I specialize in the medieval literature and culture of Iberia and France and teach courses on literature, literature and psychology, Mediterranean studies, Western humanities, Classical Greece, and the French language. My research is primarily focused on Ovidian narcissism in erotic and spiritual literature from the 12th to the 15th century. Other scholarly interests include psychoanalytic studies and cinema studies.


Emory University, PhD in Comparative Literature

Florida State University, MA in French Literature

Florida State University, MA in Spanish Literature

Stetson University, BA in French and Spanish, minor in Art History, concentration in Education

Other Publications

1. Violence, Trauma, and Memory: Responses to War in the Late Medieval and Early Modern World (co-edited volume with Alexandra Onuf; co-author of introduction; author of chapter “Desire, Trauma, and Warfare in Fernando de Rojas’s Celestina“). Lexington Press (Rowman & Littlefield), 2022. ISBN: 978-1-66691-456-6.

2. Narcissism and Selfhood in Medieval French Literature: Wounds of Desire. Palgrave (The New Middle Ages), 2019. ISBN: 978-3030279158.

3. “‘Tu es déjà rentré?’: Trauma, Narcissism and Melancholy in François Ozon’s Sous le sable (2000)” in Studies in French Cinema 17.3 (2017): 217-235.

4. “Born under the Sign of Venus: The ‘Woman-Who-Never-Was’ and the Libro de buen amor” in Sexuality, Sociality and Cosmology in Medieval Literary Texts, ed. Jennifer Brown and Marla Segol (London: Palgrave Macmillan/New Middle Ages Series, 2013): 90-120.

5. “The Poet at the Mirror: René d’Anjou and Authorial Doubling in the Livre du Coeur d’Amour épris” in Fifteenth-Century Studies 37, ed. Barbara Gusick and Matthew Heintzelman (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2012): 17-46.

6. “From Blood-on-Snow to Boys-on-Sand: Perceval’s Mirror in Michel Tournier’s The Ogre” in Studies in the Novel 44.1 (Spring 2012): 62-79.

7. “Calisto’s Narcissistic Visions: A Reexamination of Melibea’s ‘Ojos Verdes’ in Celestina” in eHumanista: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies 21 (2012): 390-409.

Blog Posts


    1. Narcissism in Medieval and Early-Modern Spanish Literature: Testimonies of Love: a book-length project that explores the influence of Ovid’s myth of Narcissus in medieval and early-modern Spanish literature.  Texts that I consider are: the “Myth of Tiresias, Narcissus and Echo” from Alfonso X el Sabio’s General History (General estoria), Juan Ruiz’s Book of Good Love (Libro de buen amor), Fernando de Rojas’s Celestina, Maria de Zayas’s Amorous and Exemplary Novels (Novelas amorosas y ejemplares), Francisco de la Cueva y Silva’s Tragedy of Narcissus (Tragedia de Narciso), and Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Echo and Narcissus (Eco y Narciso).

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