I specialize in the study of literature, history, and theology from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, with a particular focus on the works of John Milton and his contemporaries. Other related concerns of my work include: literary theory, especially with respect to theories of formalism, historicism, and aestheticism; Genetic Criticism; Digital Humanities; the History of Reading; and the History of the Book.
I am currently nearing completion of a monograph entitled “Signifying Shadows: Milton, Prefigurative History, and the Writer’s Mind at Work”. I also recently discovered what is now the earliest known draft of the King James Bible, and I am in the process of preparing a book-length edition and study of the manuscript. Other ongoing projects include, with Jason Rosenblatt and Thomas Roebuck, co-editing the “Table Talk” of John Selden (1584-1654), one of the seventeenth century’s most famous and enigmatic works, under contract with Oxford University Press.
Selected Recent Publications:
"Fruit of Good Labours: The Earliest Known Draft of the King James Bible”, The Times Literary Supplement (16 October 2015), 14-15.
"Milton, Zanchius, and the Rhetoric of Belated Reading", Milton Quarterly 47.4 (Dec. 2013), 199-219.
“Milton and the Conformable Puritanism of Richard Stock and Thomas Young”, in Edward Jones (ed.), Young Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642 (Oxford University Press, 2013), 72-103.
“Reconstructing Milton’s Lost Index Theologicus: The Genesis and Usage of an Anti-Bellarmine, Theological Commonplace Book”, Milton Studies 52 (2011), 187-219.