I was born in north London and educated at Gonville and Caius College (B.A., 1984; M.A., 1988) and Girton College (Ph.D., 1996), University of Cambridge. I joined Saint Louis University's Department of English in 1995, and have held visiting posts at the Karl-Franzens-Universitat in Graz, Austria (1984-85) and Indiana University, Bloomington (1994-95). My main research is on the medieval and Renaissance literatures of England and Scotland, especially (but not exclusively) on the period between the late fourteenth and mid-sixteenth centuries. Additional areas of interest include Scottish literature to the present, in particular the writing of Scott, Hogg and their contemporaries; comparative literature; poetry and translation (mostly German-English); psychoanalytic theory. I'm American editor of the Renaissance section of Blackwell Publishing's online journal Literature Compass, and am an advisory member of the International Committee of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies.
"Framing the Covenanters (Again): Teaching Old Mortality in Context" in Approaches to Teaching Walter Scott's Waverley Novels, ed. Ian Duncan and Evan Gottlieb ( New York: MLA, 2009), pp. 140-49.
"Death and the King's Horsemen: The Resonyng of William Lamb." Moreana 45 (2008), 51-66.
"Cultural Intersections: Skelton, Barclay, Hawes, Andre" in John Skelton and Early Modern Culture: Papers Honoring Robert S. Kinsman, ed. David R. Carlson ( Tempe: ACMRS, 2008), MRTS Vol. 300, 63-84.
"Frontier Creatures: The Imaginary Characters of Weir of Hermiston." International Journal of Scottish Literature 2 (2007) [www.ijsl.stir.ac.uk]
"Robert Henryson," in The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, ed. Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning and Murray Pittock (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006), pp.286-94.
"Romance and its Discontents in Eger and Grime," in The Spirit of Medieval English Popular Romance, ed. Ad Putter and Jane Gilbert (London: Longman Press, 2000), pp. 200-18.
"Reading the Land: James Hogg and the Highlands." Studies in Hogg and his World 4 (1993): 57-82.
"Hoccleve's Unregimented Body." Paragraph 13 (1990): 164-83.
"The Three Perils of Woman and John Wilson's Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life." Studies in Hogg and his World 1 (1990): 30-45.
"William Dunbar: the Elusive Subject," in Brycht Lanternis: Essays on the Language and Literature of Medieval and Renaissance Scotland, ed. J. Derrick McClure and M. R. G. Spiller (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1989), pp. 194-208.
"'Ingenious Lies': The Poetic Mirror, in Context." In Papers Given at the Second James Hogg Society Conference, Edinburgh, 1985, ed. G. Hughes (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1988), pp. 79-96.