Professor and Chair
B.A., English and French, Luther College (1983);
Ph.D., English, University of Minnesota (1992).
Medieval Literature, especially Anglo-Saxon;
women's and gender studies; saints' lives and religious discourse;
British Literature to 1800; History of the English Language; Linguistics
Undergraduate Courses Taught:
The Discourse of Enclosure: Representing Women in Old English Literature (SUNY UP, 2001).
Recipient of an ALA/Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title.
"Saints' Lives." In The History of British Women's Writing, Vol. I, 700-1500. Ed. Diane Watt and Liz Herbert McAvoy. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
"Voices From the Margins: Women and Textual Enclosure in Beowulf." In The Postmodern Beowulf. Ed. Eileen A. Joy and Mary K. Ramsay. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2006.
"The Vernacular Language of Rape in Old English Literature and Law: Views from the Anglo-Saxon(ist)s." In Sex and Sexuality in Anglo-Saxon England: Studies in Honor of Daniel Calder. Ed. Carol Braun Pasternack and Lisa Weston. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies. Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University Press, 2005. 149-181.
" 'Why do you speak so much foolishness? ' Gender, Humor, and Discourse in Ælfric's Lives of Saints ." Humor in Anglo-Saxon Literature: An Essay Collection. ed. Jonathan Wilcox. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2000. 127-136.
"The Violence of Exegesis: Reading the Bodies of Ælfric's Female Saints." Violence Against Women in Medieval Texts. ed. Anna Roberts. Gainsville: University of Florida Press, 1997. 22-43.
"En/closed Subjects: 'The Wife's Lament' and the Culture of Early Medieval Female Monasticism." AEstel 2 (1994): 45-61. Reprinted in Old English Literature: Critical Essays. Ed. R.M. Liuzza. New Haven: Yale UP, 2002. 381-391.
"Spiritual Truth and Sexual Violence: The Old English "Juliana," Anglo-Saxon Nuns, and the Discourse of Female Monastic Enclosure." Signs 19 (1994): 658-675.