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Professor, English and Medieval Studies

Ph.D., Northwestern University
tel.: 607-777-2130

Areas of Interest

Medieval Studies, Early Modern Studies, Gender and Sexualities, Rhetorical Discourse,
Italian Literature, Troubadours, Authorship, Book History


"Dante’s Two Beloveds: Ethics and Erotics in the Divine Comedy," 2008
"Assembling the Lyric Self: Authorship from Troubadour Song to Italian Poetry Book," 2000. Winner of
the American Association of Italian Studies Book Award

Recent Book Chapters and Articles

“Petrarch and his Vernacular Lyric Predecessors,” The Cambridge Companion to Petrarch, 2014
“Trial by Beffa: Retributive Justice and In-group Formation in Day 8,” special issue of
Annali d’italianistica on Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, 2013
“Sex and the City of God.” Critica del testo (special issue on Dante Today), 2011

Recent Courses Taught

Pre-modern Tales East West
Medieval Stories Saints Lovers
Boccaccio’s Decameron
Rhetoric and Critical Theory from Plato to Vico
European Merchants and Other Medieval Travelers
Dante’s Divine Comedy
Petrarch and Boccaccio
Sicily in Italian Literature and Film
What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Last Updated: 2/13/17