406 Bryan Hall
Ph.D. Columbia, 1996
M.A. Minnesota, 1992
B.A. and B.Mus.A. Michigan , 1989
Much of my current research is dedicated to two projects at different stages of completion. I'm currently finishing up a book called Archive of the Animal: Science, Sacrifice, and the Parchment Inheritance, which explores the parchment record of the Western tradition from a number of different angles (environmental history, animal studies, zooarchaeology, theologies of sacrifice, etc.). A longer-term book project, The Work of God: Liturgical Culture and Vernacular Writing in Britain, 550-1550 (under contract with University of Chicago Press), examines the shaping role of liturgical culture in the history of literary writing, from the earliest known vernacular survivals in the sixth century to the coming of common prayer in the sixteenth. Previous books have treated literary-musical relations, the medievalism of theory, and the neomedievalist rhetoric of the war on terror. I've also written a historical novel, A Burnable Book, set in London in 1385 and featuring John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer (the book will be published by HarperCollins in the UK and William Morrow in the US early in 2014).