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’s dissertation, “Re-forming Righteousness: Milton’s Hebraic Poetics,” argues that Milton’s theology and exegesis of righteousness is informed by Hebrew and Jewish exegesis, and that an ethics of righteousness shapes the poetics of Milton’s major poems. A second, long-term project involves the comparison of conceptualizations of literal interpretation in Reformation exegesis through an analysis of early modern discourse on literalism and the exegesis that attends it. She has presented papers at the Northeast MLA, the Newbery Library’s Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, and will present chapters of her dissertation at the RSA 2019 and the International Milton Symposium 2019. She is a recipient of the presidential fellowship at Notre Dame and has served as an assistant editor for Milton Studies.
Recent Scholarly Activity
“Righteous Standing in Paradise Regained and Psalm 106,” Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference, Newberry Library, Chicago, January 2018. Paper presentation.
“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.