Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
125 Queen’s Park, 3rd floor, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
My dissertation research focuses on weird forms of reading and
writing that emerged from the multilingual contact zones in
the medieval Crown of Aragon (and vicinity). My I’m specifically interested
in forms that never became articulated or naturalized in the medieval literary tradition,
forms which might be better appreciated now, given the
diverse literary pleasures articulated in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
These medieval forms include multilingual poetry, “ungrammatical” second-language writing,
experiments in translation, and asemic imitations of other languages.
More broadly, I’m interested in:
the materiality of language;
queer literary pleasures;
the affective potential of grammatical fundamentals;
anachronistic, experimental, and non-normative reading and writing practices;
dystranslation and other nonnormative modes of translation;
puns, etymologies, asemic writing, and other disruptions of the word.
Sept. 2009 to present
Ph.D. candidate (expected date of completion: May 2015)
Dissertation: "Lenguage Estrany: The Poetics and Pleasures of Multilingualism
in the Crown of Aragon"
Committee: Dr. Jill Ross (supervisor), Dr. Suzanne Conklin Akbari
Major Field: “Language, Identity, and Cultural Contact in the Crown of Aragon,
Committee: Dr. Jill Ross (supervisor), Dr. Mark Meyerson, Dr. Suzanne Conklin Akbari
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.
Sept. 2008 to April 2009
M.A., Medieval Studies
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.
April 2006 to June 2008
B.A., Liberal Studies (magna cum laude)
Portland State University, Portland, Ore.
Jan. 1993 to June 1997
(B.A., English/Creative Writing, incomplete)
Queens College, City University of New York, Queens, N.Y.
- “Voice Change / Language Change.” With Jonathan Hsy. Burn After Reading: Vol II. The Future We Want: A Collaboration. Ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. Washington: Oliphunt, 2014. 177–188.
- “De catervis ceteris.” Burn After Reading: Vol I. Miniature Manifestos for a Post/medieval Studies. Ed. Eileen A. Joy, and Myra Seaman. Brooklyn: Punctum, 2014. 97–99.
- “Anticipatory Plagiarism and the Ex Post Facto–Garde.” postmedieval 4:3 (2013), 305–309.
- “‘Co que pus ma parech belh’: Language, Dialogue, and Utopia in Guillem de Torroella’s La Faula.” De l’Oral à l’écrit : le dialogue à travers les genres romanesque et théâtral. Ed. Corinne Denoyelle. Orléans: Paradigme, 2013. 257–266.
Selected non- and para-academic publications
- “Tidy”. [A dystranslation of the ‘Pearl’ poet’s “Cleanness”.] Cotton Nero A.x. With David Hadbawnik, Daniel C. Remein, and Lisa Ampleman. Buffalo: eth, 2014.
- “Introduction”. [A poetic essay.] kadar koli 8 (2013): 5–7.
- kadar koli 8, “On dystranslation”. [A poetry and poetics journal]. Edited with David Hadbawnik. 2013.
- “The Name Thereof: A Love Story”. [A poetic essay, incorporating translations of Lluís d’Averçó’s Torcimany.] Eights 1 (2013).
- “On the letter ‘x’”. [A translation from Lluís d’Averçó’s Torcimany.] Portland, Ore.: envelope, 2012.
- Bell-lloc. [Poetry.] Portland: Airfoil, 2011.
- On January thirty-first…. [Poetry.] Albuquerque: Crane’s Bill Press, 2008.
- Exercises in Penmanship. [Poetry.] Winston, Ore.: nine muses press, 2007.
- “How to Read a Pseudotext: Recognizing and Reading the Texts of Pere Serra’s Altarpiece of the Virgin.” Poster session at The Nineteenth Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society. Reykjavik, 16–20 July 2014.
- “How to Read Fake Hebrew: The Serra Altarpieces.” “Strange Letters” panel at the Forty-ninth International Congress on Medieval Studies. University of Western Michigan, 8–11 May 2014.
- “I.” “Impossible Words” roundtable at the Forty-ninth International Congress on Medieval Studies. University of Western Michigan, 8–11 May 2014.
- “Seeing Spaces.” “. #;()@?”:--*!” roundtable at the Forty-ninth International Congress on Medieval Studies. University of Western Michigan, 8–11 May 2014.
- “Inventing a Language that Already Exists.” inFORMING CONTENT. University of Toronto. 2 May 2014.
- “Lenguage Estrany: The Poetics and Pleasures of Multilingualism in the Crown of Aragon.” Jackman Humanities Institute, 9 January 2014.
- “Pedagogical implications of inequalities (social and other) at the graduate level.” Graduate Student Learning in the Humanities: Challenges, Best Practices, Perspectives. University of Toronto, 28 September 2013.
- “X: The Crossroads of Languages in Lluis d’Averçó’s Torcimany.” “Linguistic Contact(s) in Medieval Iberia” panel at the Forty-eighth International Congress on Medieval Studies. University of Western Michigan, 9–12 May 2013.
- “Voice Change / Language Change.” With Jonathan Hsy. “The Future We Want: A Collaboration” roundtable at the Forty-eighth International Congress on Medieval Studies. University of Western Michigan, 9–12 May 2013.
- “Garble Garble Garble.” Future-Philology panel at Cruising in the Ruins: The Question of Disciplinarity in the Post/medieval University. The Second Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group. Boston, 20–22 September 2012.
- “Guillem de Torroella’s La Faula: A Polyglottopia.” The Eighteenth Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society. Portland, Ore., 23–26 July 2012.
- “De catervis ceteris.” Burn After Reading: Miniature Manifestos for a Post/medieval Studies roundtable at the Forty-seventh International Congress on Medieval Studies. University of Western Michigan, 10–13 May 2012.
- “Hebrew and Pseudo-Hebrew in the Retaules of the Serra Brothers.” Imitation, Emulation, and Forgery: Pretending and Becoming in the Medieval World: The Thirty-third Medieval Colloquium of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. 2–3 March 2012.
- “‘Si fo·m com lenguatge frances’: French and Catalan Dialogue in Guillem de Torroella’s La Faula.” Romance and Dramatic Fictions in the Middle Ages: the Conversation in Question. University of Toronto, 10–11 June 2011.
- “Anticipatory Plagiarism and the Ex Post Facto Garde in the Middle Ages.” Queering the Muse: Medieval Poetry and Contemporary Poetics panel at the Forty-sixth International Congress on Medieval Studies. University of Western Michigan, 12–15 May 2011.
- “La Faula by Guillem de Torroella: A Polyglottopia.” Work In Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 4 March 2011.
- “Reinventing the Time Machine: Dante and Grammar.” Desiring the Text, Touching the Past: Towards An Erotics of Reception. University of Bristol, 10 July 2010.
- “On ‘Fake’ Language”. NEW 102Y: Travelling Words: Language and Diversity, University of Toronto. 30 January 2014.
- “Epistemology and Magic”. ENG 239: Fantasy and Horror, University of Toronto. 3 March 2011.
Honours and awards
- 2013 Jackman Humanities Institute Graduate Fellowship (2013–2014)
- 2012 School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant
- 2011 Scrabulator Optimus (i.e., Champion, Latin Scrabble Championship)
- 2010 University of Toronto Centre for Medieval Studies Travel Grants (2010–2012)
- 2009 Avie Bennett Scholarship
- 2009 University of Toronto Open Fellowship (2009–2015)
- 2008 University of Toronto Graduate Admission Award
- 1997 Melvin Dixon Award for Poetry
- 1995 Sandra Schor Writing Award for Poetry
- 1994 Myron Matlaw Award for Wit and Literary Excellence
- Grammar Rabble (cofounder and organizer), 2014–present.
- American Comparative Literature Assocation, 2014–present.
- New Chaucer Society, 2012–present.
- BABEL Working Group, 2011–present.
- North American Catalan Society, 2010–present.
- Medieval Academy of America, 2008–present.
- Spare Room (poetry reading series; cofounder and organizer), 2002–2008.
- Editor, eth press, 2012–present
- Service for conferences
- Programming Committee, Fourth Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, University of Toronto, 2015
- Planning Committee, Fourth Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, University of Toronto, 2015
- Panel Co-organizer, “Writing the Unreadable Text”, Third Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014.
- Conference Co-organizer, Re-thinking Philology: 25 Years after the “New Philology”, University of Toronto, 2013.
- Panel Chair, Fourth Annual Canada Chaucer Seminar, Toronto, 2012.
- Service for the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
- Treasurer, Student Committee, 2010–2012.
- Modern Languages Committee, 2010–2011.
- Welcome Committee, 2009–2010.
- Website Committee, 2009–2012.
- Graphic design work (conference posters, programmes, etc.), 2012–present.
- Service for Portland State University
- Medieval Latin Reading Group (cofounder), 2007–2008.
- Association of Classics Students, 2006–2007.
- Teaching Assistant, 2009-present. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.
- ENG 259, Literature and the Environment. Dr. Ella Soper-Jones. Spring 2013
- ENG 280, Critical Approaches to Literature. Dr. Mark Crimmins. Fall 2012
- MST 1001, Intermediate Medieval Latin. Tutorials. Spring 2012
- ENG 150, Literary Tradition. Grading, tutorials. 2011–2012.
- MST 1000, Introductory Medieval Latin. Tutorials. 2010–2011.
- ENG 239, Fantasy/Horror. Grading, tutorials, lecturing. 2010–2011.
- ENG 236, Detective Fiction. Grading, meeting with students. Fall 2009.
- Administrative Director, 2001–2004. Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, Portland, Ore.
- Publications Assistant, 1998–1999. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York, N.Y.
- Teaching Assistant, Remedial English for ESL Students, 1996. Queens College, City University of New York, New York, N.Y.
Reading and research languages
- Latin, French, medieval French, Catalan, medieval Catalan, medieval Occitan, Spanish; some Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, German, Italian