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 recently been developing an interest in 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 was trained in performance pedagogy at the Folger Shakespeare Library's month-long Teaching Shakespeare Institute in 2008, and that experience had a profound impact on my teaching. I've adapted their philosophies into several different approaches, using performance to teach everything from drama to poetry to composition. I've also been developing an interest in the pedagogical possibilities of the digital humanities, particularly the ways in which we can create digital materials for classroom purposes. I've been working on creating a digital scholarly edition of Marston's Antonio plays, complete with commentaries from actors and directors. The final version will include recordings of scene performances and other media-rich materials. I would like to continue developing these kinds of resources, not only because I believe they will be engaging for students, but because they can alleviate the problem of text availability (when texts are out of print) while cutting an expense for our students.