I grew up in Florida, where I received my undergraduate and some graduate education, though I traveled as often as I could, living for a time in Los Angeles, CA, Scotland, and Germany. In Irvine, California, I wrote a dissertation on Shakespeare with an emphasis in literary theory and for a couple of years regularly scuba-dived off the coast. I came to love the out of doors here in Virginia, and, up the road, I found the Blackfriars Theater in Staunton, the source of some of the best Shakespeare I (and my students!) have seen. Now, having seen all but one of the plays in the canon, I’m going to have to start a new bucket list.
Areas of Expertise
- Shakespeare, Renaissance, literary theory, creative nonfiction.
- Literary History and Theory I
- Shakespeare's Women
- British Writers I
- Shakespeare and the Theater
- Literature of the Renaissance
- Monsters and Marvels
- Ph.D. University of California, Irvine 1990
- M.A. University of Florida 1980
- B.A. University of Florida 1976
- Merit certificate, linguistics. Edinburgh University (Scotland)
Publications & Articles
- Backstory: Antioch Review Blog. August 8, 2014.
- "The Taking of Dead Horse Hollow: Eminent Domain Abuse," Antioch Review. 2013.
- "Naked Italian," "Journey" issue of the Canadian magazine, Room. March, 2012.
- Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition. First place in the essay category. Fall, 2014.
- Honorable Mention, Winning Writers Sports Prose.”Bladed Lady”
- I’m working on a memoir, which required me to research my mother’s WWII prisoner-of-war record as a member of the French underground captured by the Gestapo. I’m also interested in working on the shift of comedic genre in Shakespeare’s Henry V.