Research & Publications

My favourite kind of literature is Renaissance poetry, and most of my publications are in that area; I have also published on Renaissance drama and prose fiction, on medieval poetry (English, French, and Italian), on classical poetry (Ancient Greek and Latin), on Romantic poetry, and on twentieth-century literature (Canadian and American). I work chiefly on poetics, on queer theory, and on queer poetics. I am beginning to work on poetry and questions of aboutness and subject matter in lyric poetry from the Renaissance to the present.



Line Endings in Renaissance Poetry. London: Anthem Press, 2022.

Shakespeare and Queer Representation. Abingdon UK: Routledge, 2020.

Against Reproduction: Where Renaissance Texts Come From. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Loving in Verse: Poetic Influence as Erotic. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006.

Homoerotic Space: The Poetics of Loss in Renaissance Literature. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.


The Age of Thomas Nashe: Texts, Bodies and Trespasses of Authorship in Early Modern England. Co-edited with Joan Pong Linton and Steve Mentz. Farnham UK: Ashgate, 2013.

Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze. Co-edited with Vin Nardizzi and Will Stockton. Farnham UK: Ashgate, 2009.


The Old Wives Tale by George Peele. Forthcoming from Broadview Press.


“Queer Arrangements.” In Routledge Companion to Queer Literary Studies, ed. Melissa E. Sanchez. Forthcoming from Routledge.

“Asexual Aesthetics” Forthcoming in Early Modern Asexualities, ed. Liza Blake, Catherine Clifford, and Aley O’Mara.

“Sidney and Gender.” In Oxford Handbook on Sidney, ed. Catherine Bates. Forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

“‘With a second hand’: Spenser with Barthes.” Spenser Studies 36 (2023): 537-46.

“Notes on the Couplet in the Sonnet.” Shakespeare 18 (2022): 222-31.

“Katherine Philips’s Monument: The Genre of ‘Wiston Vault.'” In Feminist Formalism and Early Modern Women’s Writing: Readings, Conversations Pedagogies, ed. Lara Dodds and Michelle M. Dowd. 152-66. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 2022.

“Locating Queerness.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 28.2 (2021): 53-9.

“Petrarch, Wyatt, and Surrey: Sonnets, Teleology, and Sexuality.” Textual Practice. Published online in August 2019.

“Love Loves: Venus and Adonis, Venus and Anchises.” In Minor Epics: The State of Play, ed. Lynn Enterline. 189-204. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

“Erotic and Devotional Verse.” In Political Turmoil: Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 1623-1660, ed. Stephen B. Dobranski. 44-59. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

“Shakespearean Sexualities.” In After Queer Literary Studies: Literature, Theory and Sexuality in the 21st Century, ed. E.L. McCallum and Tyler Bradway. 21-34. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2019.

“Feminine Transgression and Normal Domesticity.” In Staged Normality in Shakespeare’s England, ed. Rory Loughnane and Edel Semple. 259-76. Basingstoke UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

“‘Fellowships of Joy’: Angelic Union in Paradise Lost.” In Queer Milton, ed. David L.Orvis. 139-51. Basingstoke UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. This is a revised and expanded version of an article I published in 2014.

“Women and Literary Production.” In Routledge Companion to Women, Sex, and Gender in the Early Modern British Colonial World, ed. Kimberly Anne Coles and Eve Keller. 61-72. Abingdon UK: Routledge, 2018.

“First thing we do, let’s kill all the children.” Marlowe Studies 6 (2016): 73-83. This article appeared in August 2018.

“Queer Studies.” In Blackwell Companion to Renaissance Poetry, ed. Catherine Bates. 510-18. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018.

“Locating Queerness in Cymbeline.” In Queer Shakespeare: Desire and Sexuality, ed. Goran Stanivuković. 123-36. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

“Non-Dramatic Style.” In Shakespeare in our Time, ed. Dympna Callaghan and Suzanne Gossett. 303-06. London: Bloomsbury, 2016

“Remembering to Forget.” In Sexuality and Memory in Early Modern England: Literature and the Erotics of Recollection, ed. John Garrison and Kyle Pivetti. 43-50. New York: Routledge, 2015.

“Introduction.” In Edward II by Christopher Marlowe, ed. Martin Wiggins and Robert Lindsey. vii-xxiv. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.This is an edition in the New Mermaids series.

“‘Fellowships of Joy’: Angelic Union in Paradise Lost.” Early Modern Culture 10 (May 2014)

“Sources.” In Early Modern Theatricality, ed. Henry S. Turner. 133-50. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Auto-Allusion.” The Hare 1.3 (August 2013)

“Postscript: Nashe Untrimmed: The Way We Teach Him Now.” Co-written with Joan Pong Linton. In Thomas Nashe, 169-82.

“Animal, Vegetable, Sexual: Metaphor in Donne’s ‘Sappho to Philaenis’ and Marvell’s ‘The Garden.'” In Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England, ed. James M. Bromley and Will Stockton. 195-212. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

“Middleton’s Language Machine.” In The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton, ed. Gary Taylor and Trish Thomas Henley. 346-59. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

“No Present.” In Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture, ed. Ben Davies and Jana Funke. 38-52. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

“The Gayest Play Ever.” In Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Works of William Shakespeare, ed. Madhavi Menon. 139-45. Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

“Andrew Marvell and Sexual Difference.” In Queer Renaissance Historiography. 171-83.

“Male Trouble: Sir Launfal and the Trials of Masculinity.” English Studies in Canada 34.2/3 (2008): 31-48. (This issue appeared in 2009.)

“‘Pulchrum spargitur hic chaos’: Crashaw’s Meta-Commentary.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 9.1 (2009): 147-59.

“Purdy’s Art of Paraphrase.” Journal of Modern Literature 31.3 (2008): 102-15.

“Rosamond’s Complaint: Daniel, Ovid, and the Purpose of Poetry.” Renaissance Studies 22 (2008): 338-50.

“‘Unknowne mate’: Sidney, Motion, and Sexuality.” Sidney Journal 26 (2008): 35-56.

“How to Turn Prose into Literature: The Case of Thomas Nashe.” In Early Modern Prose Fiction: The Cultural Politics of Reading, ed. Naomi Conn Liebler. 33-45. New York: Routledge, 2007.

“Shakespeare and the Invention of the Heterosexual.” Early Modern Literary Studies 13.2 (2007)

“The Shame of Siblings in David and Bethsabe.” In Sibling Relations and Gender in the Early Modern World, ed. Naomi Miller and Naomi Yavneh. 140-9. Aldershot UK: Ashgate, 2006.

“The Really Broken Tower.” ANQ 19.4 (2006): 41-3.

“Embracing Troy: Surrey’s Aeneid.” In The Fall of Troy in the Renaissance Imagination, ed. Alan Shepard and Stephen D. Powell. 177-92. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2004.

“Virgil at Appleton House.” English Language Notes 52.2 (2004): 26-39.

“Spenser’s Filthy Matter.” The Explicator 62 (2004): 194-5.

“The Achievement of Print: Samuel Daniel and the Anxiety of Authorship.” Explorations in Renaissance Culture 29 (2003): 101-18.

“Same Difference: Homo and Allo in Lyly’s Euphues.” In Prose Fiction and Early Modern Sexualities in England, 1570-1640, ed. Constance C. Relihan and Goran V. Stanivukovic. 113-27. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

“Cowley’s Latin Lovers: Nisus and Euryalus in the Davideis.” Classical and Modern Literature 21 (2001): 25-42.

“Civilizing Sexuality: Marie de France’s Lay with Two Names.” In Norbert Elias and Human Interdependencies, ed. Thomas Salumets. 149-58. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001.

“Song and Sonnet: Robert Duncan and the Earl of Surrey.” ANQ 12:4 (1999): 39-42.

“Daryl Hine at the Beach.” Canadian Literature 159 (Winter 1998): 74-88.

“Beddoes, Pygmalion, and the Art of Onanism.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 52 (1997-98): 446-70.

“‘Quantum instar in ipso’: Dryden and Comparison.” Restoration 21 (1997): 32-40.

“‘We two boys together clinging’: The Earl of Surrey and the Duke of Richmond.” English Studies in Canada 21 (1995): 138-50.

“Homophobia and the Depoliticizing of Edward II.” English Studies in Canada 17 (1991): 125-33.