Current Research Projects

Historical Futures: Imagining Time in the Early Modern Chronicle Play

This project argues that plays construct speculative futures when they report narratives about the national past. Drawing on the methods of historical formalism and critical bibliography, this study reveals the metaphoric and material ways that chronicle plays participate in debates about temporality and politics in the early modern period. Under review at Oxford University Press.

Shakespeare in the Kitchen

This study asks what Shakespeare can tell us about early modern culinary recipes and what these recipes can tell us about Shakespeare through short chapters that include both analysis of his works and updated historical recipes ready for cooking. Focused readings of both recipes and Shakespeare’s poems and plays allows recipe instructions to illuminate the literary and the poetic to provide insight on the practical. Under contract with Routledge, “Spotlight on Shakespeare” series.

Seasonal Tastes: English Literary and Recipe Culture, 1550-1750

Reading poetry alongside how-to literature, this project explores England’s intertwined literary and recipe cultures to consider flavor, time, poetics, and climate in the early modern period. By taking poetic and practical discussions of the seasons as its central focus, this study intervenes in recent debates in literary studies, food studies, and the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies.