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Boethius and Dialogue: Literary Method in the Consolation of Philosophy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985). [Honorable Mention, John Nicholas Brown Prize. Medieval Academy of America, 1989]
Literacy and Power in Anglo-Saxon Literature (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1991).
Chaucer and His Readers: Imagining the Author in Late-Medieval England (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993; paperback, 1996). [Beatrice White Prize, The English Association of Great Britain, 1995]
Courtly Letters in the Age of Henry VIII: Literary Culture and the Arts of Deceit (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997; paperback 2006).
Error and the Academic Self: The Scholarly Imagination, Medieval to Modern (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002). [Harry Levin Prize, American Comparative Literature Association, 2005]
Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007).
Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008). [National Book Critics Circle Prize in Criticism, 2009; Truman Capote Prize in Literary Criticism, 2010; translated into Spanish and Korean]
The Wind in the Willows: An Annotated Edition (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2009).
Prospero’s Son: Life, Love, Books, and Theater (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013).
Tradition: A Feeling for the Literary Past (Oxford University Press, 2016).
“Devotion and Defacement: Reading Children’s Marginalia,” Representations 118 (2012): 126-53.
“Auerbach’s Shakespeare,” Philological Quarterly 90 (2011): 21-44.
“Literary Prayer and Personal Possession in a Newly-Discovered Tudor Book of Hours,” Studies in Philology 109 (2012): 409-28.
“Cultivation and Inhumation: Some Thoughts on the Cultural Impact of Tottel’s Miscellany,” in Stephen Hamrick, ed., Tottel’s Songes and Sonettes in Context (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Press, 2013), pp.147-161.
“What Chaucer Did to Shakespeare: Books and Bodkins in Hamlet and The Tempest,” (with Deanne Williams), Shakespeare, The Journal of the BritishShakespeare Association 8 (2012): 1-13.
“Sir Orfeo, Line 285: An Emendation,” Notes and Queries n.s., 59 (2012): 320-22.
“Hamlet’s Poem to Ophelia and the Theater of the Letter,” ELH 81(2014): 841-63.
“Children’s Literature,” in Michael Saler, ed., The Fin-de-siècle World (New York: Routledge, 2015): 691-705.
“Bibliographical Theory and the Textuality of the Codex: Towards a History of the Pre-Modern Book,” in Michael Van Dussen and Michael Johnston, eds., The Cultures of the Medieval Manuscript Book (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp.17-33.
“’The Tongue’: Chaucer, Lydgate, Charles D’Orléans and the Making of a Late Medieval Lyric,” The Chaucer Review 49 (2015): 474-98.
“What Was Medieval English?” in Tim W. Machan, ed., Imagining Medieval English (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp.15-33.