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Faculty Highlights



Prof. Damiani Joins Royal Order

Prof. Grimbert has been named "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques."


Prof. Grimbert:Lancelot du lac: Robert Bresson’s Arthurian Realism.” In The Holy Grail on Film: Essays on the Cinematic Quest, ed. Kevin J. Harty. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015. Pp. 37-49.  
Prof. Grimbert: “La Tristana de Galdós como subversión de la leyenda de Tristán.” In De Britania a Britonia. La leyenda arturica en tierras de Iberia: cultura, literatura y traducción. 261-82. Ed. Juan Miguel Zarandona. Bern: Peter Lang, 2014.  
Prof. Lucamante "Elsa Morante’s Politics of Writing, Rethinking Subjectivity, History, and the Power of Art", (2014)  
Prof. Grimbert :
“Tristan and Iseult at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.” Arthurian Literature 31 (2014): 131-64.
Prof. Campos-Dintrans:
Campos-Dintrans, G., Pires, A. and J. Rothman (2014). Subject to subject raising and the syntax of tense in L2 Spanish: A Full Access approach. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17 (pp. 38-55)
Prof. Ferrando:
"Water in Milan. A Cultural History of the Naviglio." ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (21.2, 2014): 1-21.
Prof. García-Donoso:
"Visiones del absoluto en Jorge Luis Borges y Javier Marías: 'Funes el memorioso' y 'Cuando fui mortal.'" Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.
Prof. Shoemaker:
'Les postures de ma fortune': le page et ses maîtres," in Lectures de Tristan l'Hermite, ed. Mathilde Bombart,  Rennes: Presses Universitaire de Rennes, 2014.
Prof. Shoemaker:
Jean Donneau de Visé, Les Costeaux, ou les marquis friands, ed. Peter Shoemaker, Cambridge, UK: MHRA, 2013
Prof. Aristizábal:
“El pecado del escándalo: Dandismo y modernidad en Fernando Vallejo.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 47 (2013).

Prof. Grimbert
Trans. "Thomas of Britain, Romance of Tristran. Tristran's 'Marriage Soliloquy' and 'The Ending.'" The Romance of Arthur, An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation, ed. Norris J. Lacy and James J. Wilhelm, 3rd ed. (London: Routledge, 2013). Pp. 282-93.


Prof. Grimbert:
“The Art of ‘Transmutation’ in the Burgundian Prose Cligés (1454): Bringing the Siege of Windsor Castle to Life for the Court of Philip the Good.” In Shaping Courtliness in Medieval France: Essays in Honor of Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner. Ed. Daniel E. O'Sullivan and Laurie Shepard. 95-106. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013.

Prof. Grimbert:
Audience Expectations and Unexpected Developments in Marie de France’s Le Laüstic.” In "Moult a sans et vallour": Studies in Medieval French Literature in Honor of William W. Kibler, ed. Monica L. Wright, Norris J. Lacy, and Rupert T. Pickens. 145-55. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012.

Prof. Shoemaker:
"The Furniture of Narrative in Crébillon’s Le Sopha and Laclos’s Liaisons dangereuses." Romanic Review, 101:4 (2010): 689-708

Prof. Shoemaker: 
"Review of Le Gouvernement présent, ou éloge de son Eminence, satyre ou la Miliade." MLR, 107 (2012): 618-20.

Prof. Lucamante
The second edition of Quella difficile identità: ebraismo e rappresentazioni letterarie della Shoah has been published by Iacobelli publisher, Rome, Italy (June, 2012)


Prof. Bornholdt
Saintly Spouses: Chaste Marriage in Sacred and Secular Narrative from Medieval Germany (12th and 13th Centuries). Tempe : Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2012

Prof. Lucamante
Quella difficile identita’: Ebraismo e rappresentazioni letterarie della Shoah. Iacobelli: 2012.
Professor Lucamante presented her new book on March 6 at the University of Cagliari and on March 8 at the National Library of Italy, Rome. Two reviews of her book have already appeared: “L’olocausto nella memoria difficile,” 100 news, March 5, and, “La difficile identita’,” L’unione sarda, March 7.

“Il primato della tragedia: Io sono loro di Giuseppe Genna ovvero le falle della critica contemporanea.” Ed. Hanna Serkowska, Ancona: Transeuropa, 2011. 357-67.

Review of Identità e desiderio: la teoria mimetica e la letteratura italiana. Pierpaolo Antonello and Giuseppe Fornari, ed. Massa: Transeuropa, 2009. Forum Italicum 1 (2011): 264-267.

“Nivola, la maestà delle Madri e il segno internazionale.” Unione Sarda (February 27, 2012).


 Prof. Bornholdt
“Everyone thought it very strange how the man had been shaped’: The Hero and His Physical Traits in the Riddarasögur.” In Arthuriana: Special Issue on Old Norse-Icelandic Arthurian Literature 22 (2012): 18-38.

The Old-Norse Icelandic Transmission of Chrétien de Troyes’s: Ívens saga, Erex saga, Parcevals saga with Valvens þáttr.” In The Arthur of the North. The Arthurian Legend in the North and Rus’ Realms. Ed. Marianne Kalinke. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011. Pp. 98-122.


(Co-authored with Prof. Grimbert) “‘The Love of All Mankind But Also the Love of One Woman Alone’: Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s Shadow of the Raven (1988).” In The Vikings on Film: Essays on Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages, ed. Kevin J. Harty. 83-95. Jefferson City, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2011.

Prof. Damiani
Narrativas humanísticas. Prólogo de Guiliano Soria. Roma: Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2011

Prof. Grimbert
Chrétien de Troyes in Prose. The Burgundian Erec and Cligés, translated, with an introduction, by Joan Tasker Grimbert and Carol J. Chase. Cambridge, Eng.: D.S. Brewer, 2011.

“Love and War in the 15th-Century Burgundian Prose Cligés: The Duke of Saxony’s Passion for Fenice.” In War and Peace: Critical Issues in European Societies and Literature, 700-1800, ed. Albrecht Classen and Nadia Margolis. 443-61. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011.
(Co-authored with Prof. Claudia Bornholdt) “‘The Love of All Mankind But Also the Love of One Woman Alone’: Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s Shadow of the Raven (1988).” In The Vikings on Film: Essays on Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages, ed. Kevin J. Harty. 83-95. Jefferson City, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2011.

“Chrétien the Trouvère: Elements of Jeux-partis in Cligés.” In Li Premerains vers: Essays in Honor of Keith Busby, ed. Catherine M. Jones and Logan E. Whalen. 109-23. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.

Burgess, Glyn S. and Leslie C. Brook, ed. and trans. The Old French Lays of Ignaure, Oiselet and Amours, with the assistance of Elizabeth W. Poe for Amours. Woodbridge D.S. Brewer, 2010. The Medieval Review, published online, June 23, 2011.

Lancelot-Grail. The Old French Arthurian Vulgate and Post-Vulgate in Translation. 10 vols. Lancelot, Parts I and II, trans. Samuel N. Rosenberg and Carleton W. Carroll, vol. III (Cambridge, Eng.: D.S. Brewer, 2010). Arthuriana 21.3 (2011).

Prof. Colón

“Analysis of the Narrative Structure and Style of O Manual dos Inquisidores: An Allegory of the Salazar Dictatorship in Portugal.” Hispanófila 163 (September 2011): 63-78.

“The Role of Folklore in Pepetela’s Historiography of Angola.” Luso-Brazilian Review. 49.1 (2012): pagination TBD


Prof. Grimbert, “Bédier et la légende tristanienne,” “Sur les Traces de Joseph Bédier” (Colloquium Commemorating Joseph Bédier’s 150th Birthday), Fondation Singer-Polignac (Paris), May 22-23, 2014.

Prof. Grimbert, “The Tristan Legend at Santiago de Compostela.” 24th Triennial Congress of the International Arthurian Society, Bucharest, Romania, July 25, 2014.

Prof. Daniel García-Donoso, "Building the Soul of the City in Rafael Chirbes' Crematorio." ACLA 2014 Meeting, New York, NY. March 20-23, 2014.

Prof. Sheffer, Amanda,  "The Rebel with a Cause: The Intersection of Afro-German and Youth Culture in the German Classroom" MLA, Chicago, IL, January 9-12, 2014

Prof. Sheffer, Amanda, "Implementing German for Professional Purposes in the Beginning Language Classroom" ACTFL, Orlando, FL, November 22-24, 2013.

Prof. Serena Ferrando, SLSA Conference, Notre Dame, October 2013. Paper title: 'Daria Menicanti's Cricket or On Being One With the World'

Prof. Serena Ferrando, ACTFL Conference, November 2013. Paper title: 'Scaffolding in Italian Literature Instruction.'  

Prof. Daniel García-Donoso“Experimenting with Religion in a Post-Religious Time: Gonzalo Torrente Ballester and Camilo José Cela in Perspective”. 129th MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. January 9-12, 2014.

Prof. Claudia Bornholdt and Prof. Margaret Ann Kassen.“Cultural Immersion Workshops.” ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Orlando. November 22-24, 2013. 

Prof. García-Donoso, Daniel: "Cultura edificante: cine y exceso en la España del ladrillo”, NeMLA, Boston, March 21-24, 2013.

Prof. García-Donoso, Daniel: "Economías apocalípticas en el cine español de fin de siglo: 'El día de la bestia' de Álex de la iglesia". XVIII Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, Buenos Aires (Argentina), July 15-20, 2013.

Prof. Aristizábal
"Meticulously Bare: Writing and Violence in Tomás González." Panel: How They Wrote their Books: Accounts of Composition and Latin American Literature. The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2013 Annual Meeting, University of Toronto.

Prof. Sheffer
"Deutsch(land) vor! Using Soccer to Teach German Interactively," NECTFL, Baltimore, MD, April 21-22, 2012.

Prof.  Aristizábal
“Through Routes and Ruins: Manaus’ Fleeting Modernity”. Panel: Crisis in the Amazon. The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting, Brown University, Providence, RI.

Prof. Kassen
“Transitioning to Hybrid Language Instruction.” University of Delaware, Newark, Del, March 6, 2012.

Prof. Barker
“Mouvements / vers: Chez Nathalie Quintane” at the Women in French 2012 Convention in Tempe, AZ (February, 2012).

“Mouvements en mineur: Vital practices and visceral epistemologies chez Liking and Mnouchkine” at the 20th/21stCenturies French & Francophone Studies International Colloquium in Long Beach, CA (March, 2012).

Prof. Aristizábal
“Posing as a Critique of Modernity in Fernando Vallejo” in a panel entitled "Fernando Vallejo's Poetics of Transgression" at the Modern Language Association Convention in Seattle, WA.

Prof. Kassen
“Characterizing hybrid language instruction today” (copresented with Kimberly Jansma, UCLA) and “Transitioning to a hybrid model” (presented with Kimberly Jansma and Laurence Denie) at the ACTFL in Denver, CO.

Prof. Shoemaker
“Friendly Words: The Ethics of Confidentiality in Early Modern France” at a Conference on Premodern Friendship at the University of Toronto. October 14th, 2011.

Prof. Lima
“Imagen y representación en Antonio Di Benedetto” at the Simposio internacional IMÁGENES Y REALISMOS EN AMÉRICA LATINA Leiden, 29-9/2-10 de 2011. Universidad de Leiden y Universidad Radboud (Holanda), Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina (Brasil), Universidad Iberoamericana de México (D.F.)

Prof. Grimbert
“A Stylistic Analysis of the Siege of Windsor Castle in the Burgundian Prose Cligés (1455)” at the XXIIIrd International Congress of the International Arthurian Society, Bristol, England, July 2011.


Prof. Kassen
Writing Together with Wikis, presented at World Languages Experience, Arlington, VA, Feb. 10, 2012 and Tampa, FL, Feb. 17, 2002

Prof. Kassen
Transitioning to Hybrid Language Instruction, presented at the University of Delaware, Newark, Del, Mar. 6. 2012

Prof. Lucamante
“Post-Unification Politics and the Politics of Food.” Princeton University, Department of French and Italian, December 6, 2011.
“Imagining the Holocaust: History, Literature, Trauma." The Catholic University of America, January 30, 2012.

Prof. Lucamante
“Food Day: Pellegrino Artusis’s The Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well, or the Making of a Nation” at the Italian embassy, October 24.