Ph.D., Medieval Studies, Cornell University, 1989;
M.A., Medieval Studies, Cornell University, 1986;
B.A., 18th- and 19th-c. Studies (independent major), Dickinson College, 1980.
Having done a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, I divide my research about equally between Italian and French literature of the Middle Ages and medieval feminist scholarship. In Italian I focus on Dante’s Comedy, including topics such as the role and nature of his love for Beatrice, and the way different translations inflect how English-language readers interpret Dante. Boccaccio is another focus, with projects in progress on both his Decameron and Corbaccio. In both languages I work on chivalric romance, particularly the Roman de Silence, the Roman de la Rose ou de Guillaume de Dole, and the Tristano Riccardiano. A current project in both French and Italian is The Traffic in Talk About Women: Misogyny and Philogyny in the Middle Ages, a study of non-fiction writings in praise and blame of women. Overall I tend to privilege questions of alterity and continuity between medieval and modern; textual transmission and context; translation of / and medieval material; and metadisciplinary issues in medieval literary study.
Projects in progress
Articles in press:
“Voicing Gender in the Decameron.” Contracted for The Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio, eds. Rhiannon Daniels, Guyda Armstrong, and Stephen Milner. To appear in 2015. 7365 words.
Projects in progress:
The Traffic in Talk About Women: Praise and Blame of Women in Medieval French and Italian
“Nineteen Ways of Looking at Dante’s Francesca: New English Translations of Inferno”
“Madonna Filippa and the Metanovelle of the Decameron”
In Her Own Time: The Roman de Silence. A new edition and prose translation of the romance, with a selection of reprinted essays by other scholars.
The Arthur of the Italians, co-edited with Gloria Allaire. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2014.
"'Alcuna paroletta più liberale': Contemporary Women Authors Address the Decameron's Obscenity." Medievalia, 34 (2013), 241–66.
“Giving Them the Bird: Figurative Language and the ‘Woman Question’ in the Decameron and the Corbaccio.” Studi sul Boccaccio, XLI (2013), 207–37.
“The One and the Many: The Tale of the Brigata and Decameron Day Four.” Annali d’Italianistica, 31 (2013): Boccaccio’s Decameron: Rewriting the Christian Middle Ages, ed. Dino Cervigni. 217–56.
“‘Women Make All Things Lose Their Power’: Women’s Knowledge, Men’s Fear in the Decameron and the Corbaccio.” Reprinted in Heliotropia 700/10: A Boccaccio Anniversary Volume, ed. Michael Papio. Milan: LED, 2013. 179–90.
“Dante and the Contemptus Mundi Tradition.” ‘Legato con amore in un volume’: Essays in Honour of John A. Scott, eds. John J. Kinder and Diana Glenn. Florence: Olschki, 2012. 87-104.
“The Book’s Two Fathers: Marco Polo, Rustichello, and Le Devisement dou Monde.” Medievalia, 32 (2011), 69-97.
“C.S. Lewis: More Maiorum.” In Makers of the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of William C. Calin, eds. Richard Utz and Elizabeth Emery. Kalamazoo, MI: Studies in Medievalism, 2011 (77-81).
“Boccaccio’s Corbaccio as a Secret Admirer.” Heliotropia 7.1-2 (2010), 105-132. http://www.heliotropia.org/07/psaki.pdf