Forthcoming Publications

As Editor

The Oxford Handbook of Chaucer, co-edited by James Simpson, Oxford University Press [in press].

  • Essays by a wide range of researchers place the works of Chaucer in the context of vernacular literature, Latin philosophy and theology, the culture of the universities and the court, as well as the framework of Mediterranean Studies.

The Anglo-French Chronicle of Nicholas Trevet, co-edited and translated by Jonathan Brent [in preparation].

  • A classroom-friendly book of excerpts from the world history read by Chaucer and Gower, offering a peek into medieval ideas of periodization, national identity, and religious orientation.

The Parts of the World: The Geography of Bartholomaeus Anglicus, “De proprietatibus rerum”, co-edited by Winston Black [in preparation].

  • A Latin edition and facing-page translation of the list of nations—and their traits—featured in one of the most widely read texts of the Middle Ages.

As Author

Small Change: Metaphor and Metamorphosis in Chaucer and Christine de Pizan [in preparation].

  • How did medieval people understand the phenomenon of change? This book explores the answer with reference to two of the most prolific and influential authors of the Middle Ages, considering four main ways that change was understood: Ovidian metamorphosis; Boethian ideas of Fortune and Providence; Orosian concepts of historical change over periods; and scientific and philosophical quantification of change.

The Shape of Time: Medieval Understandings of Periodization, 1100-1450 [in preparation].

  • Where did medieval people understand themselves to be located in time? With a fixed beginning point of Creation and an expected end point of Apocalypse, as well as a temporal hinge—the Incarnation, for Christians; the Hegira, for Muslims—the structure of time, for those living in the Middle Ages, was very different from our own. Chapters focus on universal histories and maps produced in Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, from the First Crusade until the Fall of Constantinople.