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Book Reviews

Book reviews are one of my favorite genres of writing because it allows a focused and direct engagement with another scholar's (or collection of scholars') work. My philosophy when reading a book and writing a review is (1) to foreground curiosity about an author's methodology and interest in the subject, (2) to expect to learn something new from an author, and (3) to be challenged in meaningful ways. When writing a review I hope to leave readers with a similar curiosity that leads them to seek out a text as well as a sense of the author's contribution - not simply to a conversation or a field largely speaking, but to an open and listening audience. 

Tison Pugh, On the Queerness of Early English Drama: Sex in the Subjunctive (2021)

Review in Speculum (2023)

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Rebecca Merkelbach, Monsters in Society: Alterity, Transgression, and the Use of the Past in Medieval Iceland (2019)

Review Forthcoming in Kyngervi (2021)


Anne Scott and Michael Barbezat, eds. Fluid Bodies and Bodily Fluids in Premodern Europe: Bodies, Blood, and Tears in Literature, Theology and Art (2019)

Review in The Medieval Review (2021)


Leah DeVun, The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Bodies from Genesis to the Renaissance (2021)

Review in Studies in the Age of Chaucer (2022)


Laura Kalas, Margery Kempe's Spiritual Medicine: Suffering, Transformation and the Life-​Course (2020)

Review in Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures (JMRC), 2021


Nicole Nolan Sidhu, Indecent Exposure: Gender, Politics, and Obscene Comedy in Middle English Literature (2016)

Review in Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies “Gendered Spaces Issue” 13.1 (2017)

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