• Pegasus Professor
  • Education

    • Ph.D. in Medieval English Literature from University of Oregon (2000)
    • M.Ed. in English Education from University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1993)
    • B.A. in English Literature from State University of New York, College at Purchase (1991)

    Selected Publications

    Books

    • Chaucer's Losers, Nintendo's Children, and Other Forays in Queer Ludonarratology. University of Nebraska Press, 2019

    • The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom. Rutgers University Press, 2018. 

    • Precious Perversions: Humor, Homosexuality, and the Southern Literary Canon. Louisiana State University Press, 2016.

    • Folse, K., & Pugh, T. (2015). Great Writing Book 5 (3rd Ed.). National Geographic Learning.

    • Chaucer's (Anti-)Eroticisms and the Queer Middle Ages. Ohio State University Press, 2014.

    • Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies. University of Georgia Press, 2014.

    • Literary Studies: A Practical Guide. Co-written with Margaret E. Johnson. Routledge, 2014. 

    • Queer Chivalry: Medievalism and the Myth of White Masculinity in Southern Literature. Louisiana State University Press, 2013. 

    • An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer. University Press of Florida, 2013.

    • Medievalisms: Making the Past in the Present. Co-written with Angela Jane Weisl. Routledge, 2012.

    • Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children's Literature. Routledge, 2011.

    • Sexuality and Its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

    • Queering Medieval Genres. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

    Edited Collections

    • Jews in Medieval England: Teaching Representations of the Other. Co-edited with Miriamne Ara Krummel. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

    • Chaucer on Screen: Absence, Presence, and Adapting the Canterbury Tales. Co-edited with Kathleen Coyne Kelly. Ohio State University Press, 2016.

    • The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past. Co-edited with Susan Aronstein. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

    • Queer Movie Medievalisms. Co-edited with Kathleen Kelly. Ashgate, 2009. 

    • Men and Masculinities in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Co-edited with Marcia Smith Marzec. D. S. Brewer. 2008.

    • Race, Class, and Gender in “Medieval” Cinema. Co-edited with Lynn Ramey. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

    • Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and the Shorter Poems. Co-edited with Angela Jane Weisl. Modern Language Association, 2007.

    Courses

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    11265 ENG3612 Trendslitcultural Text Studies Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable

    ENG 3612      Literary Gaming

    Is literature a game? Are games literary? This course tackles the intersection of narratology and ludology, examining their key structural similarities in a variety of cultural artifacts. Literary texts include the medieval romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Agatha Christie’s Murder at the Vicarage, Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch, and Bernard Malamud’s The Natural; games include The Legend of Zelda, Literary Jenga, and larping; theoretical texts include Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens, Roger Caillois’s Man, Play, and Games, and Bernard Suits’s The Grasshopper, among numerous others. Students can expect engaging readings, three papers, a final exam, and a presentation on the narrative qualities of a particular game.

    19379 ENL3378 Harry Potter Studies Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM Unavailable

    J. K. Rowling created a global phenomenon with her Harry Potter novels, and this course explores their popularity through the multiple lenses available through literary theory. Students will read the seven books of the Harry Potter series as well as critical studies of them. They will also write three essays of varying lengths and face numerous quizzes and a final exam. Studying children’s literature requires sophisticated critical and analytical skills, which this course will assist students in honing.  

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    92202 ENL4311 Chaucer Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Unavailable

    This course satisfies the pre-1865 requirement.

    PR: A grade of C or better in ENG 3014 

    Geoffrey Chaucer is often called the “Father of English Literature,” and by exploring his writings, this course offers student the opportunity to consider his key role in the English literary tradition. We will read Chaucer’s writings in his Middle English, and the first weeks of the course will be devoted to helping students achieve fluency with this early form of their language so that they can enjoy The Canterbury Tales and other texts without the intermediary of translations. Students can expect engaging readings, three papers, a final exam, and a presentation. No prior experience with Middle English is necessary, but an appreciation of bawdy medieval humor is essential.

    92783 LIT3132 Legend & Lit King Arthur Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Unavailable

    The legends and literatures of King Arthur are one of the most popular and enduring among the Western tradition. Why? What is so appealing about the mythic Arthur and the fall of Camelot? This course examines Arthurian texts covering a 1500-year span, from the earliest “historical” references to the latest Hollywood interpretations, as well as from a range of British, French, German, and American authors. Likely texts and authors include Marie de France, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Thomas Malory, Chrétien de Troyes, Tristan and Isolde, Alfred Tennyson, Mark Twain, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Students can expect engaging readings, three papers, a final exam, and a presentation.

    No courses found for Summer 2020.

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    18463 ENG3612 Trendslitcultural Text Studies Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 10:15 AM Unavailable

    ENG 3612      Trends in LCT Studies: Literary Gaming

    Is literature a game? Are games literary? This course tackles the intersection of narratology and ludology, examining their key structural similarities in a variety of cultural artifacts. Literary texts will likely include the medieval romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and Bernard Malamud’s The Natural; games will likely include King Arthur: The Card GameThe Legend of Zelda, and Candyland; theoretical texts will likely include Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens, Roger Caillois’s Man, Play, and Games, and Bernard Suits’s The Grasshopper, among numerous others. Students can expect extensive and engaging readings, three papers, a final exam, and a presentation on the narrative qualities of a particular game.

    20547 ENL3378H Hon Harry Potter Studies Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Unavailable

    PR: ENC 1102H or equivalent and consent of Honors.

    Examines J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of books and other adaptations. With Honors content.

    Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
    90534 LIT3132 Legend & Lit King Arthur Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Unavailable

    The legend of King Arthur is one of the most popular and enduring in western literature. Why? What is so appealing about the mythic Arthur and the fall of Camelot? In this course, we will analyze Arthurian texts covering a 1500-year span, from the earliest “historical” references to the latest Hollywood interpretations, as well as from a range of British, French, German, and American authors. Likely texts and authors include Marie de France, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,Thomas Malory, Chretien de Troyes, Tristan and Isolde, Alfred Tennyson, Mark Twain, and Monty Python. Students can expect extensive and engaging readings, three papers, a final exam, and a presentation.

    91957 LIT4374 Literature of the Bible Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM Unavailable

    PR: ENC 1102 and ENG 3014

    This course examines the literary qualities of the Judeo-Christian Bible. Readings will be taken from the Tanakh (also known as the Christian Old Testament), the New Testament, the Apocrypha, and various miscellaneous texts. We will study this material for questions of narrative, genre, imagery, symbolism, characterization, and theme, among other such perspectives. As a foundational text of Western culture, we can learn much from studying the Bible, but this course in no way presupposes that the enrolled students identify themselves as members of any faith that takes the Judeo-Christian Bible (or parts thereof) as its core text. Note that this course addresses the Bible as literature, not as a source of theology. Required texts include Michael D. Coogan, ed., The New Oxford Annotated Bibleand Bart Ehrman, ed., Lost Scriptures: Books That Did Not Make It into the New Testament. Students can expect extensive and engaging readings, three papers, a final exam, and a presentation.