Welcome! I opted to call my page "TheRenaivalist.com" for two key reasons. First, from the very beginning of my graduate work, I've had one foot in the medieval lit world and another in the Renaissance world. "Renaissance" + "Medievalist" = "Renaivalist." I met some of my dearest friends after giving a conference paper on Chaucer, and they were shocked to find out that I was a Renaissance scholar (they spent many fruitless years trying to convert me). I love both worlds, and while I will always have feet in both worlds, my heart is in on that Renaissance stage. The second reason for the website title is the fact that my initial choice (bluecollarscholar) was already registered by someone else! See my blog for more info on my background, both as a Renaivalist and as a lit nerd from farm country.
My research interests are focused primarily on medieval and Renaissance literature, with a particular passion for drama. I have also been developing a passion for cinematic Shakespearean adaptation, and I've been especially keen on silent films and Shakespearean Westerns (Yellow Sky is a hoot). Outside of drama, I enjoy working with early humanist writings (Lorenzo Valla is a personal favorite), queer theory, and the role of clothing and costumes.
I am also hard at work on a large-scale Digital Humanities project involving archives and correspondence from noted historical Shakespearean actors. I should have some big announcements on that front in 2019.