News and Events

  • January 2022: My essay on catastrophe and vegetal growth in country house poems, “Managed Catastrophe: Problem-Solving and Rhyming Couplets in the Seventeenth-Century Country House Poem,” has just appeared in a special issue of The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies on Forms of Catastrophe (edited by Shannon Gayk and Evelyn Reynolds). The article explores how central features of this poetic tradition, procatalepsis and the rhyming couplet, place readers in the position of estate managers, but also challenge the notion that practical problem-solving can save us from catastrophe, ecological or otherwise.
  • December 2021: The most recent issue of Marvell Studies (vol. 6, no. 2) has been published. It contains an essay by Kevin Laam on Upon Appleton House and the reformation of the theater during the Commonwealth and Interregnum. It also contains reviews of Matthew Augustine’s Andrew Marvell: A Literary Life (by Gregory Chaplin) and his Aesthetics of Contingency: Writing, Politics, and Culture in England, 1639-89 (by Johanna Harris), as well as a review (by Nicholas McDowell) of Texts and Readers in the Age of Marvell, a collection of essays edited by Christopher D’Addario and Matthew Augustine.
  • July 2021: My essay on Herbert’s depiction of rhyme and trade, “Mine, Then Thine: Rhyme, Exchange, and the Economy of the Gimmick in The Temple,” appeared in The George Herbert Journal 42, no. 1-2. Taking its cue from Sianne Ngai’s work on the gimmick, it explores how Herbert uses rhyme to counter the apparent inevitability of exchange: i.e., that we’re necessarily trading something whenever we interact with others, including God.