I am a Brittain Fellow in Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication. My work focuses on the skill of timing in early modern literature and performance. I read Italian and English fencing manuals alongside Shakespeare, Jonson, and Castiglione’s drama and prose to argue for a model of time as antagonistic rhythm of movement.My 2015 article in the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, “Killing Time in Titus Andronicus: Timing, Rhetoric, and the Art of Defense,” explores how the temporal tactics taught in fencing manuals inform the structure of Shakespeare’s tragedy. In a forthcoming article in Italian Studies, “Maister of al artificiall force and sleight’: Tempo and Dissimulation in Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier,” I argue that a historically particular model of tempo as skill-based bodily knowledge is central to Castiglione’s understanding of courtiership and to his conceptualization of sprezzatura as artful, practiced spontaneity.
I also hold a Provost at Arms certification with a concentration in historical fencing from Sonoma State University, and I coach fencing at the Decatur School of Arms alongside Master at Arms David Coblentz. We focus on seventeenth-century Italian rapier fencing, and our pedagogical approach is outlined in our forthcoming (2017) manual Fundamentals of Italian Rapier.