Jordan Kirk works on limit-experiences of knowledge in the Middle Ages: unintelligibility, trance, hallucination, spectacle, initiation. He is completing a book, Medieval Nonsense, on “non-significative utterance” in medieval poetry, logic, devotion, and sacramental theology. His next book is on the survival of ancient techniques of ecstasy in late medieval poetry.
- Middle English literature (1100–1500)
- The history of linguistic ideas
- Nonsense, proof, divination, ritual
- Continental philosophy
- “The Hideous Noise of Prayer: The Cloud of Unknowing on the Syllable-Word.” Exemplaria 28.2 (2016): 97–117.
- “What Separates the Birth of Twins.” Glossator 5 (2011): 1-18.