AboutAs a medievalist, my interests are very wide ranging but principally concern: 1) the medieval survival and adaptation of classical texts, particularly those having to do with the Argonautica or the legend of Jason and Medea, 2) the fifteenth-century Spanish love lyric, elegy, and satire, 3) the Classical and Early Modern concept of adornment and beauty, and 4) humanities computing.
I have published books on the medieval version of the Argonautica (The Medieval Argonautica, Studia Humanitatis, 1979), which studies how the story of Jason and Medea was received by medieval writers and used as the foundation legend of the Order of the Golden Fleece at the court of the dukes of Burgundy. I plan to round this earlier study with another book on the influence of the Order of the Golden Fleece on sixteenth and seventeenth century literature.
From 1989 to 1994, I was a Fellow at the Institute for Academic Technology and worked on an electronic edition and database of the Coplas of Jorge Manrique, on the creation of a humanist’s textual workstation, on the problems that accompany the creation of large text databases during the shift of humanities research to a computer environment, and on the early development of the Departmental webpage.
I was chair of Publications for the Department of Romance Studies at UNC and its managing editor (1995-2017). In this capacity, I oversaw the publication of Hispanófila and Romance Notes. I was in charge of the NC Series in Romance Languages and Literatures (2003-2017) for which I edited about 40 volumes, and also of the “Spanish Series” of the Dictionary of Literary Biography (1999-2007) for which I oversaw 6 volumes.
I have held fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies (1982) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (1982); the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of International Studies and Research (1985-87, 1987-1988, and 1993-1995); the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and North American Universities (1988; 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008); the Lindau Foundation (1983-85, 1987), IBM ACIS (1986-89); IBM ACIS Project Grant (1984-1989). I also directed a National Endowment Institute on the establishment of the New World colonies (“American Encounters: New Societies in a New World,” 1992, and have served as panelist for the ACLS and National Endowment for the Humanities numerous times.
I was Chair of the Department of Romance Languages from 1995 to 2003, and Assistant Chair from 1985 to 1995. I also served as Graduate Advisor from 1990 to 1995 and 2005 to 2008; have directed 21 MA Masters and 24 PhD Dissertations; and have been a member of 175 other Masters and Doctoral committees.
Education1973 Ph.D. Comparative Literature (Spanish, English, French), The University of Michigan
1968 M.A. Comparative Literature (Spanish, English, French), The University of Michigan
1967 B.A. Summa cum laude with Highest Honors in English and Comparative Literature, Hobart and William Smith College
PublicationsI am the author of Cancionero de obras de burlas provocantes a risa, Valencia, 1519 (Valencia: Albatros, 1988); Love and Remembrance: The Poetry of Jorge Manrique (Lexington: U of Kentucky P, 1988); Carajicomedia: Parody and Satire in Early Modern Spain (Tamesis, 2015). I edited a monographic volume of La corónica (37.3, 2009) entitled The Burlesque, the Parodic, and the Satiric in Medieval Early Modern Spanish Literature; co-edited with George Greenia the two volumes on medieval Castilian literature for the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Bruccoli, Clark, Layman 2003, 2007), and have published about 35 articles and 54 reviews to date.
An early interest in computing resulted in a computer-based Spanish language tutorial program for first and second year called Spanish MicroTutor (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1989), which won an EDUCOM/NCRIPTAL award; ¡Atajo! [Heinle & Heinle, with Jim Noblitt and Willem Pet, 1994, 1995, 1999; an entirely new version appeared in 2004]; and Mundos Hispanos (Heinle & Heinle 1997).
- American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (AARHMS)
- American Association of Teachers of Spanish (AATSP)
- American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
- American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
- American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
- Association for Linguistic and Literary Computing (ALLC)
- Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL)
- Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICo)
- Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
- Division of Medieval Spanish Language and Literature of the MLA
- Ibero-Medieval Assoc. of North America (IMANA)
- Medieval Academy
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Association (MIFLC)
- National Association of Language Laboratory Directors (NALLD)
- Northeast Conference
- Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
- Philological Association of the Carolinas (PAC)
- Renaissance Society of America (RSA)
- Seminar in Medieval Hispanic Studies-Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
- Sociedad de estudios medievales y renacentistas (SEMYR)
- South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)