Professor, Department of French Studies, Louisiana State University
Director of the Program in Comparative Literature
Medieval and Renaissance literature; literary theory and criticism
Recent and notable publications
Dante’s Pluralism and the Islamic Philosophy of Religion. New York: PalgraveMacmillan, 2006
The Ethics of Nature in the Middle Ages: On Boccaccio's Poetaphysics. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.
The Death of the Troubadour: The Late Medieval Resistance to the Renaissance. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994.
"The Nameless Wild One: The Ethics of Anonymous Subjectivity-- Medieval and Modern." Common Knowledge 12.2 (Spring 2006): 219-251.
"The Prick of the Rose: Boccaccio's Bisexual Hermeneutics," in Boccaccio and Feminist Criticism, ed. T. Stillinger and F. R. Psaki. Chapel Hill NC: Annali d'Italianistica, 2006
"Ramon Llull," in The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: The Literature of Al-Andalus, 345-357. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.