Early modern English literature and culture, Renaissance drama including Shakespeare, premodern history of sexuality and gender, textual editing, philology, history of authorship and collaboration



B.A., English, Denison University

A.M., Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania


Books & editions


  • “Philology’s Queer Children: Imitation, Authorship, and Shakespeare’s ‘Natural’ Language.” Colloquy: Shakespeare and Cervantes Then and Now.  Curated Roland Greene.  ARCADE: Literature, Humanities, & the World. Stanford University.  November 2018.

  • “Glossing and T*pping: Editing Sexuality, Race, and Gender in Othello.” The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race.  Ed. Valerie Traub.  Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 569-585.

  • “Bound for Germany: Heresy, sodomy, and a new copy of Marlowe’s Edward II.”  Commentary. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement, Dec. 21 & 28, 2012, pp. 17-19.

  • “More or Less Queer.” Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare. ed. Madhavi Menon. Duke University Press, 2010, pp. 309-18.

  • “Editing Boys: the Performance of Gender in Print.” Redefining British Theatre History: from Performance to Print. ed. Peter Holland and Stephen Orgel. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, pp. 113-34.

  • “Towards a Queer Address: the Taste of Letters and Early Modern Male Friendship.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 10:3 (2004): 367-84.  Special issue in memory of Alan Bray, ed. Jody Greene.

  • “Material Cavendish: Paper, Performance, ‘Sociable Virginity.'” MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly 65.1 (March 2004): 49-68. Special issue: “Feminism in Time,” ed. Margaret Ferguson and Marshall Brown.

  • “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works, Volume III: The Comedies. ed. Jean E. Howard and Richard Dutton. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003, pp. 266-288.

  • “Living Arrangements, Writing Arrangements (Looking for Francis Beaumont).” The Elizabethan Theatre XV: Papers given at the Fifteenth and Sixteenth International Conferences on Elizabethan Theatre. ed. A. Lynne Magnusson and C. Edward McGee. Toronto: P.D. Meany, 2002, pp. 39-64.

  • “Gee, Your Heir Smells Terrific: Response to ‘Shakespeare’s Perfume'” by Richard Halpern. Early Modern Culture: an electronic seminar 2 (2001).  [via Wayback Machine Internet Archive]

  • “More or Less: Editing the Collaborative.” Shakespeare Studies 29 (2001): 109-31.

  • “Ben Jonson’s Head.” Roundtable on “Material Cultures, ed. Peter Stallybrass. Shakespeare Studies 28 (2000): 160-168.

  • “The Interpretation of Dreams, c. 1610.” Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture. ed. Carla Mazzio and Douglas Trevor. Routledge, 2000, pp. 157-185.

  • “A Modern Perspective,” in William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Ed. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. The New Folger Library Shakespeare. New York: Washington Square Press, 1999, pp. 199-221.

  • “Introduction to Margaret Cavendish’s Plays (1662) and Plays Never Before Printed (1668).”  Women Writers Project, Brown University, 1999; republished on Women Writers in Context, Northeastern University, 2018.

  • “Pressing Subjects; Or, The Secret Lives of Shakespeare’s Compositors.” Language Machines: Technologies of Literary and Cultural Production. ed. Jeffrey Masten, Peter Stallybrass, and Nancy J. Vickers. Routledge, 1997, pp. 75-107.

  • “Playwrighting: Authorship and Collaboration.” A New History of Early English Drama. ed. John D. Cox and David Scott Kastan. Columbia University Press, 1997, pp. 357-382.

  • “Is the Fundament a Grave?” The Body in Parts: Fantasies of Corporeality in Early Modern Europe. ed. David Hillman and Carla Mazzio. Routledge, 1997, pp. 128-145.

  • “Textual Deviance: Ganymede’s Hand in As You Like It.” Field Work: Sites in Literary and Cultural Studies. ed. Marjorie Garber, Paul B. Franklin, and Rebecca Walkowitz. Routledge, 1996, pp. 153-163.

  • “Family Values: Euthanasia, Editing, and The Old Law.” Textual Practice 9.3 (1995): 445-458.

  • “My Two Dads: Collaboration and the Reproduction of Beaumont and Fletcher.” Queering the Renaissance. ed. Jonathan Goldberg. Duke University Press, 1994, pp. 280-309.

  • Beaumont and/or Fletcher: Collaboration and the Interpretation of Renaissance Drama.” English Literary History 59 (1992): 337-356.  Reprinted in:

    • Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal (special issue on “Intellectual Property and the Construction of Authorship”) 10.2 (1992): 625-645.

    • The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature. ed. Martha Woodmansee and Peter Jaszi. Duke University Press, 1994, pp. 361-381.

  • “‘Shall I turne blabb?’: Circulation, Gender, and Subjectivity in Wroth’s Sonnets.” Reading Mary Wroth: Representing Alternatives in Early Modern England. ed. Naomi J. Miller and Gary F. Waller. University of Tennessee Press, 1991, pp. 67-87. Reprinted in:

    • Early Women Writers 1600-1720. ed. Anita Pacheco. Longman Critical Readers Series. Addison Wesley Longman, 1997.

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