Fields of Study - Medieval French and Occitan Literature, Gender and Sexuality, Women's Studies.
Interests and Current Work
My teaching and research interests are, broadly defined, in the intersections of medieval literature, history, and theory. My research focuses on romance narratives as well as on medieval theatre, poetry, chansons de geste, and medical and theological discourses. In earlier projects I have explored the intersections of medieval theories and practices of queenship with romances about adulterous queens, and the ways in which gendered cultural values are mapped onto representations of blood.
Recent projects include a translation of Gui de Combrai's Barlaam et Josaphat and a book co-authored with Donald S. Lopez, Jr., entitled The Christian Buddha. I am currently at work on a study of human and nonhuman embodiment in medieval French texts.
Recent and Selected Publications
Co-author, with Donald S. Lopez, Jr., In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Christian Saint (NY: Norton, 2014).
Translator, Barlaam and Josaphat: A Christian Tale of the Buddha (NY: Penguin, 2014)
Co-editor, with E. Jane Burns, Stone, Worms, and Skin: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe (Notre Dame, In.: Notre Dame University Press, 2013).
“Skin and Sovereignty in Guillaume de Palerne,” Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistiques 24 (2012): 361-75.
Co-author, with Sharon Kinoshita, Marie de France: A Critical Companion (Boydell and Brewer, 2012).
“The Human and the Floral,” in Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects, ed. Jeffrey J. Cohen (Punctum Books, 2012), pp. 65-90. http://punctumbooks.com/titles/animal-vegetable-mineral-ethics-and-objects/
Co-editor, with Karl Steel, "The Animal Turn in Medieval Studies," Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 2.1 (2011).
“Animals and Translation in the Lais of Marie de France,” Australian Journal of French Studies 46.3 (2009): 238-49.