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Specialty: Medieval literature and culture, medieval history, feminist theory,
Welcome statement (teaching/research/personal
interests): In my research and teaching I am interested in thinking about the
relation between literature and history as well as between history and the
present. More specifically, I’m fascinated by the roles gender, race,
class/status and other categories of difference play in the ways
individualsinteract with different types of structures, particularly,
familial and political structures. I have written on fathers and daughters in
the work of John Gower, a fourteenth-century writer, as well as on the notion
of privacy and its relation to economic and urban developments in Chaucer’s
“Miller’s Tale.” I have also researched some of the international connections
and exchanges between European nations that have been largely unexplored so far
and have thus recently edited a book on England and Iberia in the late Middle
Ages. I’m also interested in the question of gender and writing. How does
gender influence or affect how what we write as well as how and what we read?
Currently I’m working on exploring the connections between poverty, property,
the sense of self, and gender in medieval literature. I’m particularly
interested understanding the extent to which property and rights are connected
in the Middle Ages.
Current and Recent Courses: Readings in British
Literature I, Chaucer, Medieval Women and Writing, Arthurian Romance, Medieval
Dream or Future Courses: Medieval Literature and
Postcolonial Theory (a course devoted to reading about race, class, and gender
in medieval literature through the lens of postcolonial theory); Film and
Medieval Literature (a course on film adaptations of medieval stories, from
Beowulf to El Cid or Arthur).
I have a Ph.D. in
Medieval Studies from Cornell University and a B.A. in English Literature and
Language from the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). I’m originally from Spain
and came to the U.S. to go to Graduate School (and then stayed).