(updated 2020 29 July)

Nick B. Williams Professor of Literature
Department of English

The University of the South
Sewanee, TN 37383 USA / 615-491-1329

Ph.D. in English, University of California at Berkeley, CA, 1983-87
-- dissertation research fellow, Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, London, 1982-83
M.A. in English, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1980-82
B.A. in Education and English (cum laude), Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1975-80

DISSERTATION [DAI, 48 (1988), 2193-A]:
"Emblems and Sententiae in Renaissance Prose: Mystical and Literary Design in Burton and Browne"

The Memory Arts in Renaissance England: A Critical Anthology, eds. William E. Engel, Rory Loughnane, and Grant Williams (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016) [hardback, paperback, and e-book]
Notices and Reviews:
Spenser Review 47.2.29 (Spring-Summer 2017)
Trinity Reporter (Spring 2017), p.5; Renaissance Quarterly 70.3 (Fall 2017), pp.1125-26;  SEL Studies in English Literature 51.1 (Winter 2018),  Seventeenth-Century News, 76: 1&2 (2018), 25-30; Sixteenth Century Journal 48.4, pp.1105-06;The Year's Work in English Studies 97.1 (October 2018), pp. 315–52 click here for online viewing of this book

Early Modern Poetics in Melville & Poe: Memory, Melancholy, and the Emblematic Tradition 
(Ashgate, 2012; Routledge, 2016 [paperback]) --A YBP LITERARY ESSENTIALS TITLE FOR 2013
Notices and Reviews:  Emblem Studies Newsletter 51 (Summer 2012), 25; Assessing New Books on Literature 19 (2012); Trinity Reporter (Fall 2012), 32; Poe Studies 46 (2013): 124-30
; Modern Language Review 109.2 (2014): 501-502; Leviathan 17.1 (March 2015), 92-97; click here for online viewing of this book

Chiastic Designs in English Literature from Sidney to Shakespeare (Ashgate, 2009; Routledge, 2016 [paperback])
Notices and Reviews: Trinity Reporter (Winter 2010), 36;
Review of English Studies 61:249 (2010), 294-96; Studies in English Literature 50:1 (Winter 2010), 226-27;
Renaissance Quarterly 63:1 (Spring 2010), 309-10; Studies in English Literature 50, 2 (Spring 2010), 496; The Spenser Review 41:1 (2011); The Sixteenth Century Journal 42:2 (Summer 2011), 482-3; Shakespeare Jahrbuch (2012): 238-40; Rhetorica 30:4 (Autumn 2012), 448-50;  click here for online viewing of this book.

Death and Drama in Renaissance England: Shades of Memory (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002; rpt. 2005). 
Notices and Reviews: Emblem Studies Newsletter 32 (Jan 2003), 12; Emblematica 13 (2003), 397-403; Sixteenth Century Journal 35.2 (2004), 593-95; Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, 66.2 (2004), 413-14; Renaissance Quarterly 57.3 (2004), 1166-68; Studies in English Literature 44.2 (Spring 2004), 416; 
Review of English Studies 55 (2004): 457-9; Notes and Queries 51.1 (March 2004), 85-86; Clio: Journal of Literature, History and the Philosophy of History, 33.4 (Summer 2004); Shakespeare Studies 32 (2004), 352-6; Year's Work in English Studies 84 (2005), 441ff.; Libraries & Culture 40.1 (2005), 91-92; Shakespeare Studies 32 (2004), 352-356; click here for online viewing of this book

Education & Anarchy (Lanham, New York, and Oxford: University Press of America, 2001).
Notices and Reviews: The Spenser Review 32, No.3 (Autumn 2001), 14-15; The Pennsylvania Gazette 100, No.1 (Nov/Dec 2001); Trinity Reporter (Fall 2002), 12; Choice 40.1 (Sept 2002); Sixteenth Century Journal 33.3 (Fall 2002), 914-15; click here for viewing of this book

Mapping Mortality: The Persistence of Memory and Melancholy in Early Modern England (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1995).
Notices and Reviews: Sixteenth Century Journal 27.2 (Summer 1996), 663; Emblem Studies Newsletter, No. 19 (July 1996), 2; Trinity Reporter (July 1996), 36; Choice 33, No. 11/12 (July/August 1996); Sidney Newsletter and Journal 14.1 (Summer 1996), 82-87; Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance 58.3 (1996), 701-702; Sewanee Review 105.1 (Winter 1997), xx-xxii; Studies in English Literature 37 (1997), 218; Epilogue 11.2 (1996), 52-53; Libraries and Culture (Summer 1997), 382-83; Seventeenth-Century News 55 No. 3 & 4 (Fall-Winter, 1997), 60-61; Review of English Studies, New Series 48, No.192 (1997), 534-35; Renaissance Quarterly 50.4 (Winter 1997), 1223-24; noted in Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance 60 (1998), 166; Bulletin of the History of Medicine 72.3 (1998), 543-45; Litterarum Kritikon 27 (2000), 137-42;
click here for online viewing of this book


The Printer as Author in the Early Modern English Book Trade: John Day and the Fabrication of a Protestant Memory Art (contract signed with Routledge; expected delivery date, August 2021)

The Death Arts in Renaissance England: A Critical Anthology (contract signed with Cambridge), with Rory Loughnane and Grant Williams

Memory and Mortality in Renaissance England (contract signed with Cambridge) edited collection of essays with Rory Loughnane and Grant Williams

The Shakespearan Death Arts: Hamlet Among the Tombs (contract signed with PalgraveMacmillan) edited collection of essays with Grant Williams in Palgrave Shakespeare Studies

Slips of Thought from Chaucer to Milton: imagining the stuff of allegory" (in manuscript)

"Nineteenth Century Writers Reading Renaissance Texts: Poe, Melville, and Marx (nearly completed)
"Chaucer Chiastically Conceived: A Reader's Guide" (nearly completed)
"'Tears Such as Angels Weep': Angelic Intelligence from Milton to Poe" (nearly completed)
"Grace Resplendent: A Philological Study of 'Grace' in the English Literary Tradition" (draft stage)
"What the Pastoral Remembers: case studies from Theocritus to Walton" (pre-draft stage)

"The Tug of Memory, 'I know you of old'" in Memory and Affect in Shakespeare's England, ed. Jonathan Baldo and Isabelle Karremann (project under editorial review)

“Intertheatrical Cues and Shakespearean backstories,” ed. Gilles Bertheau, Actes des congres de la Société Française Shakespeare 38 (2020); completed, with editor

“Animal Analogues and the Character of American Wildlife in “’The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,’” in Animals in the Classics: How Natural History Inspired Great American Fiction, ed. John Gruesser (College Station: Texas A & M University Press, forthcoming 2020), completed, with editor

"Knowledge: Science and Education," in A Cultural History of Memory in the Early Modern Age, eds.  Alessandro Arcangeli and Marek Tamm (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2020)

“’Bartleby’: authority, anxiety, and authorship in 19th century American Literature,” ed. Andrew J. Power, The Birth and Death of the Author: A multi-authored history of authorship (Routledge, July 2020)

"Migrating Aspects of an Emblem: Occasio, Time, and Death from Alciato to Holbein," Recent Work in Emblem Studies (Renaissance), gen ed. Paulette Choné and Anne Rolet (co-édition des Presses universitaires François-Rabelais (Tours) et des Presses universitaires de Rennes, forthcoming 2020)

​"Poe's Cultural Inheritance" in The Oxford Handbook to Edgar Allan Poe, eds. J. Gerald Kennedy and Scott Peeples (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), 499-519.

"Fantastic Spaces, Angelic Places" in Poe and Place: Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies," ed. Philip Edward Phillips (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 169-92. WINNER OF 2018 J. LASLEY DAMERON AWARD

"Handling Memory in the Henriad: Forgetting Falstaff," eds. Andrew Hiscock and Lina Perkins Wilder, The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), 165-79

"Locative Memory and the Circulation of Mnemic Energy in The Winter's Tale," ed. Christophe Hausermann, Actes des congres de la Société Française Shakespeare 30 (2013): 183-196.

"Poe's Resonance with Francis Quarles: Emblems, Melancholy, and The Art of Memory," in Deciphering Poe, ed. Alexandra Urikova (Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press/ Rowman Littlefield, 2013), 1-11

"Kinetic Emblems and Memory Images in The Winter's Tale," in Late Shakespeare: 1608-1613, eds. Rory Vincent Loughnane and Andrew J. Power (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 71-87

Shakespeare's Historical Context," in The Shakespeare Handbook. Eds. Andrew Hiscock and Stephen Longstaffe (London: Continuum, 2009), 26-44

Death Slips onto the Renaissance Stage" in Acts and Texts: Performance and Ritual in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Eds. Laurie Postlewate and Wim Husken (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007), 269-302

Reflecting on Performativity" in The Shakespeare Apocrypha (a publication of the Shakespeare Yearbook, XVIII). Eds. Douglas Brooks, John Ford, and Ann Thompson (Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2007), 389-407

"The Decay of Memory"
in Forgetting in Early Modern English Literature and Culture: Lethe's Legacies. Eds. Christopher Ivic and Grant Williams (London and New York: Routledge, 2004), 21-40

"The Space of Translation" in Spaces and Crossings. Essays on Literature and Culture in Africa and Beyond. Eds. Rita Wilson and Carlotta von Maltzan (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2000), 27-47

"Mnemonic Emblems and the Humanist Discourse of Knowledge,"
in Aspects of Renaissance and Baroque Symbol Theory, 1500-1700, eds. Peter Daly and John Manning (New York: AMS Press, 1999), 125-42, 276-78

Montaigne's Essais: The Literary and Literal Digesting of a Life," in The Rhetorics of Life-Writing in Early Modern Europe, eds. Thomas Mayer and Daniel Woolf (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996), 283-98

"Bacchus's parousia and Montaigne's pharmakon: Essais, II.33-37 Mnemonically Considered," Montaigne and the Gods, ed. Daniel Martin (Amherst: Hestia Press, 1993), 185-202

"Was John Harington the English Rabelais?" Rabelais in Context, ed. Barbara Bowen (Birmingham, AL: Summa Press, 1993), 147-56

"The Renaissance Ars Memorativa and Montaigne's Scene of Writing," in The Order of Montaigne's "Essays," ed. D. Martin (Amherst: Hestia Press, 1989), 33-49

JOURNAL, Guest Editor:

Special Issue on "Memory and Forgetting in the Early Modern Era," edited by George Core and William E. Engel, South Atlantic Review  83.4 (Winter 2018), preface pp. 1-8.

"Montaigne as cultural touchstone for Jefferson, Emerson, and Poe," in Montaigne Studies, special issue on Montaigne in America, eds. Gianfranco Mormino and Philippe Desan (University of Chicago Press, 2019), 25-40.

"The Table of Cebes and Edmund Spenser’s Places of Memory,” South Atlantic Review, 83.4 (Winter 2018), 9-29.

"Echoic Effects in Poe's Poetic Double Economy--of Memory," Connotations 23.1 (2013/2014): 26-48 

 "C. S. Lewis as Medieval and Renaissance Scholar," Sewanee Theological Review 55:2 (Easter 2012): 145-51

"Living with the Living Word: the King James Bible Remembered," Sewanee Theological Review 55:1 (Christmas 2011): 1-6

"Updating Classical Mnemonics for The Modern Classroom: "The Caper Star Method," in International Journal of Case Method Research and Application
, 20.2 (2008): 174-88

John Milton's Recourse to Old English: A Case-Study in Renaissance Lexicography," in Journal for the study of the Literary Artifact in Theory, Culture, or History, 1 (2008), 1-30

"Going to Art" in International Studies in Philosophy 37/4 (2005): 1-19 [published Jan 2007]

"New Perspectives on Holocaust Education," Creative Teaching 5 (2002): 63-79

"Revolving Images," International Journal of Innovative Education 15 (Fall 2001): 8-13

"Pragmatic Aesthetics," Midwest Philosophy of Education (2001): 312-13

"Classroom Capers: The Case for Using Mnemonics," Connotations 9.2 (1999-2000): 111-42

"The Way of the Sword," Creative Teaching 3 (2000), 49-61

"Can Ethics Be Taught? To Lawyers?" Creative Teaching 2 (1999), 77-84

"Patterns of Recollections in Montaigne and Melville," Connotations 7.3 (1997-1998): 332-54

"The Aesthetic Core of Memory Training," Creative Teaching 1 (1998): 91-111

"Knowledge that Counted," Bollettino del Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerche sul "Viaggio in Italia" 31-32 (Gennaio-Dicembre 1995), 107-28; which also appeared as "Italian phrase books and dictionaries in Elizabethan England," Annali d'italianistica 14 (1996): 507-22

"Cites and Stones: Montaigne's Patrimony," Montaigne Studies 4 (1992): 180-99

"The Experience of Death and Difference in Paradise Lost," Milton Studies 28 (1992): 185-210

"Mnemonic Criticism and Renaissance Literature," Connotations 1.1 (1991): 12-33

"Anecdote and Anamnesis in Montaigne and Bacon," Montaigne Studies 1.1 (1989): 158-76

"Remembering Barbara Bowen," Emblematica 3 (forthcoming 2020)

"Homage to George Core: Essays and notes in honor of his retirement," The Sewanee Review 124.4 (Fall 2016), 545.

"Emblem Books" and "John Florio," in The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature, eds. Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr. and Alan Stewart (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 322-26 and 354-56.

"Classroom plagiarism caper" included in Cheating Yourself, ed. P. A. Brock (New York: Kendall/Hunt, 2009)

"Jack Ketch, public executioner" and "Roderigo Lopez, physician to Queen Elizabeth," in Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives, ed. Carl L. Bankston III (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2007), II.565-66 and II.655-56

"Benjamin Banneker," "Marcus Garvey," "Mojo," and "Booker T. Washington," in An Encyclopedia of African American Literature, eds J. David Macey, Jr. and Hans Ostrom, 5 vols. (New York: Garland/Routledge, 2005), I.87-90, II.606-609, III.1112-14, and V.1691-94

"1532: Holbein Settles in London," Great Events from History: The Renaissance and Early Modern Era, ed. Christina J. Moose, 2 vols. (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2005), I.494-97

"Antiquarianism," "Claudio Monteverdi," and "Hugh Plat" in Encyclopedia of the Renaissance and the Reformation, gen. ed. Jennifer Speake (Aylesbury: Market House Books, 2004), pp. 20-21, 322, 383

"John Florio" and "Francis Meres,"
Tudor England: An Encyclopedia, edited by Arthur F. Kinney, David W. Swain, Eugene D. Hill, William A. Long (New York and London: Garland Press, 2001), pp. 262-63 and 483-84 (reprinted by Routledge, 2003)

"Foreword" to Noelle Lawson,Two Hearts' Rapture: A Collection of German medieval love lyrics and other songs (Braamfontein, South Africa: Violet Aura Press, 2001), 1-3


"A Most Extravagant Art" (recent books on opera) in The Sewanee Review 120.1 (Winter 2012), 172-78

"A Rich Harvest: Recent Books on Shakespeare" in The Sewanee Review 117.4 (Fall 2009), 655-65

'Darkness Visible': Pynchon at Seventy" in The Sewanee Review 116.4 (Fall 2008), 660-66

"What's New in Mnemology?," Connotations 11.2-3 (2001/2002): 241-61

The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion, ed. Andrew Hiscock and Helen Wilcox, for Religious Studies Review (forthcoming October 2020)

Patricia Phillippy, Shaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton in Renaissance Quarterly 72.4 (Winter 2020): 1588-89.

Steven Nadler, Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam, in Seventeenth-Century News, vol. 77 (2019) Nos. 3&4, pp.143-47

Gero Guttzeit, The Figures of Edgar Allan Poe: Authorship, Antebellum Literature, and Transatlantic Rhetoric in Anglistik  30 (2019): 185-86.

Susan Harlan, Memories of War in Early Modern England: Armor and Militant Nostalgia in Marlowe, Sidney, and Shakespeare, in Renaissance Quarterly 71.1 (Spring 2018), 412–13.

Jessica Wolfe, Homer and the Question of Strife from Erasmus to Hobbes, in Seventeenth-Century News Vol. 75, Nos. 3&4 (Fall 2017), 78-85.

Roger Moore, Jane Austen and the Reformation: Remembering the Sacred Landscape, in The Sewanee Review 124.4 (Fall 2016), 665-66.

Poe's Pervasive Influence, ed. Barbara Cantalupo, in Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation 48 (2015), 109-111

W.B. Patterson, William Perkins and the Making of Protestant England, in The Sewanee Review 123.4 (Fall 2015), lxv-lxvii.

Memory Before Modernity: Practices of Memory in Early Modern Europe, ed. Erika Kuijpers, Renaissance Quarterly 67.4 (Winter 2014): 1382-84

The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England: Memorial Cultures of the Post Reformation, eds. Andrew Gordon and Thomas Rist (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), Seventeenth-Century News 72:1&2 (Spring-Summer, 2014): 31-34

Jeffrey S. Shoulson, Fictions of Conversion: Jews, Christians, and Cultures of Change in Early Modern England, in The Sewanee Review 122.4 (Fall 2014): lii-lv

Jonathan A. Cook, Inscrutable Malice: Theodicy, Eschatology, and the Biblical Sources of "Moby-Dick," in The Sewanee Review 121.3 (Summer 2013), liii-lv

Ian Donaldson,
Ben Jonson: A Life, in The Sewanee Review 121.2 (Spring 2013), xxiii-xxvi

Eva Johanna Holmberg, Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination, in Seventeenth-Century News 71:1&2 (Spring-Summer, 2013): 28-31

Jonathan Baldo, Memory in Shakespeare's History Plays, in Renaissance Quarterly 66.1 (Spring 2013): 338-39

A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages, ed. Philip Phillips et al., in Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of the International Boethius Society 21 (2013): 127-35

Andrew Hiscock, Reading Memory in Early Modern Literature, in Renaissance Quarterly 65.3 (Fall 2012): 1000-1001

Margaret Willes, The Making of the English Gardener: Plants, Books and Inspiration, 1560-1660, in Seventeenth-Century News 70:1&2 (Spring-Summer, 2012): 55-8.

Achsah Guibbory, Christian Identity: Jews and Israel in Seventeenth-Century England, in Seventeenth-Century News 69.1&2 (Spring/Summer 2011): 13-16

Consolation of Queen Elizabeth I: The Queen's Translation of Boethius's "De Consolatione Philosophiae" in Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of The International Boethius Society 19 (2010): 83-7

Jennifer Summit, Memory's Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England in Seventeenth-Century News 67.3&4 (Fall/Winter 2009): 134-8

Robert McMahon, Understanding the Medieval Meditative Ascent: Augustine, Anselm, Boethius, and Dante in Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of The International Boethius Society 18 (2009), 137-43

Gilbert H. Muller, William Cullen Bryant: Author of America, in The Sewanee Review 117.4 (Fall 2009), lxxv-lxxvi

Peter Mitchell, "The Purple Island" and Anatomy in Early Seventeenth-Century Literature, Philosophy, and Theology, in Seventeenth-Century News 66.3&4 (Fall 2008): 164-7

"The Allures of Forgetting," review of Garrett Sullivan, Jr, Memory and Forgetting in English Renaissance Drama, in The Sewanee Review 115.2 (Spring 2007), xxxix-xl

"Battling with Memory" review of Thomas Anderson, Performing Early Modern Trauma from Shakespeare to Milton, in The Sewanee Review 115.1 (Winter 2007), xvii-xviii

Jason Rosenblatt, Renaissance England's Chief Rabbi: John Selden, in Seventeenth-Century News 64.3&4 (Fall-Winter 2006), 176-79

Melanie L. Simo, Literature of Place, in The Independent Scholar 20:2/3 (Summer/Fall 2006): 32-33

"Philip Roth Comes of Age," The Plot Against America, in The Sewanee Review 114.1 (Winter 2006), ix-xii

Douglas Trevor, The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England, in The Spenser Review 36.3 (Fall 2005), 5-7

Emily R. Wilson, Mocked with Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton, in Shakespeare Yearbook 15 (2005), 453-58

The Uses of Script and Print, 1300-1700, edited by Julia Crick and Alexandra Walsham, in Seventeenth-Century News63.1&2 (Spring-Summer 2005), 50-53

"What was Shakespeare Thinking?" review of Millicent Bell, Shakespeare's Tragic Skepticism and Stephen J. Greenblatt, Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, in The Sewanee Review 113.3 (Summer 2005), lvii-lxii

John Moses, ed., "One Equall Light": An Anthology of the Writings of John Donne, in The Sewanee Review 113.3 (Summer 2005), lxii-lxvi

Michael Bath, Scottish Painting in the Renaissance, in Seventeenth-Century News 62.3&4 (Fall-Winter 2004), 303-307

Abraham Cohen de Herrera, Gate of Heaven, translated from the Spanish by Kenneth Krabbenhoft, in Seventeenth-Century News 61.3&4 (Fall-Winter 2003), 197-202

Walter Stephens, Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex, and the Crisis of Belief, in Seventeenth-Century News 61.3&4 (Fall-Winter 2003), 202-205

Bryan Reynolds, Becoming Criminal: Transversal Performance and Cultural Dissidence in Early Modern England, in Seventeenth-Century News 61.3&4 (Fall-Winter 2003), 286-89

John Manning, The Emblem, in Seventeenth-Century News 61.1&2 (Spring-Summer 2003), 58-60

Inge Leimberg, ed. George Herbert, "The Temple" mit einer deutschen Versubersetzung. in Seventeenth-Century News 60.3&4 (Fall-Winter 2002), 189-91

Erica Fudge, Ruth Gilbert, and Susan Wiseman, eds., At the Borders of the Human, in Seventeenth-Century News 59.3/4 (Fall-Winter 2001), 254-58

Randolph Runyon, In La Fontaine's Labyrinth: A Thread Through "The Fables," in Seventeenth-Century News 59.3/4 (Fall-Winter 2001), 298-301

David Cressy, Travesties and Transgressions In Tudor And Stuart England, in Seventeenth-Century News 58.3&4 (Fall-Winter 2000), 223-26

Steven Nadler, Spinoza: A Life, in Seventeenth-Century News 58.3/4 (Fall-Winter 2000), 241-44

John M. Headley, Tommaso Campanella and the Transformation of the World, in Seventeenth-Century News 57.3/4 (Fall-Winter 1999), 159-61

C. J. Wright, ed., Sir Robert Cotton As Collector: Essays on an Early Stuart Courtier and His Legacy, in Seventeenth-Century News 57.1&2 (Spring-Summer 1999), 75-78

Albert H. Tricomi, Reading Tudor-Stuart Texts Through Cultural Historicism, in Seventeenth-Century News 56.3/4 (Fall -Winter, 1998), 58-60

Andrew Weeks, Paracelsus: Speculative Theory and the Crisis of the Early Reformation, in Journal of English and Germanic Philology 97.2 (April 1998), 247-49

Daniel Martin, Le Triptyque des "Essais" de Montaigne et l'heraldique des dieux greco-romains," in Sixteenth Century Journal 28.2 (1997), 613-15

John Sallis, Stone, in Renaissance Quarterly 50.1 (Spring 1997), 285-86

Michael Bath, Speaking Pictures: The Emblem Book in Renaissance Culture, in Sixteenth Century Journal 25.4 (1994), 1010-12

Michael Steig, Stories of Reading: Subjectivity and Literary Understanding, in Philosophy and Literature 14.1 (April 1990), 217-19

Huston Diehl, An Index of Icons in English Emblem Books, 1500-1700, in Shakespeare Quarterly 39, No.2 (Summer 1988), 263-65

"The Nashville Opera's Production of Philip Glass' 'The Fall of the House of Usher,'" in The Edgar Allan Poe Review  10:3 (Winter 2009): 123-25

program notes for Hamlet, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Spring 2010
historical notes for "Visitor's Guide," The Nashville Holocaust Memorial, October 2006
review of Mitchell Chefitz, The Seventh Telling, in The Nashville Observer, Oct 15, 2004
"Post-Conference Tour: Southern Germany," WACRA Newsletter (Spring 2003), 2, 6, 9
exhibit articles on Calder, Matisse, African-American Artists, VAAN Newsletter (2000-01)
"Tips for the Traveler Waiting for the Shelling to Stop: A Journey to Israel" (NJF, 2000)
"Of Donkeys and Elephants," for the Knight-Ridder wire service (1996)
"Memento Mori: A Timeless Reminder," for the Knight-Ridder wire service (1996)
"Once While in Washington, D.C.," Vanderbilt Review 12 (1996), 95
"High School Homecoming," Vanderbilt Review 11 (1995), 52
"Trinity Chapel," Vanderbilt Review 10 (1994), 49
"An Intersection in Hartford," Vanderbilt Review 9 (1993), 64-65
"A Photo Essay," Vanderbilt Review 8 (1992), 65
"A Season in Change," Vanderbilt Review 6 (1990), 21
"Alpha Chi to Celebrate Its Centennial," The Deke Quarterly (Summer 1978), 91-3

Nick B. Williams Professor of Literature, Univ of the South, Advent 2013-present
Professor, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, Advent 2011-present
Associate Professor, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, Advent 2008-2011
Visiting Assistant Professor, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, 2004-2008
Fencing Instructor, The University of the South, Sewanee, Advent 2011-present
Assistant Director, Camp Horseshoe, Rhinelander, WI, Summers 2004-2011
Educational Consultant, Nashville Holocaust Memorial, 2004-2010
Adjudicator, Scholastic Programs Administration, Nashville, TN, 2004-2009
Chair, English-Speaking Union's Regional Shakespeare Contest, 2002-2004
Educational Consultant, Tennessee Holocaust Commission, Nashville, 2000-2002
Tennessee Commission for Continuing Legal Education (Ethics Teacher), 1998-2000
Assistant Coach, Nashville Fencing Academy, 1999-2005
Affiliate, Philosophy of Education Research Center, Harvard Univ, 1998-99
Visiting Scholar, Philosophy of Education, Harvard University, 1996-98
Assistant Professor; Department of English; Vanderbilt University, 1988-96
Instructor and Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 1986-88
Teaching Assistant, University of California, Berkeley, 1984-85
Visiting Lecturer, King's College; University of London, 1982-83
Instructor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1980-82


Subcommittee on Membership Retention and Expansion, RSA, 2020
Nominating Committee, Poe Society of America (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

Harper Fund Travel Award Committee (adjudicator), SAMLA (2016-2018)
Bainton Book Prize (Chair), Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (2015-2017)
Editorial Board, Renaissance Quarterly  (2015-present)
Discipline Representative (Emblems) Renaissance Society of America (2015-21)

Member-at-Large, Poe Society of America, 2013-present.

Article and Book Awards Committee, Poe Society of America, 2012-15, 2017-20
Editorial Board, Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate, 1989-present
Outside Assessor of Scholarship for tenure candidates, 2009-present
Outside Consultant, comprehensive liberal arts college, Dec  2009
Conference Committee, National Coalition of Independent Scholars, 2008
Executive Board Nominating Committee, NCIS, 2007
Docent Training Manual and Tours; Nashville Holocaust Memorial, 2006-2007
Delegate Assembly (Independent Scholars & Alternative Careers), MLA, 2004-2006
Vice President, National Coalition of Independent Scholars, 2004
Co-Director for Junior Olympic Fencing Trials, Tennessee USFA Nov 13, 2004
Secretary, English-Speaking Union, Nashville Chapter, 2003-2004
Chair, Nashville Citywide Israeli Independence Day Celebration, 2002
Executive Board, Peoples' Branch Theatre (Nashville), 2001-2004
Executive Board, National Coalition of Independent Scholars, 2001-2005
Educational Committee, Jewish Federation of Nashville, 1998-2004
Chair, Tennessee Division of the United States Fencing Association, 1998-2001
Chair, Nominating Committee for Sixteenth Century Studies Executive Board, 1997-98
Consultant, Nashville Institute of the Arts, Nashville, TN, 1989-92

Reader, for books: Palgrave-Macmillan, HarperCollins, Duquesne UP, Vanderbilt UP, Lehigh UP, Edwin Mellen
Reader, for articles: Huntington Library Quarterly, Early Modern Cultural Studies, Modern Philology,
         Journal of the International Boethius Society, Early Modern Literary Studies, Emblematica

Short Term Visiting Scholar, The Huntington Library, Easter 2021
awarded Research Fellow, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Advent 2020
Faculty Research Award, The University of the South, Easter 2017
Delegate for Teacher Exchange Program, Hadera, Israel, Winter Recess 2008
Nominated Teacher of the Year, The University of the South, 2007
Red Ribbon Society (University of the South), inducted Advent Term 2006
Phi Sigma Tau, Philosophy Honor Society (University of the South), Easter 2005
Israeli Teachers' Union, Tel Aviv/Jerusalem (Traveling/Research Fellow), May 2000
US Olympic Coaches College, Colorado Springs, CO (Level One Foil), August 1999
Leonard Bernstein Center for Education Through the Arts (Fellow), 1997-99
NEH Council for Basic Education; Humanities Seminar (Team Leader), Summer 1998
NEH Folger Shakespeare Institute seminars; Washington, D.C., Fall 1994 and 1995
Ernest A. Jones Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, Vanderbilt University, 1992
Newberry Library, Chicago, IL (Short Term Consortium Research Fellow), 1989-96
Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, TN (Resident Fellow), 1989-90
William R. Hearst Fellow at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, Summers 1988-89
Exxon Fellow for Advanced Study (Huntington Library), Spring Term 1987
Phi Beta Kappa (Trinity College, Hartford; Beta of Connecticut) 1980
President's Fellow, Department of Education, Trinity College, 1979 and 1980

(a) international

"Shakespearean backstories,” Société Française Shakespeare, Paris, FR 11 Jan 2020
Marx's literary annotations in Capital," Connotations, Tübingen, DE, 29 July 2019
"The Early Modern Death Arts," University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, May 20, 2019
“Erasmus and Rhetorical Commonplaces," RSA, Toronto, CA, 17-19 March 2019

"Poe reads Montaigne,” 3rd International Poe Conference, Kyoto, JP, June 21, 2018
"Protestant Memory Arts," 8th RefoRC Conference, University of Warsaw, PL May 24, 2018

"Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book," Reformation Conf, Univ of Ottawa, ON, CA, Oct 6, 2017
"The Canterbury Tales as a Danse Macabre, Carleton Univ (Ottawa), ON, CA, Oct 6,2017

"Remnants of Time, Alciato to Holbein," International Emblem Society, Nancy, FR, July 6, 2017
"Number, Pattern, and Meaning in Chaucer's 'Monk's Tale,'" SCSC, Bruges, BE, Aug 19, 2016
"Migrating Figures of the Wandering Jew," MLA International, Dusseldorf, DE, June 24,2016
"When Memory out-muses the Muses: Mirror for Magistrates," SCSC, Vancouver, CA, Oct 24, 2015
"Spenser's Places of Memory," 5th International Spenser Conference, Dublin, IE June 19, 2015
"Images in 
The Memory Arts in Renaissance England, RSA, Berlin, Germany, March 27, 2015
"Poe and ˜the grandeur of old Rome,' Conversazioni in Italia, Florence, Italy, June 9, 2012
"Locative Memory in The Winter's Tale,"
Société Française Shakespeare, Paris, Mar 23, 2012
"Imagining Memory Machines: Platt & Willis," Sixteenth Century Studies, Montreal, Oct 15, 2010
"Renaissance Commodification of Information," Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany, Jan 16, 2010
"Classroom Mnemonics," Academy for Creative Teaching, Munich, Germany, Jan 5, 2008
"The Aesthetic of Chiasmus" Philosophy and Literature, Helsinki, Finland, May 30, 2005
"Sites and Sounds of Arcadia" Symposium on Iconicity, Krakow, Poland, March 17, 2005
"Bonds of Service," seminar paper, Shakespeare Association, Victoria, BC, April 12, 2003
"Handling Memory as Merchandise," University of Calgary, Alberta, April 3, 2003
"Faust" in Noelle Lawson's translation of Goethe, Univ of Calgary, Alberta, April 2, 2003
"The Performance of Memory," Staff Seminar, Univ of Auckland, NZ, March 20, 2003
"Hidden Design in Sidney's Arcadia," 314 Lecture, Univ of Auckland, NZ, March 19, 2003
"Mapping Legacies of Learning," WACRA, Mannheim, Germany, June 30, 2002
"Teaching the Holocaust," Academy for Creative Teaching, Vienna, Austria, Jan 2002
"Ralegh's cunning terminus," Thomas Harriot Society, Univ of Durham, UK, Dec 17, 2000
"The Way of the Sword," WACRA, Lucerne, CH, Jan 6, 2000
"Alexander Ross & Oswald Spengler," Seventeenth-Century, Durham, UK, July 26, 1999
"Can Ethics Be Taught," Academy for Creative Teaching, Lucerne, CH, January 6, 1999
"The Breath of Death," Sixteenth Century Conference, Toronto, ON, Oct 25, 1998
"Space of Translation," Society for Literary Studies, Johannesburg, RSA June 4, 1998
"Implementing Classroom Mnemonics," WACRA, Lucerne, Jan 10, 1998
"Sampling the Silent in the Renaissance," MLA, Toronto, Dec 28, 1997
"Applied Mnemonics," Innovations in Higher Education, Vancouver, BC, Nov 5, 1996
"Mnemonics that Work," Humanist Curricula, Concordia Univ, Montreal, Feb 22, 1996
"Robert Dudley & Emblems," International Emblem, Glasgow Univ, UK, Aug 14, 1990
"Alexander Ross," European National Traditions, Glasgow Univ, UK, Aug 10, 1990
"Death at the Margins," Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, ON April 6, 1990
"Cataloging a Collection," Emblem Conference, Univ of Strathclyde, UK, Aug 13, 1987
"Living with Death," Seventeenth Century Studies, Univ of Durham, UK, July 7, 1987
"Political Portraiture in Stuart England," National Portrait Gallery, UK, April 1983
"Floral Iconography," The Warburg Institute, London, UK, March 23, 1983 

(b) national
“Introducing 'the Death Arts,'” Shakespeare Association of America (remote), April 2020
“The Tug of Memory" invited paper, Shakespeare Association of America, DC, April 18, 2019
“The Sixteenth-Century Death Arts,” Sixteenth Cen Studies Conference, St. Louis, 19 Oct 2019
Erasmus, Camden, and the mnemonic art of the rebus," MLA, Chicago, Jan 3, 2019
"Dugdale and the Place of History in England’s Memory Arts," SCSC, Albuquerque, Nov 3, 2018
"The Dance of Death and the Mirror of Allegory,” RSA, New Orleans, March 22, 2018
“’Master Printer of the English Reformation’: John Day,” SCSC, Milwaukee, WI, Oct 28, 2017

"Applied Mnemonics," English Renaissance Colloquium, Harvard, Cambridge, April 19, 2017
"Renaissance Variations on The Death's Head," RSA, Chicago, March 30, 2017
"Early Modern Memory," Hudson Strode Center, Univ of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Mar 22, 2017

"Mnemosyne's Legacy," Group for Pre-Modern Cultural Studies, Vanderbilt Univ, Feb 24, 2017
"Cultural History of Memory," Nora Falkenflik Lecture, the Univ of California, Irvine, Jan 25, 2017
"Poe's holograph annotations," The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, Jan 22, 2017
"Ovidean Echoes in Late Shakespearean," University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dec 7, 2016
"Anthologizing Early Modern Memory, Newberry Library Colloquium, Chicago, IL, Nov 30, 2016

"Images and the Renaissance Memory Arts," Huntington Library, San Marino, Sept 22, 2016
"Performative mnemonics: Herbert's Incarnational Poetics, RSA, Boston, Apr 1, 2016
"'Domain of Arnheim' Decoded," 4th E. A.Poe Conference, New York, Feb 28, 2015
"The Book Trade and Early Modern Studies," SAMLA, Buckhead-Atlanta, GA, Nov 8, 2014

"Visual Exegesis," Mellon Foundation Sawyer Lecture, Emory Univ, Atlanta, Mar 31, 2014
"Slips of Thought in Alciato and Holbein," Sixteenth Cen Studies, San Juan, Oct 24, 2013
"Jaunty dialogs with the non-human," Positively Poe, Charlottesville, VA, June 25, 2013
"Renaissance Drama and Applied Emblematics," RSA, San Diego, CA, April 6, 2013
"Blazing through the Gothic: ˜Metzengerstein,' Poe panel at MLA, Boston, Jan 4, 2013
"Circulation of Mnemic Energy on Stage," Sixteenth Cen Studies, Cincinnati, Oct 25, 2012
"Quarles's Emblemes & Poe's 'Eldorado,'" American Lit Assoc, San Francisco, May 25, 2012
"Milton in Melville's Moby Dick," Conf on John Milton, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN Oct 14, 2011
"Jupiter's dialect in 'The Gold Bug," American Literature Association, Boston, May 28, 2011

"Melville's Miltonic notion of Providence," American Lit Assoc, San Francisco May 27, 2010
"Chaucer's Garrulous Crow," 45th Congress on Med Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13, 2010
"Adventures in Chiasmus," Arizona Center for Med & Ren Studies, Tempe, Feb 16, 2010
"Milton's Anglo-Saxon," Conference on John Milton, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN Oct 15, 2009
"Poe's Debt to Baroque Aesthetics," Poe Bicentennial, Philadelphia, PA, Oct 8, 2009
"The Stuff of Allegory in Chaucer," RSA, Los Angeles, CA, Mar 20, 2009
"Lovers' Time in Chaucer," Medieval/Renaissance Colloquium, NYC, Dec 6, 2008
"Death's Dance, Lydgate to Holbein," Sixteenth Century Studies, St. Louis, Oct 25, 2008
"Chaucer's debt to Boethius, 43rd Medieval Colloquium, Kalamazoo, MI, May 8, 2008
"Alciato and Cassirer," 42st Medieval Colloquium, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10, 2007
"Milton's use of Anglo-Saxon in the epics," RSA, Miami, FL, March 22, 2007
"Dramatic Symmetry in Pericles," RSA, San Francisco, CA, Mar 23, 2006
"Philip Roth's Historical Turn," American Lit panel at MLA, Washington, DC, Dec 27, 2005
"Memory's Return," National Coalition of Independent Scholars," NYC, Oct 16, 2004
"Shakespeare's Use of Diana," Renaissance Society of America, NYC, April 2004
"Spenser's 'Goodly Cabinet,'" Spenser Panel at MLA, San Diego, CA Dec 27, 2003
"Teaching Marginality" Holocaust Conference, Middle Tenn State Univ Nov 21, 2003
"Performativity," Early Modern Cultural Studies, Newport Beach, CA, Oct 25, 2003
"The Legacy of Louis Martz," South Central RSA, New Orleans, March 6, 2003
"Theurgic Elements," Medieval Drama panel at MLA, New York, Dec 29, 2002
"David in Protestant Poetics," Medieval/Renaissance Colloquium, NYC, Dec 6, 2002
"Gibberish and Forgetting," Early Modern Cultural Studies, Tampa, FL, Nov 20, 2002
"Education & Anarchy," Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN, Oct 11-13, 2002
"Poe's Poetic Puzzles," International Poe Society, Baltimore, MD, October 5, 2002
"Rhetorical Mnemonics," Renaissance Society of America, Tempe, AZ, April 11, 2002
"Kinetic Emblems," Conference on Literature, The Citadel, Charleston, SC, Feb 7, 2002
"The Voice of the Voyageur," Early Modern Studies, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 18, 2001
"Performing Death," Medieval/Renaissance Colloquium, NYC, Dec 2, 2000
"Exemplars," National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Durham, NC, Oct 27, 2000
"Teaching Mercator'" Early Modern Studies, Vanderbilt Univ, Nashville, TN, Jan 7, 2000
"Pallida Mors," Early Modern Studies, Vanderbilt Univ, Nashville, TN, Nov 29, 1999
"Pragmatic Aesthetics," Philosophy of Education, Loyola Univ, Chicago, IL Nov, 6, 1999
"The Emblem in Descartes," Philosophy and Literature, Hartford, CT, May 12, 1999
"Teaching Masterworks," Association for Core Texts, New Orleans, LA, April, 8, 1999
"Letting Learning Happen," Innovations in Education, Costa Mesa, CA, Nov 4, 1998
"Let No One Serve Another," NCIS, St. Paul Historical Society, MN Oct, 3, 1998
"Aesthetic Core of Teaching," Philosophy of Education, Chicago, Nov 15, 1997
"Aesthetic Issues," The Renaissance Center, Univ of Mass at Amherst, Nov 12, 1997
"Speaking through Job," Sixteenth Century Conference, Atlanta, Oct 24,1997
"Moriskors," Shakespeare Association, Washington, DC., March 29, 1997
"Digesting History" South Central Renaissance Conf, Austin, TX, March 21, 1997
"Slips of Thought," Early Modern Studies, Vanderbilt Univ, Nashville, TN, Feb 17, 1997
"Preparing to Travel," Italian 17th century panel MLA, Washington, DC, Dec 27, 1996
"Living with Symbols," Harvard Philosophy of Education, Cambridge, MA, Nov 18, 1996
"Mnemonic Itineraries," Sixteenth Century Studies, St. Louis, MO, October 25, 1996
"Moors in the Morris Dance?" Southwest Renaissance, San Marino, CA May 11, 1996
"Manual Mnemonics," RSA, Bloomington, IN, March, 23, 1996
"Blackamoors," Sixteenth Century Studies, San Francisco, CA, October 25, 1995
"Reforming Oneself," Cultural Emblematics, Minneapolis, MN, April 27, 1995
"Rhetorically Charmed Space," seminar, Shakespeare Association, March 25, 1995
"Monstrous Prodigies," Comparative Literature Association, Atlanta, March 17, 1995
"Melancholy Memory Theatres," NEH-Folger seminar, Washington, DC, Nov 10, 1994
"Figuring Opposition: Mors & Moors," RSA, Dallas, TX, April 22, 1994
"Touring Mnemonic Tableaux," Sixteenth Century Studies, St. Louis, Dec 9, 1993
"Early modern printing," Southwest Renaissance Conf, San Marino, CA, May 9, 1993
"Mnemonics in Renaissance Literature," Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, May 1, 1993
"Masculine Parturition," Renaissance Society of America, Kansas City, MO, April 12, 1993
"Imagining Places," Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, Dec 16, 1992
"Reading the World from the Margins," Barnard Medieval Conference, NYC, Dec 8, 1992
"Bacchus's Place," Montaigne Colloquium, Univ of Mass at Amherst, MA, Oct 16, 1992
"The Ars Memorativa," International Emblem Conference, Chattanooga, TN, May 1, 1992
"Discourses of Knowledge," Southwest Renaissance, San Marino, CA, May 8, 1992
"Montaigne's Body, Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY, April 25, 1992
"Digesting Montaigne's Life," Sixteenth Century Studies, Philadelphia, PA, Oct 19, 1991
"Rabelais in Renaissance England," Rabelais Symposium, Nashville, TN, Sept 19, 1991
"Foreign Bodies in Montaigne's Essais," South Atlantic MLA, Tampa, FL, Nov 15, 1990
"Tria Sunt Omnia,'" Sixteenth Century Studies, St. Louis, MO, Oct 30, 1990
"Checking Difference and Death," Southwest Renaissance, San Marino, CA, May 11, 1990
"The Body in Memory Theatres," Philosophy and Literature, UC Irvine, CA, April 22, 1990
"Dumb-Shows & Emblems," Shakespeare Association of America, April 13, 1990
"Milton's 'Other Shape,'" South Atlantic MLA, Atlanta, GA, November 9, 1989
"Patrons of Emblems," Sixteenth Century Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Oct 16, 1989
"Laws of Heraldry," Medieval Colloquium, Univ of the South, Sewanee, TN, April 14, 1989
"Portraying Death," Southwest Renaissance Conference, San Marino, CA, April 6, 1989
"Mnemonic Criticism," Renaissance Aesthetics panel at MLA, New Orleans, LA, Dec 29, 1988
"The Politics of Virtue," French Enlightenment panel at MLA, New Orleans, LA, Dec 30, 1988
"Burton's Portrait," English Renaissance Prose, Purdue, West Lafayette, IN, Oct 15, 1988
"Montaigne's Scene of Writing," Montaigne, Univ of Mass, Amherst, MA October 9, 1988
"The Drama of Emblems," Southwest Renaissance, San Marino, CA, April 16, 1988
"Persistence of Heraldry," Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conf, Eugene, OR, April 9, 1988
"Internal City-Planning: Applying Mnemonics," RSA, New York, NY, March 17, 1988
"Dances of Death," Sixteenth Century Studies, Univ of Arizona, Tempe, AZ, Oct 31, 1987
"The Recreation of Burton," Southwest Renaissance Conf, San Marino, CA, May 2, 1987
"The Decorum of late-Medieval Hieroglyphics," RSA, Tempe, AZ, March 13, 1987
"Ruined Structures," Southwest Renaissance Conference, San Marino, CA, April 5, 1986

"The Shakespearean Death Arts," Shakespeare Association of America (remote), April 2020
"Memory and Mortality" Interdisciplinary Symposium, Warburg Institute, London, UK, May 19, 2019
“Emblems 1: Points of Contention and Dialogic Relations," RSA, Toronto, March 18, 2019
“Emblems 2. Emblems and Cognition in Early Modern England,” RSA, Toronto, March 18, 2019
“Memory and History: Mirror for Magistrates to Thomas Fuller,” SCSC, Albuquerque, Nov 3, 2019
“The OUP Handbook to Poe: Aims and Strategies,” Poe Conference, Kyoto, Japan, June 23, 2018
“Emblematic Resolutions,” RSA, New Orleans, LA, March 23, 2018
“The Poetics of Memory in Sidney & Spenser,” RSA, New Orleans, LA, March 23, 2018
“Ritual & Memory in Drama, Drama & Memory in Ritual,” RSA, NOLA, March 23, 2018
“Visuality and Baroque Emblematics,” RSA, New Orleans, LA, March 23, 2018
"The Development of a Protestant Memory Art," SCSC, Milwaukee, Oct 28, 2017
"Printers and Paratext in Early Modern England," SCSC, Milwaukee, Oct 29, 2018 

"Emblem and the Continent," RSA, Chicago, March 30, 2017
"Emblem and England," RSA, Chicago, March 30, 2017
"The Blazon: Affect, Image, Text," RSA, Chicago, March 30, 2017
"Borders/Boundaries," Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, March 10, 2017
"Numbers, Numerology, and Literary Design," SCSC, Bruges, BE, Aug 19, 2016
"Rhetoric & Writing on the Early Modern Stage," SCSC, Bruges, BE, Aug 20, 2016
"Translating the Classics,"MLA International, Dusseldorf, DE, June 25, 2016

"Poe & Blackness," PSA Panel, American Literature Assoc, San Francisco, May 19, 2016
"Emblematic Negotiations," Emblem Panel, RSA, Boston,  April 1, 2016
Roundtable Discussion on publishing a first book, RSA, Boston, March 30, 2016

"Rhetoric and Image in Renaissance England," RSA, April 1, 2016
"Rhetoric, Poetics, & Early Modern Memory," Sixteenth Century Studies, Vancouver, Oct 25, 2015
"Poetics and Literary Form in Early Modern England," SCSC, Vancouver, Oct 26, 2015

"The Sublime & the Grotesque," Poe Society session at American Literature Assoc, Boston, 2015
"Common Sense, Romance & the Postmodern," 4th Intrnl. Poe Conference, NYC, Feb 27, 2015

"Renaissance Studies of Memory: European Perspectives, RSA, Berlin, March 28 2015
"Lyric Eruptions," Poe Society session at American Literature Association, D.C., May 24, 2014
Roundtable: "Memory and Emotion," Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, April 5, 2014
"Natures of Emotion," Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, April 4, 2014
"Poetics, Imaginations, & Criticism in the English 17th century, SCSC, San Juan, Oct 25, 2013
"Poe and Ethics," Positively Poe Conference, Univ of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, June 26, 2013
"Renaissance Arts of Memory: Textuality and Transformation," RSA, San Diego, April 6, 2013
"Shakespeare, Bacon, & the Culture of Renaissance England," SCSC, Cincinnati, Oct 26, 2012
"Forms of Elizabethan Drama," Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Montreal, Oct 16, 2010
"Philosophical Poe," Third International Poe Society Meeting, Philadelphia, Oct 9, 2009
"Milton's and Ideology," Milton Conference, MTSU, Oct 16, 2009
"Collaborative Learning," Academy for Creative Teaching, Munich, DE, Jan 6, 2008
"Renaissance Italy in the 21st Century," RSA, New York, NY, March 2004
"Performativity," Early Modern Cultural Studies, Newport Beach, CA, Oct 25, 2003
"Sites of Forgetting," Early Modern Cultural Studies, Tampa, FL, Nov 20, 2002
"Realms of Rhetoric," Renaissance Society of America, Tempe, AZ, April 13, 2002
"Cartography Differently," Early Modern Cultural Studies, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 18, 2001
"Perceptions of the World," Sixteenth Century Studies, Toronto, ON, Oct 24, 1997
"Secular Sententiae," Sixteenth Century Studies, Atlanta, GA, October 24, 1997
"Memory and Method," Sixteenth Century Studies, St. Louis, MO, Oct 26, 1996
"Montaigne & Women," Sixteenth Century Studies, St. Louis, MO, Oct 25, 1996
"Montaigne's Religion," Sixteenth Century Studies, St. Louis, MO, Oct 24, 1996
"Self-Exposure," Southwest Renaissance Conference, San Marino, CA, May 10, 1996
"Poetic Openings," Philosophy Conference, Vanderbilt Univ, Nashville, TN, Jan 27, 1996
"Cultural Reflection," Sixteenth Century Studies, San Francisco, CA, Oct 25, 1995
"Remembering France," Renaissance Conference, San Marino, CA, May 11, 1994
"Dialogue & Dialogism," Philosophy & Literature, Emory Univ, Atlanta, GA May 6, 1989

The Chosen, Nashville Jewish Film Festival, Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN Nov 10, 2013

Hamlet, Statewide Teacher Seminar, Alabama Shakespeare, Montgomery, AL  Jan 29, 2010
Docent Training, Nashville Holocaust Memorial, Jewish Community Center, Fall 2007

"Mapping Learning," Samford Education Symposium, Birmingham, AL Oct 14-16, 2002
"Teaching the Holocaust," Tennessee Holocaust Commission, TN-statewide, 2001
"Leading With Character" Quorum HealthCare, Aug 2000 / Feb 2001/ Sept 2001
"Creating a Culture," The Westminster School, Nashville, TN, Aug 16, 2000
"Transdisciplinary Teaching," The Akiva School, Nashville TN, Aug 14, 2000
"Fencing as a Metaphor," Honors Program, Univ of AL, Birmingham, Feb 4, 2000
"Grading and Its Metaphors," University of Alabama, Birmingham, Feb 3, 2000
"Patterns of Leadership," Quorum Learning Institute, Brentwood, TN, Aug 10, 2000
"Artful Learning," NY Assoc of Independent Schools, New York City, April 19, 1999
"5th Grade Composition," Wharton Magnet School, Nashville, TN, Dec 9, 1998
"The Verbs We Use in Art," Tennessee Arts Academy, Belmont, June 22-24, 1998
"If I Had a Hammer," Curriculum Reform, Glencliff School, Nashville, TN, June 1998
"Woodland Indians," lecture-tour, Tennessee State Museum , Nashville, May 1998
"Faculty on Faith," panel discussion, Baptist Student Union, Vanderbilt, Feb 13, 1997
"Are you Being Educated?" Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Nov 14, 1996
"Symbols we live with," museum tour, Atlanta GA and Nashville, TN, Sept 1996
"Thinking about Education," Alumni Series, Indian Springs School, AL, April 25, 1996,
"What do exams accomplish?" Indian Springs School, Helena, AL, April 1996
"Self-governing bodies?" Indian Springs School, Helena, AL, April 1996
"Adventures in Listening to Poetry," Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL, Jan 1995
"Gates of Memory," Dean's Forum, Birmingham Southern College, AL, March 6, 1991
"Emblems in Daily Life," McGavock High School, TN, Winter, 1989

LOCAL INVITED PUBLIC LECTURES (mainly on topics in religious culture):
"The Wandering Jew, medieval legend and modern reality," WES, Feb 4, 2011
"Full lives, empty monuments: The Jews of Berlin," WES, Feb 19, 2010
"Life on the ground in Hadera, Israel," special program, WES, Winter 2009
"Elie Wiesel and the Holocaust," Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville, Apr 17, 2008
"Playing Shylock after the Holocaust," Belmont Univ, Troutt Theater, Nashville, Oct 18, 2007
"Shabbat Through the Ages," West End Synagogue, Jan 20, 2007
"The Truth Behind Jewish Stereotypes, West End Synagogue, Nov 17, 2006
"People of the Book," Library Dedication, Temple Emanuel, Birmingham, AL, Sept 8, 2006
"The Nature of Repentance," WES, Sept 5, 2006
"Jews of Krakow; Jews of Helsinki," WES, Oct 13, 2005
"Philip Roth's The Plot Against America," WES, Feb 5, 2005
"The Faces of Anti-Semitism, then and now," GJCC, two lectures, Nov 2004
"Compassion and Kabbalah," WES, Oct 6, 2003
"Phineas's Legacy," WES, July 17, 2003
"Recognizing The Jew: The Survival of Medieval Superstitions," GJCC, Spring 2003
"Fencing through the Ages," Boy Scouts Program, Spring 2003
"Hitler's Vienna," WES, Men's Club, November 2003
"Making Sense of Constantine's Sword," GJCC Book Fair, Spring 2002
"Eight Centuries of Anti-Semitism in Vienna," GJCC, Nashville, April 18, 2002
"Comfort after the Temple's Destruction?," WES, Summer 2002
"Music Under the Third Reich," GJCC Book Fair, Fall 2002
"Grant's Anti-Semitism: General Order #11," GJCC, March 2001
"Maimonides and the Ten Commandments," WES, Jan 30, 2000
Robert Burns of Immortal Memory," Middle Tennessee Scottish Society, Jan 27, 2000
"Pro-Slavery Jewish Soldiers During the Civil War?" WES, March 21, 1999
Annual Robert E. Lee Address, Order of Kappa Alpha, Vanderbilt, Feb 4, 1995

"Coffee with the Coach: Fencing," a Sewanee community forum, Dec 2, 2019
Flash Presentation on Recent Research, Social Lodge, Easter Term 2019
Welcome address, Sewanee Scholars Weekend, Guerry Auditorium, March 7, 2019

“Memory and History in Early Modern England,” Gailor Auditorium, April 18, 2018
Welcome address, Sewanee Scholars Weekend, Guerry Auditorium, March 6, 2018
“Martin Luther and Reformation Print Culture,” Convocation Hall, Nov 15, 2017
Placing the Displaced: The Wandering Jew," Conference on Place, April 8, 2017
Welcome address, Sewanee Scholars Weekend, Guerry Auditorium, March 5, 2017
"Research Report: Renaissance Memory," Dean's Forum, Center for Teaching, March 3, 2017
Guest Speaker, Class of '16 Senior Banquet, Cravens Hall, Sewanee, April 18, 2016
"Corporeal Imaginary & Renaissance Memory Machines," Body Conference, April 15, 2016

"Considering Spiritual Health," Panel sponsored by the Wellness Center, Oct 5, 2015
"Using the Caper Star," Teach & Tell, Center for Teaching, Oct 28, 2014

"'Going Deeper': Neil Shea & Literary Journalism," Sewanee Young Writers, July 7, 2014
"Genocide & Remembrance," Yom ha'Shoah Program, Convocation Hall, April 28, 2014
"The Covenant at Mt. Sinai," Catechumenate, All Saints' Chapel, Oct 2, 2013
"Saved by Water?," Growing in Grace, All Saints' Chapel, February 26, 2012
Porch Chat, dormitory open discussion, Humphrey's Hall, April 10, 2011
"Lewis as a Literary Critic," C. S. Lewis Symposium, Guerry Auditorium, March 26, 2011
"Classical mnemonics in the classroom," Sewanee Emeritus Assoc, Feb 9, 2011
panel on "Midterm Grades," Freshman Program, Bishops' Commons, Oct 26, 2010
Organized Milton's 400th birthday observance, All Saints' Chapel, Dec 9, 2008
"Background to Pilgrimage Festivals," Intro to Hebrew, Nov 19. 2008
"Media/Women/Violence," Pinnacle Luncheon, Nov 18, 2008
Introduced Michael J. B. Allen, Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, April 7, 2008
Class of '08 "Roast & Toast," Upper Cravens, Feb 28, 2008
Panel Speaker, Women's Studies Conference, Feb 11, 2008
Introduced Marjorie Garber, Haines Lecture, Nov 15, 2007
Remarks to the Class of 2008, Sewanee Inn, Sept 20, 2007

University Faculty Council, 2018-present
steering committee, Rhetoric Program, 2018-present
steering committee, Humanities Program, 2014-present
Vice Chancellor's Capital Campaign Cabinet, 2014-2019

coordinator, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Lecturer, Univ of the South, 2017-18
co-chair of QEP task force, Speaking Across the Curriculum, Easter 2014-2016
task force, Reconsidering Academic Calendar, Easter 2014-Easter 2015

Ad Hoc Committee on Overseas Study & Financial Aid, Easter 2014
Faculty Advisor, Order of The Gown, 2012-present
search committee for Italian Department, 2012-13
Ad Hoc Committee on Overseas Study & Financial Aid, Advent 2011
Instructor & Coach, Sewanee Fencing, Advent 2011-present
Curriculum Review Committee, Sewanee, Advent 2011-Advent 2012
College Standards Committee, Sewanee, Advent 2010-present

Faculty Supervisor, Society Of Sewanee Scholars, 2010-2015
Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, Conference Committee, 2008-present
core committee, Rhodes and Marshall viability program, 2008-present
Interviewer, for the Living Learning Communities Coordinator, Advent 2008
Faculty Advisor, Tau Delta chapter of DKE, Sewanee, Advent 2008
University Lectures Committee, Sewanee, Advent 2008-2015
Chair, Nominating Committee, Phi Beta Kappa (Beta of Tennessee), 2008
Coordinator, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Lecturer, Univ of the South, 2007-08
Freshman Advisor, English Department, Univ of the South, 2007-present
Library Liaison for English Department, Univ of the South 2004-present

Vanderbilt's Representative at the Newberry Library Consortium 1994-96
Coordinator of Vanderbilt's Early Modern Studies Group 1994-96
Senator, College of Arts and Science, Vanderbilt, 1994-96
University Lecture Committee; Student Affairs Committee 1994-96
Executive Committee, Phi Beta Kappa (Alpha of Tennessee) 1992-95
Membership Committee, Phi Beta Kappa (Alpha of Tennessee) 1991-92
judge at Graduate Student Research Day, Vanderbilt Univ, 1995
judge for campus-wide "Athenian Sing," Vanderbilt Univ, 1995
Executive Committee, Vanderbilt Libraries, 1992-95
Search Committee for Vanderbilt Libraries 1991-93
Honors Scholarship Candidates Program, Vanderbilt University, 1992-96

COURSES at The University of the South, Sewanee:
PHED 106 & 306 Beginning and Advanced Fencing, Easter 2020
ENGL 349 Renaissance Women Writers [NEW COURSE], Easter 2020
HUMN 105 Early Modern Texts and Contexts [NEW COURSE]. Easter 2020
ENGL 101 Intro to Literature and Composition, Easter 2020
PHED 106 & 306 Beginning and Advanced Fencing, Easter 2019
MDST 400 Medieval Lives and Afterlives [NEW COURSE], Easter 2019
ENGL 353 Renaissance Drama, Easter 2019
ENGL 211 Studies in Fiction (19th cen American), Easter 2019
PHED 106 & 306 Beginning and Advanced Fencing, Advent 2018
ENGL 357 Shakespeare I, Advent 2018

ENGL 401 Literary Criticism, Advent 2018
PHED 106 & 306 Beginning and Advanced Fencing, Easter 2018
ENGL 351 Medieval English Literature, Easter 2018
ENGL 358 Shakespeare II, Easter 201
HUMN 105 Early Modern World [NEW COURSE], Easter 2018
PHED 106 & 306 Beginning and Advanced Fencing, Advent 2017
ENGL 203 Roots of Western Literature, Advent 2017
ENGL 401 Literary Criticism, Advent 2017
PHED 106 & 306: Beginning & Advanced Fencing, Easter 2016
ENGL 101: Intro to Literature & Composition, Easter 2016
ENGL 203: Roots of Western Literature, Easter 2016
ENGL 351: Medieval English Literature, Easter 2016
PHED 106 & 306: Beginning & Advanced Fencing, Advent 2015
HUMN 207: WWI & Early Modern Memory [NEW COURSE], Advent 2015
ENGL 101: Intro to Literature & Composition, Advent 2015
PHED 106 & 306: Beginning & Advanced Fencing, Easter 2015
ENGL 101-G: Intro to Literature & Composition, Easter 2015
ENGL 359: Renaissance Drama, Easter 2015
ENGL 203: Roots of Western Literature, Easter 2015
PHED 106 & 306: Beginning & Advanced Fencing, Advent 2014
LITC 401: Literary Theory & Criticism, Advent 2014
HUMN 203: Manifestos, Movements, & Terrorism [NEW COURSE], Advent 2014
PHED 106 & 306: Beginning & Advanced Fencing, Easter 2014
ENGL 203: Roots of Western Literature, Easter 2014
ENGL 101-L: Literature & Composition, Easter 2014
PHED 106 & 306: Beginning & advanced Fencing, Advent 2013
LITC 401: Literary Criticism, Advent 2013
ENGL 352: Chaucer, Advent 2103
HUMN 201: Early Modern World, Advent 2013
PHED 106 & 306: Beginning & Advanced Fencing, Easter 2013
ENGL 203: Roots of Western Lit [NEW COURSE], Easter 2013
ENGL 351: Medieval English Literature, Easter 2013
ENGL 352: Chaucer, Easter 2013
HED 106 & 306: Beginning & Advanced Fencing, Advent 2012
ENGL 352: Chaucer, Advent 2012
ENGL 353: Renaissance Drama, Advent Term 2012
HUMN 201: Early Modern Atlantic World, Advent 2012

PHED 106 & 306: Beginning & Advanced Fencing, Easter 2012

ENGL 358: Shakespeare II, Easter 2012
ENGL 101: Literature and Composition, Easter 2012
HUMN  102: The Medieval World, Easter 2012

PHED 106 & 306 - Beginning & Advanced Fencing, Advent 2011

ENGL 352 - Chaucer, Advent 2011
ENGL 359 - Renaissance Poetry, Advent 2011
HUMN  201 - Early Modern Atlantic World, Advent 2011
ENGL 101 - Literature and Composition, Easter 2011
ENGL 211 - Studies in Fiction (19th century American), Easter 2011
ENGL 352 - Chaucer, Easter 2011
ENGL 101 - Literature and Composition, Advent 2010
ENGL 211 - Studies in Fiction (19th century American), Advent 2010
ENGL 353 - Renaissance Drama, Advent 2010
HUMN  102 - The Medieval World, Easter 2009
ENGL 352 - Chaucer, Easter 2009
ENGL 353 - Renaissance Drama, Easter 2009
ENGL 359 - Renaissance Literature I, Advent 2008 (after Fall Break)
ENGL 362 - Milton, Advent 2008
ENGL 101 - (two sections)  Literature and Composition, Advent 2008
ENGL 352 - Chaucer, Easter 2008
HUMN  102 - The Medieval World, Easter 2008
ENGL 381 - Modern British Poetry, Easter 2008
ENGL 101 - (two sections) Literature and Composition, Advent 2007
ENGL 362 - Milton, Advent 2007
ENGL 101 - Literature and Composition, Easter 2007
ENGL 352 - Chaucer, Easter 2007
HUMN 102 - The Medieval World, Easter 2007
ENGL 101 - (two sections) Literature and Composition, Advent 2006
ENGL 362 - Milton, Advent 2006
ENGL 101 - Literature and Composition, Easter 2006
ENGL 353 - Renaissance Drama, Easter 2006
HUMN  102 - The Medieval World, Easter 2006
ENGL 101 - (two sections) Literature and Composition, Advent 2005
ENGL 362 - Milton, Advent 2005
ENGL 101 - Literature and Composition, Easter 2005
ENGL 358 - Shakespeare, II, Easter 2005
HUMN  102 - The Medieval World, Easter 2005
ENGL 101 - (two sections) Literature and Composition, Advent 2004
ENGL 253 - Renaissance Drama, Advent 2004
ENGL 101 - (three sections) literature and Composition, Easter 2004

COURSES TAUGHT at Vanderbilt:
English 257 Seventeenth Century Prose [NEW COURSE], Spring 1996
English 115-W The Examined Life (Freshman Seminar), Spring 1996
English 150 Representative English Writers, Fall 1995
English 115-W Realizing Destiny (Freshman Seminar), Fall 1995
English 250 Renaissance Drama [NEW COURSE], Spring 1995
English 112-W Introduction to Poetry, Spring 1995
English 150 Representative English Writers, Fall 1994
English 115-W Life as Journey (Freshman Seminar), Fall 1994
English 248 Sixteenth Century, Spring 1994
English 105-W Drama [T.A. MENTOR SECTION], Spring 1994
English 112-W Introduction to Poetry, Fall 1993
English 150 Representative English Writers, Fall 1993
English 310 Constructing Shakespeare (Graduate Seminar), Spring 1993
English 248 Sixteenth Century, Spring 1993
English 355 Renaissance Topoi of Utopia (Graduate Seminar), Fall 1992
English 115-W Dragon Slaying (Freshman Seminar), Fall 1992
English/Latin [Proficiency Exam, Advanced Degree Candidates], Fall 1992
English 248 Sixteenth Century [HONORS SECTION] ,Spring 1992
English 112-W Introduction to Poetry, Spring 1992
English 355 Discourses of Knowledge (Graduate Seminar), Spring 1991
English 248 Sixteenth Century, Spring 1991
English 112-W Introduction to Poetry, Spring 1991
English 150 Representative English Writers, Fall 1990
English 115-W The Examined Life (Freshman Seminar), Fall 1990
English 248 Sixteenth Century, Spring 1990
English 105-W Drama: Forms and Techniques, Spring 1990
English 150 Representative English Writers, Fall 1989
Humanities 140-W Great Books: Homer to Cervantes, Fall 1989
English 248 Sixteenth Century, Spring 1989
English 112-W Introduction to Poetry [TWO SECTIONS], Spring 1989
English 150 Representative English Writers, Fall 1988
Humanities 150-W Survey of Western Tradition, Fall 1988

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES (Sewanee from 2005; Vanderbilt, 1989-96):

The World of Jane Austin, 1810-1814 (Emma Burdett), Easter, 2020
Seventeenth Century Mercantile Narratives and Economic History (John Crumly), Advent 2019
Byzantine Iconoclasm--MEDIEVAL STUDIES CAPTSTONE PROJECT (Ian Storey), Easter 2019
Mary Shelley's The Last Man--HONORS THESIS (Kaitlyn Alford), Easter 2019
Making Amends in Shakespeare's Comedies--HONORS THESIS (Virginia Rayder), Easter 2019
J.R.R. Tolkien as Medieval Scholar--HONORS THESIS (Lillian Hammen), Easter 2019
Literature of transatlantic commerce (Hunter Creech), Advent 2018
Teacher as Trickster, Trickster as Teacher (Sam Scott), Easter 2016
Classical & Renaissance Literary Theory (Curran Greenberg), Advent 2015
Media Studies in the Contemporary Age (Andrew Steuer), Advent 2015
Poe & 19th cen. Printing Practices (Dylan Greer), Easter Term 2015
Neoplatonism in Dante's Paradiso (Caroline Gwaltney), Advent 2014

The Book Review (Marshall Brewer), Advent 2014
Comparative Literary Aesthetics (Toby Hickson), Advent 2014

Epistemology of Dreams in Troilus--HONORS THESIS (Clara Wild), Easter 2014
Genealogy and History of Illustrated Novels (Toby Hickson), Easter 2014
Dark Romanticism (Peyton Looper), Advent 2013
Digital Humanities, National Geographic (Georgia Howard), Advent 2013
Liminality in Troilus & Creseyde--HONORS THESIS (Caroline Rogers), Easter 2013
Cultural Linguistics (Espree-Conaway), Easter 2013 [AWARDED WATSON FELLOWSHIP, '13]
Norse & Icelandic Sagas (Ellen Doster), Easter 2013
Satire & Comparative Literature (Toby Hickson), Easter 2013
Arthurian Characterology--CAPSTONE Medieval Studies (Jordan Sharpe), Easter 2013
Origins and Development of Gothic Literature (Milby), Advent 2012
Historical Linguistics and Germanic Philology (Abell, Hardin, Manseau), Easter 2012
Ethics/Levinas (Rutz), Easter 2012 [AWARDED WATSON TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP, '12]
Herrick and Literary Mirage--HONORS THESIS (Pleszczynski), Easter 2012
History, Drama, Epistemology (Aaron Rutz), Advent 2011
Fantasy & Medieval Literature (Jordan Sharpe), Advent 2011
Applied Dramaturgy: Euripides's Hecuba (Aaron Rutz), Easter 2011
Survey of Historical Linguistics (DeAndre Espree-Conaway), Easter 2011
Survey of Theatrical Forms (Aaron Rutz), Advent 2010
Paradise Lost and the Poetics of Interiority--HONORS THESIS (Kelly Morrison), Easter 2010
Mathematics in Arcadia--HONORS THESIS (Philly Williams), Easter 2009
Literary criticism: theory, sources, and samples (Haley Robison), Easter 2009
Byron's Childe Harold & Don Juan (Wilhelm and Stockdale), Easter 2009
Milton's Paradise Lost in context (Hanlan, Jasper, Jortner, Murray), Easter 2009
The Culture of the Illustrated Novel (Shaleem Cholera), Easter 2009
Epic similes in Dante and Milton (Leslie Matthews), Easter 2009
Heidegger's Lectures on Nietzsche (Martha Ivey), Easter 2008
The Fortunes of Dido--HONORS THESIS (Cameron Hodge), Easter 2008
Nietzsche's Aphoristic Style (Martha Ivey), Advent 2007
The Book Review (Cassie Gaul), Easter 2007
Dickens in Transition: 1831-34 (Emily Estes), Easter 2007
Faulkner and Greek Tragedy (Sanford Zeigler), Easter 2007
SpenserRoland, Nibelungenlied, Gesar (Murray, Crockett, Posson), Easter 2006
Introduction to Phonology and Philology (Joseph Brew), Advent 2005
Epic Traditions: Homer, Virgil, Beowulf (Murray, Battle, Crockett), Easter 2005

                                           * * * * *
After the Postmodern: Tracking Lyotard (Reynolds) Spring 1996
Reading Nietzsche's Zarathustra (Oles) Spring 1996
Readings in Aristotle, Galen, and Thomas Aquinas (Corso) Spring 1996
Politics of Kingship in Shakespeare (Randall) Fall 1995
Studies in the Northern European Novel, 1900-40 (DeSimone) Fall 1995
Latin antecedents to Renaissance English literature (Corso) Fall 1995
Women in Shakespeare (Rich) Fall 1995
Studies in the Postmodern Novel (Welborn) Fall 1995
Goethe and the Culture of Enlightenment (Neary) Summer 1995
Masques and Elizabeth of Bohemia [graduate] (Armstrong) Spring 1995
"Music/Literature/Society" Senior Project (O'Keffe) Spring 1995
Tracking Literary Descents into the Underworld (Spengler) Spring 1995
Contemporary Nature Writing (Coviello) Spring 1995
The Illustrated Novel and Contemporary Theory (Lightman) Spring 1995
The Bible as Literature (Martin, C.) Spring 1995
Oscar Wilde's Uses of Renaissance Allegory (Friedland) Spring 1995
Reading Montaigne's Essays (Phillips) Spring 1995
Reading Melville's Moby-Dick (Mayes) Spring 1995
Reading Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy (Lokey) Spring 1995
Situating Ginsberg's America Through Poetry (Morris) Spring 1995
Ginsberg's Longer Poems (Morris) Fall 1994
Renaissance Ballads and Broadsides [graduate] (Nystrom) Fall 1994
James Dickey's Collected Poems (Wilson, M.) Fall 1994
Representative English Writers [credit by exam] (Patterson) Fall 1994
Melville's Later Novels (Chung) Spring 1994
E. A. Poe's Poetry and Literary Criticism (Piccirilli) Spring 1994
Representative English Writers [credit by exam] (Moore, R.) Spring 1994
Character Sketches in the Renaissance (Purifoy) Spring 1994
Writing/Culture/Difference [senior project] (Eure) Spring 1994
Economics of Salvation, Part II: Melville to Mann (Grogan) Spring 1994
Economics of Salvation, Part I: Marlowe to Goethe (Grogan) Fall 1993
Non-Shakespearean Drama [graduate] (Stewart) Fall 1993
Metaphysical Poetry and Prose (Spann) Fall 1992
City Comedies and Revenge Plays (Wikswo) Fall 1992
Evolution of the Essay: Montaigne to Emerson (Parker) Spring 1992
Genealogy of Skepticism [graduate] (Moore) Spring 1992
Shakespeare's late-plays (Hagewood) Spring 1992
The "Modernisms" of Djuna Barnes and T.S. Eliot (Billingsley) Spring 1991
Milton and Renaissance Ideas of Cosmic Order (Crow) Fall 1990
Montaigne: the place of women (McGregor) Fall 1990
Spenser's Minor Poetry [graduate] (Brand) Spring 1990
Family & Identity in Jacobean Tragedy (Fleming) Spring 1990
Literature & Philosophy: Toward Postmodernism (Mullins) Spring 1990
Renaissance Popular Literature: Commonplaces (Holmes) Spring 1990
Renaissance Popular Literature: The Jest Book (Holmes) Fall 1989
Literature and Philosophy in the Early Modern Era (Mullins) Fall 1989
Bacon and Montaigne (Partridge) Spring 1989
Representative English Writers [credit by exam] (Fernandez) Spring 1989

Andrea Becksvoort, "Necrophiliac Hermeneutics: Culture/Fashion/Death," 1994-96

Gabriel Wicks, "'Death by Cotton': Telling Southern Family History," 1995-96
Mary Curry, "Representations of Venus in the Renaissance," 1993-94
Maurie Nicely, "Pamphlets and Promotional Tracts on the Virginia Colony," 1992-93
Chris Coleman, "Blake and Nietzsche: Prophecy and Alienation," 1992-93

Andrea Becksvoort, "Comparative Cultural Studies," Spring 1996
Matthew O'Keefe, "Music/Literature/Society," Fall 1995
Jack Douglas Eure, "Issues in Contemporary Studies," Spring 1994

Sara D. McCamish, "Speaking of Death: Law, Medicine, and the Dying Body," Aug 1994

Adriane Stewart, "Ontological Instability in Renaissance Drama," July 1996
Roger E. Moore, "Gnostic Yearnings and Annihilation in Marlowe's Plays," May 1995

Ph.D. THESIS COMMITTEES [Vanderbilt English Department, unless specified]:
Elaine Anderson Phillips, "Prefatory Fictions: Novel Prefaces," July 1996
Phil Phillips, "Invoking the Muse in Milton," July 1996
Brett Armstrong, "Reactions to King James's Book of Sports" [History], March 1996
Risa Nystrom, "Ballads in Shakespeare's Day," March 1996
Bob Richardson, "Architecture and the Crises of Mimesis" [Philosophy], Nov 1995
Jay Helt, "Purgatory, Policy, and Piety in 16th century Essex" [History], March 1995
Clinton Brand, "Marvell's Poetics," May 1995
Derah Meyers, "Mannerism and Shakespeare," April 1994
David Beliles, "Donne and Recent Criticism," Dec 1993
Liz Hart, "Metaphor and Shakespeare's English," Aug 1993
James Schiavoni, "Spenser and Augustine," Aug 1992
Stephen Knadler, "American Renaissance," Aug 1991
Elizabeth Oakes, "The Widow in Renaissance Drama," Aug 1990
Christopher Frongillo, "Power in Marlowe," Aug 1990
Kay Ackerman, "A Life of William Lilly" [History], March 1990
Lee Moore, "Transgression in Burroughs and Bataille," Dec 1989
Joyce McDonald, "Political Family in Shakespeare," Aug 1989
Sally Rodes Lee, "Canto Openings in Faerie Queene," April 1989

Dramaturge for Hamlet, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Dec 2009-Jan 2010
Patrons' Lecture, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, AL 2005-2007, 2009
Activities Coordinator, Camp Horseshoe, Rhinelander, WI, 2004-2011
Fight Choreographer, All's Well that Ends Well (Nashville Shakespeare), 2002
Fight Choreographer, Macbeth, Life is a Dream, Romeo (Montgomery Bell), 1999-2001
NSF Apprentice Company and ESU High School workshops, 2000-2004
Leonard Bernstein Center for Education Through the Arts workshops, 1997-1999
Wilderness and Survival Program, Camp Horseshoe, Minong, WI summers, 1976-82
Student-Teacher, Humanities; Hall High School, West Hartford, CT, Spring 1980

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL INSTRUCTION (West End Synagogue, Nashville):
"The MTV Challenge:" Torah and the Media (eighth grade), 2010- Spring 2011
"Weekly parsha" and "Shtetl Life" (seventh grade, tenth grade), 2010- Spring 2011

Ahrohn Applefeld's The Conversion (tenth grade), Oct 2009
"The Importance of One: a history of social action" (sixth grade), 2007-2009
"Prophets," "Shtetl Life," and "Holocaust" (high school), 2004-09
"Genesis" and "Portraying Jews in Film" (high school), 2003-04
"Modern Israeli Writers" and "Medieval Legends" (high school), 2002-03
"Holocaust Rescuers" (high school), 2001-02
"Literature & Jewish Identity" (high school), 2000-01
"Ethics" and "Holocaust" (high school), 1999-2000
"Holocaust" and "Shtetl" (middle school), Spring 1999
"Modern Hebrew Literature" (high school), Feb 1998
"Diaspora in Context" (adult), April 1997
"Jews in Literature" (adult), Feb 1996

Classical Poetic Theory (Plato, Aristotle, Hesiod, Horace, Cicero, Quintilian, Longinus, Augustine)
Bible, Apocrypha, and Saints' Lives (including main Medieval and Early Modern commentaries)
Western Epic (Homer, Virgil, Lucan, Statius, Beowulf, Dante, Roland, Ariosto, Spenser, Milton)
Classical History & Historiography (Xenophon, Plutarch, Pliny, Livy, Herodotus, Suetonius, Tacitus)
Medieval Philosophy (Boethius, Augustine, Anselm, Averroes, Avicenna, Maimonides, Aquinas)
Medieval Romance (Tristan, Parzifal, Volsunga saga, Niebelunglied, prose Edda, lays and lyrics)
Medieval English (drama cycles, Gower, Langland, Lydgate, Pearl, Gawain, Wynnere and Wastoure)
Chaucer (Troilus, Canterbury Tales, Good Women, Fame, Duchess, Fowles, Fame, Boece)
Humanist Educational Theory (Cicero, Seneca, Plutarch, Capella, Erasmus, Mulcaster, Ascham

Reformation (Erasmus, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Bellarmine, Tyndall, John Day, Foxe, Perkins) 
Tudor-Stuart Translations (Harington, Golding, Sandys, Florio, North, Holland, Lodge)
Tudor-Stuart Women Writers (Parr, Whitney, Mary Herbert, Wroth, Cavendish, Philips, Behn)
Sixteenth Century Poetry (Skelton, Barclay, Wyatt, Surrey, Sackville, Sidney, Spenser)

Renaissance Poetic Theory  (Dante, Boccaccio, Scaliger, Sidney, Peacham, Puttenham, Dryden)
Renaissance Prose (especially allegorical novels, natural history, moral essays, pastoral)
Renaissance Drama (Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson; pageants and masques)
City Comedies (Heywood, Dekker, Munday, Rowley, Beaumont and Fletcher)
Revenge Tragedies (Kyd, Marston, Chapman, Middleton, Tourneur, Webster, Ford)
Seventeenth Century Poetry (Donne, Herbert, Vaughan, Crashaw, Herrick, Lovelace)
Baroque and Encyclopedic Prose (Camden, Ralegh, Bacon, Burton, Browne, Walton)
European Literary Tradition (Petrarch, Rabelais, Montaigne, Cervantes, Goethe, Gogol)
The Enlightenment (Rousseau, Voltaire, Leibniz, Kant, Schiller, Locke, Hume, Smith)

Romantic Poetry (Thomson, Blake, Burns, Scott, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats)
American Literature (Irving, Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, Longfellow, Twain, Roth, Pynchon)
Modern World Literature (Joyce, Borges, Calvino, Pavic, Kundera, Yourcenar)
Continental Philosophy (Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Levinas, Lyotard)
Literature of the Abyss (Sade, Rimbaud, Lautreamont, Bataille, Blanchot, Burroughs, Gaiman)
Envisioning Materialist Historiography (Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx, Engels, Spengler, Warburg)
Ages of Revolution (Burke, Paine, Proudhon, Bakunin, Lenin, Trotsky; polemics of emancipation)
Modern British Poetry (Hardy, Hopkins, Yeats, Housman, Lawrence, Auden, Larkin)
Modern Drama (Chekhov, Shaw, Wilde, Brecht, Beckett, Stoppard, Pinter, Kushner)
Modern European Cinema (Vertov, Bunuel, Goddard, Herzog, Svebo, Tarr, Svankmajer)

Structuralism (de Saussure, Mauss, Levi-Strauss, Lacan, Jakobson, Barthes, Althusser, Foucault)
Holocaust Studies (Hitler, Wiesel, Levi, Frankl, Lyotard, Weistrich, Gilman, Hilberg, Elon)
Modern Hebrew Poetry (Tchernikhovsky, Shlonsky, Bialik, Amichai, Pagis, Ravikovith)
Modern Hebrew Prose (Amos Oz, Abraham B. Yehoshua, and Aharon Appelfeld)
Opera (Monteverdi, Mozart, Bellini, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, Floyd, Glass, Adams)
Histories of Natural Science (Alchemy, Astronomy, Cartography, Math, Physics)
Literature and the Arts (mnemonics, applied emblematics, song-cycles, jazz, gospel, r&b)
Pedagogical Theory and Practice (Vygotsky, Dewey, Freire, Giroux, Kozol, Mager, Kohn)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS (alphabetically listed):
American Association of University Professors; Early English Text Society;
Medieval Academy of America; Milton Society; Modern Language Association;

National Coalition of Independent Scholars; Renaissance English Text Society;
Renaissance Society of America; 
Poe Studies Association; Shakespeare Assoc of America;
Sixteenth Century Studies Society; Society of American Fight Directors; 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association; 
Spenser Society;
World Association of Case Method Research & Application; United States Fencing Association

Expert proficiency in Middle English (including East Midlands, Northwest Midlands, and Kentish);
Graduate level proficiency demonstrated in Latin, French, and Italian (and their Renaissance forms);
Working knowledge of Anglo-Saxon and, at one time and to some extent, Old Norse;
Functional familiarity with Lowland Scots and Anglo-Norman (Romance of Horn, Marie de France);
Basic German (refresher audible course 2019-20); some rudimentary Dutch;
Formal coursework in Hebrew (ancient and modern) and Russian (pre-Reform orthography)

​SafeSport Certification (USFA/TeamUSA) for certified athletic coaches, 2017-present
Universal Blood Donor, 10-gallon pin, 1984-1999
Basic First-Aid (refresher course required)
CPR for adults and children (refresher course required)
Sports Safety Instructor and ASEP certified coach, 1999
USFA Level One Foil coach, 1999
ranked nationally in foil, epee, and sabre, 1996-2001
EMI Climbing Wall certification, 2004
canoe trip leader class II-III rapids, Flambeau River, Wisconsin, 2004-11
on-site adventure-trip leader, Mackinac Island and Madeline Island, 2004-11