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My dissertation, entitled, “‘Pluck off Her Bells and Let Her Fly’: Falconry as Medieval Reading Practice,” examines twelfth- through fifteenth-century manuscripts containing English, French, Italian and Latin falconry treatises and narrative poetry about deviant women. I argue that medieval falconry manuals trained readers not only in hunting practices but, more significantly, in the practice of reading poetic texts. My project is the first to treat falconry not simply as the subject of a cultural studies approach, but rather as a crucial component in literate and literary culture in the Middle Ages. Among the texts that I examine are: Frederick II's thirteenth-century treatise on falconry, Marie de France's lai Yonec, the anonymous lay Sir Orfeo, Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, and the anonymous fabliau Guillaume au Faucon. My examination of falconry manuals and the narrative poetry that neighbors and evokes them reveals that these manuals trained their human audience how to think about different aspects of literary control, particularly the control of women as literary texts portrayed them. The unique theory of control that I identify in these falconry treatises contributes to a growing area of formalist work in medieval studies, and also lends language to modern inquiries into the purpose of poetry.
Courses Taught at University of California, Davis
ENL 3 Introduction to Literature (1 quarter, 25 students)
ENL 10A Literatures in English I: to 1700 (1 quarter, 25 students)
UWP 001 Expository Writing (6 quarters, 25 students)
Teaching Assistantships at University of California, Davis
ENL 113A Chaucer: Troilus and "Minor" Poems (2 quarters, 50 students, 2 sections)
ENL 113B Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales (1 quarter, 50 students, 2 sections)
ENL 111 Medieval Literature (2 quarters, 50 students, 2 sections)
HUM 2A Adam & Eve (Global Humanities) (1 quarter, 75 students)
Conferences and Presentations
"The Falcon’s Feast: Falconry as Feminist Poetics." International Medieval Congress. Leeds, England, July 2016 (paper accepted).
“Temporal Orifices in the Huntington MS HM 114 Troilus.” New Chaucer Society Congress. London, July 2016 (paper accepted).
"Falconry as Literary Exchange in the Thirteenth-Century Mediterranean." Medieval Association of the Pacific Conference. Davis, CA, March 2016.
“‘As faucon comen out of muwe’: Criseyde’s Speech and the Language of Falconry." International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, May 2015.
"The Aesthetics of Negation and Silence in Sir Orfeo." Berkeley Medieval Studies Graduate Conference "Medieval Ethics and Aesthetics." February, 2015.
“The Erotic Falconry Treatise: Training Wives and Training Readers.” New Chaucer Society Congress. Reykjavik, July 2014.
“Falconry and Medieval Poetry.” California Medieval History Seminar. UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Study. The Huntington Library, May 2014.
“Falconry and the Middle Ages: An Art Exhibiting the Surplus and the Excessive.” Guest Lecture. (MST 20A: Early Medieval Culture, Professor Sally McKee). University of California, Davis, March 2014.
“Form and Materiality in Frederick II’s Falconry Manuscripts.” UC Berkeley Medieval Studies Conference, "The Material Middle Ages." University of California, Berkeley, February 2014.
“The Meaning of Archive.” Panelist. Panel sponsored by the Performance and Premodern Archive Research Cluster. University of California, Davis, December 2013.
“Pleasure by Proxy: Falconry for Sex in Decameron V.9.” International Medieval Congress. Leeds, England, July 2013.
“Narrating the Unnarratable: Considering Audience and Genre in Personal Narratives.” MultiEthnic Program guest speaker at Tercero Residence Hall. University of California Davis, March, 2013.
“To bear in her womb infinite weight and lightness”: Mediating the Womb Across Medieval and Early Modern Drama. Graduate Student Symposium, “Troubling the ‘Pre-’ and the ‘Early’.” University of California, Davis, CA, January 2013.
“Lost in the Mews: Object as Intersubjective Space in The Squire’s Tale.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, May 2012.
“Memory, Audience, and Authority in Thomas’s Tristran.” Medieval Association of the Pacific. Santa Clara, CA, March 2012.
Academic Service and Professional Activities
Committee member, Student Family Housing Redevelopment Committee, 2014-present
Co-Chair, Performance and Premodern Archive Graduate Student Reading Group, 2013-2014
Co-Chair, Women’s Caucus, 2011 to 2012
Co-Chair, Medieval Research Consortium, 2011 to 2012
Awards and Fellowships
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellow, 2015-2016
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Graduate Studies, 2015
Spring Travel Award, Graduate Student Association, 2015
Winter Distinguished Dissertation Quarter Fellowship, English Department 2015
David Noel Miller Essay Prize, English Department, 2014
Summer Dissertation Fellowship, English Department, 2014
Graduate Studies Spring Travel Award, Graduate Studies, 2014
Summer Research Fellowship, English Department, 2013
Spring Travel Award, Graduate Student Association, 2013
Summer Fellowship, Department of English, 2012
Spring Travel Award, Graduate Student Association, 2012
Summer Language Study Grant, Department of English, 2011
French & Italian Department Outstanding Achievement Award, 2006
Phi Beta Kappa, 2006
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY IN FLORENCE
Coluccio Salutati Award, 2004