David Wallace is a medievalist who looks
forward to the early modern period; he works on English and Italian matters
with additional interests in French, German, women's writing, romance,
"discovery" of the Americas and the history of slavery, and Europe.  His
most recent book is Strong Women: http://blog.oup.com/2011/05/strong-women/
He is currently editing the first literary history of Europe, 1348-1418, which
is organized not by 'national blocks' but by nine sequences of places, or
itineraries. It assumes that the space of 'Europe' becomes intelligible only
through dialogue with that which forms its 'outside,' or dialogues with it.
 There is an
interactive website to support this project