Contributors (Spring 2017)


Irena Berovic is a research assistant at the Department of Medieval English Literature and Historical Linguistics of the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf where she teaches Old and Middle English literature. Irena earned her MA degree in English with a focus on “Medieval Foundations of Modern British Identities” and is currently working on her doctoral thesis. The thesis examines the Old English The Dream of the Rood and Dryhthelm’s Vision as visionary texts and highlights how such vision reports frame narrative as experience.

Julia Bolton Holloway earned her doctorate at Berkeley with a dissertation on pilgrimage in Dante, Langland and Chaucer, and taught at Quincy, Princeton and Boulder, where she directed Medieval Studies and took early retirement as professor emerita, returning to Europe. She has published many books and articles, and encourages parallel text editions and translations, among the latest: Mary’s Dowry, an anthology of contemplative and pilgrim texts by and for women: Christine de Pizan’s Chemin de Long Estudes, a feminist Commedia where Christine’s guide is the Sybil: and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Casa Guidi Windows, all three books with facing translations in Italian. She lives in Florence and is Custodian of its English Cemetery where Elizabeth Barrett Browning is buried.

Marisa Sikes is an assistant professor at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where she organizes and hosts a yearly celebration of medieval languages with the help of other colleagues in her Languages and Literature department. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico where she taught Chaucer, Shakespeare, and a variety of other medieval works to undergraduate students. Her current focus is on improving student interest in pre-Shakespearean English literature.

Corey Sparks is Assistant Professor of English-Digital Humanities at California State University, Chico. His research and teaching focus on medieval literature, digital humanities, and critical theory. His first article, “Lydgate’s Jailbird,” appeared in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, and he has book reviews in Studies in the Age of Chaucer and Pedagogy. He is a past editorial assistant for The Medieval Review, and he is a founding and managing editor of EXM:medieval/early modern/theory/blog, an academic blog associated with the journal Exemplaria.

Pamela Troyer is associate professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  She teaches a wide variety of courses on early world literature for English majors with concentrations in literature, creative writing, linguistics, or secondary education licensure in language arts.  She is working with history colleague Kim Klimek on a textbook for global medieval studies to be published by Routledge.

Miranda Yaggi is a lecturer at Indiana University in the Kelley School of Business and the Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP). Her teaching focuses on cross-disciplinary curriculum initiatives that help students develop critical-thinking and communication skills as they examine global business issues from multiple perspectives. Her research moves in two directions: in the scholarship of teaching and learning, she focuses on issues of writing instruction in the business classroom, and on the literary side, she focuses on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British novel. She has guest-edited for Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas, and her reviews appear in Gothic Studies and the Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel.

Ashley R. Conklin is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Rochester, with interests in medievalism, literary violence, and the intersections of racial, ethnic, and religious identities in late medieval literature. She is also a staff editor at the Middle English Text Series and has been an instructor in the university’s Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program for three years.