- Ph.D. – The University of Chicago
- M.A. – The University of Chicago
- B.A. – Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
Current Courses Taught
- English 175, Literary Love
- English 230, Literary Criticism
- English 430, Senior Seminar: Courtesy Novels
Awards and Honors
- Severy Award for excellence in teaching, 1965-66
- Uhrig Award for excellence in teaching, 1970-71
- Honorary Degree, DHL, Ripon College, 2000
Recent Publications and Presentations
- The Spenser Encyclopedia (1990), adviser.
- “The Ende Therfore of a Perfect Courtier in Baldassare Castiglione’s The Courtier.” Philological Quarterly 77(1999):295-305.
- “The Uncertainty of Courtesy in Book VI of The Faerie Queene” Spenser Studies 14(2000):215-32.
- Review:R.A. Horton, The Unity of “The Faerie Queene.” Modern Philology 78(1984):306-8.
- Review:Patrick J. Cook. Milton, Spenser and the Epic Tradition. Renaissance Quarterly 51(1998):700-1.
- Review:Elizibeth Clarke, Theory and Theology in George Herbert’s Poetry: “Divine, and Poesie, Met.” Renaissance Quarterly 52(1999):1192-3.
- Review: Peter DeSa Wiggins, Donne, Castiglione and the Poetry of Courtliness. Renaissance Quarterly 55(2002): 1114-1115.
Areas of Interest
- English Renaissance literature, especially Spenser and Shakespeare
- Investigating the developing concepts of courtesy
- 18th century novels by, for, and about women