|Title||Professor of Literature, |
Co-director, UCSC Center for Mediterranean Studies,
Co-director, UC Multicampus Research Project in Mediterranean Studies
|Phone||831-459-2395 (Office), |
|Web Site|| The Mediterranean Seminar|
UC Mediterranean Studies Multicampus Research Project (MRP)
|Office||Humanities 1 632|
|Office Hours||On leave F2012-W2013|
|Campus Mail Stop||Humanities Academic Services|
|1156 High Street|
Santa Cruz, CA
Research InterestsIntercultural relations in 12th- and 13th-century literature; Mediterranean studies; globalism; postcolonial theory; world literature and cultural studies
Biography, Education and TrainingMy current work is primarily focused in Medieval Mediterranean Studies. With Brian Catlos (Religious Studies, Colorado-Boulder and History, UCSC), I co-direct the UCSC Center for Mediterranean Studies as well as the University of California Multicampus Research Project Initiative in Mediterranean Studies (http://mediterraneanseminar.org). My own work in this area includes two book manuscripts in progress. Paying Tribute: Old French Literature and The Medieval Culture of Empire studies vernacular French representations of and interactions with an imperial culture, distinct from that of post-Carolingian Europe, shared by Latin Christian, Byzantine, and Muslim courts. Medieval Mediterranean Literature explores new approaches to canonical and non-canonical medieval texts in the historical context of the high and late medieval Mediterranean, c. 1100-1400. In the field of Old French Literature, I have recently co-authored books on Chretien de Troyes and Marie de France. I am currently working on a translation of and monograph on Marco Polo.
Honors, Awards and Grants-UC President's Fellowship (2012-2013)
-Networks and Knowledge in the Medieval Muslim-Christian-Jewish Mediterranean, NEH Summer Institute, Barcelona, 2012 (co-director)
-Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center (Spring 2011)
-Mediterranean Studies UC Multicampus Research Project, 2010-2015 (co-director)
-Cultural Hybridities in the Medieval Mediterranean, NEH Summer Institute, Barcelona, 2010 (co-director)
-The Medieval Mediterranean & the Emergence of the West, NEH Summer Institute, Barcelona, 2008 (co-director)
-The Medieval Mediterranean, UCHRI (Irvine) Residential Fellowship, Fall 2007 (co-director)
-Residential Fellowship, Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France (Fall 2006)
Selected PublicationsBOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS
Medieval Boundaries: Rethinking Difference in Old French Literature. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania Press, 2006. Honorable Mention, MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies.
Co-author, with Virginie Greene, Sarah Kay, Peggy McCracken, and Zrinka Stahuljak. Thinking Through Chrétien de Troyes. Gallica. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2011.
Co-author, with Peggy McCracken. Marie de France: A Critical Companion. Gallica. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2012.
Editor. “New Directions in French Medieval Studies.” Special issue of Australian Journal of French Studies 46:3 (Sep-Dec, 2009).
ARTICLES IN PROFESSIONAL JOURNALS
“Medieval Mediterranean Literature.” Forum on Theories and Methodologies in Medieval Literary Studies. PMLA 124:2 (2009): 600-08.
“Translatio/n, Empire, and the Worlding of Medieval Literature: The Travels of Kalila wa Dimna.” Postcolonial Studies 11:4 (2008): 371-85.
“Chrétien de Troyes’s Cligés in the Medieval Mediterranean.” Special Issue, Chrétien de Troyes’s Cligés. Ed. Norris Lacy. Arthuriana 18.3 (2008): 48-61.
“Ports of Call: Boccaccio’s Alatiel in the Medieval Mediterranean.” Special Issue, “Mapping the Mediterranean.” Ed. Valeria Finucci. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 37:1 (2007): 163-95. Co-authored with Jason Jacobs.
“Male Order Brides: Marriage, Patriarchy, and Monarchy in the Roman de Silence.” Arthuriana 12:1 (2002): 64-75. Awarded the James Randall Leader Prize for best article in Arthuriana in 2002.
“Two For the Price of One: Courtly Love and Serial Polygamy in the Lais of Marie de France.” Arthuriana 8:2 (1998): 33-55.
“The Politics of Translatio: French-Byzantine Relations in Chrétien de Troyes's Cligès.” Exemplaria 8:2 (1996): 315-54.
“Heldris de Cornuälle’s Roman de Silence and the Feudal Politics of Lineage,” PMLA 110:3 (1995): 397-409.
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
“Crusades and Identity.” Cambridge History of French Literature. Ed. William Burgwinkle, Nicholas Hammond, and Emma Wilson. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011. Pp. 93-101.
“Beyond Philology: Cross-Cultural Engagement and the Literary History of Romance.” The Persistence of Philology: Rethinking The Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History. Ed. Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Karla Mallette. U of Toronto Press, forthcoming.
“Worlding Medieval French Literature.” French Global: A New Approach to Literary History. Ed. Susan Suleiman and Christie McDonald. New York: Columbia UP, 2010. Pp. 3-20.
“Marco Polo’s Le Devisement dou Monde and the Tributary East.” Marco Polo and the Encounter of East and West. Ed. Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Amilcare A. Iannucci. Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2008. Pp. 60-86.
“Deprovincializing the Middle Ages.” The Worlding Project: Doing Cultural Studies in the Era of Globalization. Ed. Rob Wilson and Christopher Leigh Connery. Santa Cruz: New Pacific Press, 2007. Pp. 61-75.
“Almería Silk and the French Feudal Imaginary: Towards a 'Material' History of the Medieval Mediterranean.” Medieval Fabrications: Dress, Textiles, Clothwork, and Other Cultural Imaginings. Ed. E. Jane Burns. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Pp. 165-76.
Courses TaughtMedieval French Literature: Courtly Love and Feudal Society
Medieval French Literature: Cultural Contact and Crusades
Medieval Mediterranean Literature
The Worlding of Marco Polo
Introduction to Mediterranean Studies