Areas of Interest
Milton, early American poetry, Reformation exegesis, Hebrew and Latin philology, classical rhetoric
The City College of New York, BA; Queens College, CUNY, MA
Ala studies early modern and early American literature and is a recipient of the presidential fellowship at Notre Dame. She is currently researching the relationship between rhetorical figures and conceptualizations of literal interpretation in Reformation exegesis and in Milton’s works by comparing different translations of the Bible and analyzing Erasmus’ interpretations of classical rhetoric and their place in his exegesis.
Recent Scholarly Activity
“A “Crabbed Textuist” in Paradise: Innate Knowledge and Literal Hermeneutics in Paradise Lost.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference. March 2016. Paper presentation.
“A “Crabbed Textuist” in Paradise: Innate Knowledge and Literal Hermeneutics in Paradise Lost.” Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference, Newberry Library. January 2016. Paper presentation.