Areas of Research/Interest
Medieval literature and rhetoric; memory and mnemonic technique; the history of spirituality
Quondam Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford 2009-present; President, The Medieval Academy of America, 2005; Elected Fellow, The Medieval Academy of America, 1996; President, The New Chaucer Society, 1966-1968; The International Society for the History of Rhetoric; Modem Language Association.
Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford; George Eastman Visiting Professor, The University of Oxford; John S. Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship; The Haskins Medal of the Medieval Academy of America for The Craft of Thought ; National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship; Scholar-in-Residence, J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities.
Rhetoric Beyond Words: Delight and Persuasion in the Arts of the Middle Ages. ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2010.
Ars oblivionalis, ars inveniendi: The Cherub Figure and the Arts of Memory." Gesta 48 (2009): 1-19.
"Varietas: a word of many colours." Poetica: Zeitschrift für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (Munich, Germany), Fall 2009: 33-54.
The Book of Memory: Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2008.
"Mechanisms for the transmission of culture: the role of 'place' in the arts of memory." In Translatio, the Transmission of Culture in the Middle Ages. ed Laura Hollengreen. Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Turnhout: Brepols), 2008: 1-26.
"Sweetness." Speculum 81 (2006): 999-1013.
"On affliction and reading, weeping and argument: Chaucer's lachrymose Troilus in context." Representations 93 (2006): 1-21.
The Medieval Craft of Memory: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures. ed. with J. M. Ziolkowski. University of Pennsylvania Press. 2002.
The Craft of Thought: Meditation, Rhetoric. and the Making of Images. 400-1200. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1998.
The Book of Memory: A Study of Memory in Medieval Culture. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1990.
Acts of Interpretation: The Text in Its Contexts. 700-1600. ed. with Elizabeth D. Kirk. Norman, OK: Pilgrim Books. 1982.
The Search for St. Truth: A Study of Meaning in Piers Plowman. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press. 1973.