College 303 MS, C. 1150

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Tiberius A. iii MS, c. 1050

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Cambridge Corpus Christi College 303 MS, C. 1150

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The Liflade ant te Passium of Seinte Margarete (c. 1225)

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John Lydgate’s Lyfe of Seynt Margarete, c. 1415-1426

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John Mirk’s Sermon on St. Margarete MS, 1403

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Mapping Literary Landscapes in Shakespeare using Gephi

Network Graph Generated for Hamlet

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Network Graph Generated for Othello

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Network Graph Generated for The Tempest

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