I specialize in the medieval literature and culture of Iberia and France and teach courses on literature, literature and psychology, Mediterranean studies, Western humanities, Classical Greece, and the French language. My research is primarily focused on Ovidian narcissism in erotic and spiritual literature from the 12th to the 15th century. Other scholarly interests include psychoanalytic studies and cinema studies.


Emory University, PhD in Comparative Literature

Florida State University, MA in French Literature

Florida State University, MA in Spanish Literature

Stetson University, BA in French and Spanish, minor in Art History, concentration in Education

Other Publications

1. Narcissism and Selfhood in Medieval French Literature: Wounds of Desire. Palgrave (The New Middle Ages), 2019. ISBN: 978-3030279158.


This book offers analyses of texts from medieval France influenced by Ovid’s myth of Narcissus including the Lay of Narcissus, Alain de Lille’s Plaint of Nature, René d’Anjou’s Love-Smitten Heart, Chrétien de Troyes’s Story of the Grail and Guillaume de Machaut’s Fountain of Love. Together, these texts form a corpus exploring human selfhood as wounded and undone by desire. Emerging in the twelfth century in Western Europe, this discourse of the wounded self has survived with ever-increasing importance, informing contemporary methods of theoretical inquiry into mourning, melancholy, trauma and testimony. Taking its cue from the moment Narcissus bruises himself upon learning he cannot receive the love he wants from his reflection, this book argues that the construct of the wounded self emphasizes fantasy over reality, and that only through the world of the imagination―of literature itself―can our narcissistic injuries seemingly be healed and desire fulfilled.

2. “‘Tu es déjà rentré?’: Trauma, Narcissism and Melancholy in François Ozon’s Sous le sable (2000)” in Studies in French Cinema 17.3 (2017): 217-235.

3. “Born under the Sign of Venus: The ‘Woman-Who-Never-Was’ and the Libro de buen amor” in Sexuality, Sociality and Cosmology in Medieval Literary Texts, ed. Jennifer Brown and Marla Segol (London: Palgrave Macmillan/New Middle Ages Series, 2013): 90-120.

4. “The Poet at the Mirror: René d’Anjou and Authorial Doubling in the Livre du Coeur d’Amour épris” in Fifteenth-Century Studies 37, ed. Barbara Gusick and Matthew Heintzelman (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012): 17-46.

5. “From Blood-on-Snow to Boys-on-Sand: Perceval’s Mirror in Michel Tournier’s The Ogre” in Studies in the Novel 44.1 (Spring 2012): 62-79.

6. “Calisto’s Narcissistic Visions: A Reexamination of Melibea’s ‘Ojos Verdes’ in Celestina” in eHumanista: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies 21 (2012): 390-409.


1. Narcissism in Medieval and Early-Modern Spanish Literature: Testimonies of Love: a book-length project that explores the influence of Ovid’s myth of Narcissus in medieval and early-modern Spanish literature.  Texts that I consider are: the “Myth of Tiresias, Narcissus and Echo” from Alfonso X el Sabio’s General History (General estoria), Juan Ruiz’s Book of Good Love (Libro de buen amor), Diego de San Pedro’s Prison of Love (Cárcel de amor), Fernando de Rojas’s Celestina, Francisco de la Cueva y Silva’s Tragedy of Narcissus (Tragedia de Narciso) and Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Echo and Narcissus (Eco y Narciso).

2. Warfare, Trauma and Memory 1337-1648: Perspectives from Literature, History and Visual Culture: a co-edited volume (with Alexandra Onuf and Kate McGrath) that will contain essays analyzing the interrelation of warfare, trauma and memory from the 100 Years War to the 30 Years War. Literary, historical and art historical perspectives will be considered.

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