In a nutshell
I teach and conduct research on 16th- and 17th- century English literature, especially drama. My research interests include the histories of cognition, emotion and embodiment (especially in relation to memory, forgetting and sleep); period conceptions of generation, vitality and humanness; the relationship between literary genre and early modern experiences of embodiment; cartography, geography and conceptions of landed property; and British World War 2 film. My most recent monograph is Sleep, Romance and Human Embodiment: Vitality from Spenser to Milton (Cambridge, 2012), which also features chapters on Sidney, Shakespeare and Dryden. I have served as co-editor of Shakespeare Studies, have been a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, and have been on the Shakespeare Division Executive Committee of the MLA. I am currently working on two book projects, one that focuses on Shakespeare and British World War 2 film and the other (with Greg Semenza) on the war films of Powell and Pressburger. Along with Julie Sanders, I am co-editor of a new Oxford University Press book series entitled Early Modern Literary Geographies.