I recently completed my first monograph, which is a major rethinking of the concept of paganism in early modern English literature and culture. The project began with a desire to examine pagan religion qua religion in the early modern period, to look at it not just as something to be interpreted or explained but as something that was experienced as a religion. This concern has led me to look at the ways in which early modern Christians defined their religion against paganism, and how they experienced paganism as the potential for religious error in their own lives and in their own culture.
I am currently working on a second monograph on the notion of ‘equality’ in seventeenth-century England, to be examined across a wide range of literary genres, social changes, and intellectual frameworks in the period. An early example of my work toward this monograph was published in the journal Milton Studies in 2012. This article, “Miltonic Proportions: Divine Distribution and the Nature of the Lot in Paradise Lost,” was the co-winner of the Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford award for distinguished article published on John Milton in 2012. I have completed a first chapter and am at work on a chapter on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.