Professor and Chair of French
Department of French

Research Expertise and Interest

literary theory, medieval French literature, allegory, hermeneutics, text editing, French Studies


Medieval French literature; Chrétien de Troyes, Jean de Meun; allegory; literary theory and hermeneutics; text editing and related disciplines. Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: Readership and Authority in the First Romance of the Rose (Cambridge, 1986); ed. and trans., Chrétien de Troyes, Le Chevalier au Lion (Yvain) Paris, 1994); "Words and Deeds: Jean de Meun's Romance of the Rose and the Hermeneutics of Censorship," New Literary History (Spring 1997).

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