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 the texts of Shakespeare, Jonson, and Castiglione 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.
You’ll find details here about my literature and composition classes, such as Defending Society, Hobby Histories, Shakespeare and Games, Hobbies and the Self: From Greeks to Geeks, and Bad Influences.