Mary Toft Lives

Our final show just wrapped! This summer, I've been working with the amazingly talented Jon Gann to produce a Capital Fringe 2016 show on the famous "Rabbit Woman of Godalming," who gave birth to a series of rabbits--in parts--over the course of a few months in 1726. It was a song cycle, each song in …

CEA 2015 Remarks

CEA 2015, Indianapolis, IN March 28, 2015 Novels in Context: A TEI Database for Teachers, Students, and Scholars In Fall 2012, I was teaching my “survey” of World Literature (1500-1800… I know!), a class that I typically teach once an academic year. I use the Norton Anthology, Volumes C and D, because they have a …

2015 CEA Proposal

Novels in Context: A TEI Database of Primary Resources for Teachers, Students, and Scholars College English Association 2015 Proposal This Fall, I was awarded a sabbatical grant to pursue work in the digital humanities, specifically the creation of a free- and open-source relational database of curated, excerpted, annotated primary source materials useful for the study and …

Proposals!

It's a real pleasure to get back into writing and researching; administration has its rewards, but I think I'd much rather teach, read, and write about the things that inspire and interest me. Since the sabbatical has technically started, I've been working on my Novels in Context database project, but I've also been working up several proposals …

Working Project: Corpse Humor

I'm currently working on an essay about the way that popular drama addresses the material practices of death in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, entitled "Corpse Humor: Funereal Practices in Early 18th Century Popular Performance." A (very drafty) draft is available online for comment and feedback.  I anticipate cutting some sections and foregrounding other …