My interest in alchemy developed out of my doctoral research on medieval mysticism. Study of medieval alchemical literature seemed a logical next step. Thanks to a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellowship, I was able to spend the Fall of 1999 studying alchemy manuscripts at the British Library. This experience was one of the most intellectually invigorating of my academic life; it was also extraordinarily fun. If you are interested in exploring how ideas from my scholarship inform The Alchemists’ Council, here are a few of my article citations:
“Text as Stone: Desire, Sex, and the Figurative Hermaphrodite in the Ordinal and Compound of Alchemy.” Sexual Culture in the Literature of Medieval Britain. Ed. Amanda Hopkins, Robert Allen Rouse, and Cory James Rushton. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014. 111-26.
“Queer Copulations and the Pursuit of Divine Conjunction in Two Middle English Alchemical Poems.” Intersections of Sexuality and the Divine in Medieval Culture: The Word Made Flesh. Ed. Susannah Chewning. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2005. 37-47.
“Of Course There’s Something Queer about the Canon: A Reading of Chaucer’s Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale in Relation to the Alchemical Hermaphrodite.” Pataphysica 2: Pataphysica E Alchimia(2004): 102-16.
“Intention to Write, Intention to Teach: Vernacular Poetry and Pedagogy in Thomas Norton’s Ordinal of Alchemy.” Florilegium 17 (December 2000): 45-58.