Oxford Faculty, Summer 2017

Jeri Johnson, head tutorBA, Brigham Young University; MA, MPhil, University of Oxford. Sub-Rector and Peter Thompson Fellow in English, Exeter College; Lecturer in English, University of Oxford.

Helen BarrBA, MA, MPhil, DPhil, University of Oxford. Fellow and Tutor in English, Lady Margaret Hall; Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow, University of Oxford.

Helen Barr is a Fellow and Tutor at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford where she is also the college's Vice Principal. I have written on the social and political uses of language in the Middle Ages, and also produced critical editions of neglected medieval poetry. My last book crosses back and forth between the medieval and early modern periods. Transporting Chaucer seeks to find versions of Chaucer where we don't expect him to be and draws on the work of the British sculptor Antony Gormley in his work with bodies and mounds in multiple temporalities. I also had fun researching the implications of mouldy bread and obscene pilgrim badges alongside the soundscapes of performances of Shakespeare. I am currently working on a book which explores how the geography of Kent gets made and re-made between the twelfth and early seventeenth centuries. I was recently awarded under the University's Recognition of Distinction for teaching and research with the title of Professor of English Literature. 

Stephen Berenson, BFA, Drake University. Director of Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Programs in Acting and Directing; Professor of the Practice, Brown University; Member of the Trinity Rep Resident Acting Company.

Stephen Berenson is Director of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Programs in Acting and Directing, an appointment he has held since its inception in 2001. As Professor of the Practice at Brown, his major areas of instruction are Shakespeare, Chekhov, Moliere, and contemporary dramatic texts. A member of the Resident Acting Company at Trinity Rep for 28 years, his roles have included Shylock, Feste, Puck, Fagin, Grendal, and Scrooge. Recognition includes the New England Theatre Conference Award, Providence Mayor Citation, and a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship at Ten Chimneys. Since 1984, he has spent seventeen summers at Bread Loaf Vermont.

John M. FylerAB, Dartmouth College; MA, PhD, University of California at Berkeley. Professor of English, Tufts University.

John Fyler is a Professor of English at Tufts University, where he teaches medieval literature.  His books include Chaucer and Ovid and Language and the Declining World in Chaucer, Dante, and Jean de Meun; he is currently finishing a book on Troilus and Criseyde. His most recent essay, "Language Barriers," won a prize from Studies in Philology. He has been an ACLS and Guggenheim Fellow, and has had resident fellowships at the Camargo and Bogliasco Foundations, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and the Huntington Library; this year he has twice been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. 

Christine GerrardBA, DPhil, University of Oxford; MA, University of Pennsylvania. Fellow and Tutor in English, Lady Margaret Hall; Lecturer in English, University of Oxford.

Christine Gerrard is the Barbara Scott Fellow in English at Lady Margaret Hall and a Professor in English Literature at the English Faculty at Oxford. She is also the Tutor for US Visiting Students at her college. Her research interests include the long eighteenth-century, with a special focus on political writing and women's poetry, and on Transatlantic literature of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is currently editing a volume of the political writings of Jonathan Swift, and the eighteenth-century volume for the Oxford History of Poetry in English. In 2017 she will be taking up a Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Ashmolean Museum, designing a project involving classical antiquities aimed  at making the eighteenth-century and Romantic preoccupation with the Classical past accessible to a wider audience. 

Cora Kaplan, BA, Smith College. Honorary Professor of English, Queen Mary, University of London; Professor Emerita of English at Southampton University.

Cora Kaplan is Honorary Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London, and Emerita Professor of English at Southampton University. Her work has a double focus: on race and class across genres in the long nineteenth-century, and on fiction, film and memoir of the last half-century. A General Editor of the ten volume Palgrave Macmillan History of British Women’s Writing (2010-2017) her books include Sea Changes; Essays on Culture and Criticism (1986), and Victoriana: Histories, Fictions, Criticism (2007). With Jenny Bourne Taylor she edited a Special issue “Reading Life Writing” (New Formations, 67).  A short memoir of her own, ‘Red Diaper Baby’, will appear in History Workshop Journal, no. 83, Spring 2017.

Catherine Nicholson, BA, Williams College; MPhil, Cambridge University; MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania. Associate Professor of English, Yale University.

Catherine Nicholson is Associate Professor of English at Yale University, where she has received the Heyman Prize for outstanding scholarly publication by a member of the junior faculty and the Ribicoff Prize for teaching in Yale College.  Her first book, Uncommon Tongues: Eloquence and Eccentricity in the English Renaissance (Penn Press, 2014), explores the charged relationship between style and strangeness in sixteenth-century vernacular culture, exposing a persistent tension between the desire for linguistic community and the impulse toward literary eccentricity.  Her current book project, Reading Against Time: The Faerie Queene and the Indiscipline of Literary Criticism (under contract with Princeton UP), takes an expansive view of how reading does and doesn’t work over the four-hundred-year lifespan of a single poem.  Her essays on Renaissance literature have appeared or are forthcoming in Spenser Studies, English Literary Renaissance, ELH, MLQ, and PMLA.

Lloyd PrattBA, Louisiana State University; MA, Temple University; PhD, Brown University. Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature, St. John’s College, University of Oxford.

My research interests span American Literature, African American Literature, Literatures of the American South, The Novel, Theory and Criticism, Gender and Sexuality, History of the Book and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literatures in English. My 2016 work 'The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature' examined how various nineteenth-century African American writers radically reframed the terms of humanism by redefining what it meant to be a stranger. I am currently at work on three books: a study of reading in Emerson's America, a series of essays on locality in the American South, and a popular historical account of an early twentieth-century woman reader in the American South. I taught at Harvard, Yale and Michigan State University before coming to Oxford, where I am also a member of the Executive Committee of the Rothermere American Institute. 

Karl SchoonoverBA, Hampshire College; MA, PhD, Brown University. Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick.

Karl Schoonover is an Associate Professor and Reader in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Brutal Vision: the Neorealist Body in Postwar Italian Cinema (Minnesota UP, 2012), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010).  He is co-author, with Rosalind Galt, of the book Queer Cinema in the World (Duke University Press, 2016). Much of his work explores the relationship between film aesthetics and political change. He has also published recent essays on labour in art films, cinema’s role in human rights campaigns, Italian horror, and eco-documentaries.