Formerly an assistant professor in English at Brooklyn College, I am currently being sponsored as a Visiting Scholar by the UC Berkeley English Department as I finish the editing of my book Worlds of Laughter (forthcoming with Columbia University Press). My languages of specialization are French, Italian, German, Latin, ancient Greek, and Old English. My areas of expertise are early modern drama, narrative, and poetry (especially Shakespeare); and humor studies (comic texts from the medieval period to the present). My approach to writing and teaching emphasizes comparative literature and history of ideas.
“Tales From the Cule: Dante, Rabelais, and Swift," a chapter of the book Comedy in Comparative Literature: Essays on Dante, Hoffmann, Nietzsche, Wharton, Borges, and Cabrera Infante,Edwin Mellen Press, 2010
Editorial review for article on seventeenth-century satire published in The Huntington Library Quarterly (2013), “‘Weele pay for that we take’: Regendering Consumption in the Publication History of [Samuel Rowlands’s] Tis Merry When Gossips Meete”
“Italian Captains and Shakespearean Farce,” paper presented at the annual conference of the Southwest/Texas American Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2010
“‘Privy Tokens’: Rabelais and Nashe’s Copious, Bodily Text,” paper presented at the annual conference for the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Long Beach, April 2008
“A Peep Into the Bathroom” (REV), a book review of Lawrence Wright’s Clean and Decent: The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and the Watercloset, November 2005 issue of the online
No recent courses taught.