Up at the Marginalia Review of Books is my new essay on the ineffable and complex ways that books shape our lives.
I am so very happy to announce that, as of October 1, 2017, I will be tenured full Professor of English Medieval Studies at the University of Bonn.
The newest issue of postmedieval is out. Its theme is “Thinking Across Tongues,” and it was co-edited by Mary Kate Hurley, Jonathan Hsy, and Andrew Kraebel. I was thrilled to be part of it, with a slightly experimental essay comparing the martyr stories of Prudentius’ Peristephanon and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee. The essay is called “The martyred tongue: the legendaries of Prudentius and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.”
Cha was an avant garde writer, but also a visual, film, and performance artist. Her work proved so inspiring that an image from her archive (at Berkeley) was chosen to grace the cover of this postmedieval issue. My note “About the Cover” is free to read online.
The entire issue is worth reading though — I’ve rarely so looked forward to an issue of a scholarly journal!
I’m very, very happy to announce that my essay for the Atlantic, The Curious Appeal of ‘Bad’ Food, will be reprinted in Holly Hughes’ anthology, Best Food Writing 2017 (forthcoming from Da Capo Press this fall). It’s long been a dream of mine to be included in one of the Best Food Writing books, so this is a special thrill.
Abby Dockter recently interviewed me for the website Essay Daily. We talked about transportable culture, rumination, and the joys and challenges of being a “fusion medievalist.” That’s Abby’s coinage, but I am adopting it!
Read the interview here:
I was honoured to be asked to judge the nonfiction category of Sonora Review’s 2017 contest. The winner was Easton Smith’s fine essay, “The Pace of Death: On Illness and Borders in the Sonora.” I look forward to seeing it in print!
You can read more about the contest here: