As of Fall 2017, I will be an Upper-School French Teacher at Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina. This year I will teach French language courses and the advanced French and francophone literature course, tentatively themed "Anxiété, Angoisse, Mal de siècle," which will center on the idea of "anxieties" in nineteenth and twentieth century cultural productions.
I am at work on two ongoing research projects. The first is a book project, titled "Location/Locution: The Evidence of the Body in the Old French Fabliaux." Centering on a corpus of texts typically called the "fabliaux," a group of some 120-150 short, often comic texts in octosyllabic verse, the book focuses primarily on the relationship between body, spatial location, and "truth," between voice, evidence, and testimony. The book also questions the relationship between the profane fabliaux and popular religious literatures, including exempla and saints' lives. My readings are especially informed by the manuscript contexts of the fabliaux, and my second project, closely related to the book, deals with the fabliaux of the fourteenth-century poet Watriquet de Couvin, particularly as they appear in medieval collections of his works.
More broadly, my work concerns gender, space, and materiality: I have published articles on urban spaces for death in the fabliaux; language play as corporeal monstrosity in the fabliaux and narrative lais; models for gendered subjectivity in the fabliaux and "Aucassin and Nicolette," as these tales appear in the manuscript Paris BN 2168; and maternity, paternity, and medical metaphors in Chrétien de Troyes' Conte du graal.