Humanities and Arts
Salisbury Laboratories, 238
- Adjunct Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts
- Advisor for French
- Advisor for the French Circle
- Interim Advisor for Undergraduate Awards (Spring 2014)
My primary specialization is medieval French literature. I am a heritage speaker of Italian and my language competencies also include medieval and modern English, French, and German, as well as Latin. My teaching is informed by my study and travel in various francophone and Germanic countries and Italy. I frequently travel to examine original medieval manuscripts. My research focuses on: medieval literature; paleography and codicology; gender roles; feminist, queer, gender, transgression, and heterological theory (particularly Nietzsche); representations of the body, sex, and violence; and philology.
I enjoy helping WPI students learn to understand cultural difference and to recognize and interrogate cultural and social constructs. In my courses, students hone their critical thinking and analytical skills as they work to deconstruct hegemonic narratives. They begin to discern and appreciate contradiction and polysemy, inclusion and pluralism, and multiplicity of histories and narratives. My history courses include an emphasis on literary history and my cultural courses stress the roles of language. Throughout the course of each term, students develop their ability to formulate, support, and articulate a cogent argument. What I emphasize in my teaching reflects my research interests.
My publications include “Christine de Pizan's Metaphoric Womb” (Medieval Feminist Forum 47.1) and a solicited review of Debate of the “Romance of the Rose” by David F. Hult (French Forum 36.2-3). Of my current research projects, the primary one is a book that focuses on a manuscript that was completed in Paris ca. 1330 (BN fr 60). My examination of this codex in terms of its historico-political context yields a study that interrogates the intersection of gender, politics, and literature in relation to French identity in the early fourteenth century. For more about this and other current and ongoing research projects, see my website.
- Medieval Literature
- Paleography and Codicology
- Gender Roles
- Feminist, Queer, Gender, Transgression, and Heterological Theory (particularly Nietzsche)
- Representations of the body, sex, and violence
- BA, French with German minor, High Point University, 1998
- BS, International Business, High Point University, 1998
- MA, French and German Literature, University of Delaware, 2004
- MA, French Literature, University of Pennsylvania, 2005
- PhD, Medieval French Literature, University of Pennsylvania, 2010
- “Christine de Pizan'ʹs Metaphoric Womb,” Medieval Feminist Forum 47.1 (2011): 32-51.
- Solicited review of Debate of the “Romance of the Rose.” The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe, by David F. Hult. French Forum 36.2-3 (2011): 265-267.