These pages support courses I have taught at Western Oregon University.
Please note that I have retired from WOU.
Teaching Areas: World Literature (especially Classical and Medieval periods), Science Fiction, Japanese Literature (in translation), Teaching of Literature
Research Areas: Comparative Literature, Medieval Prose Romances, Medieval Lyric, Arthurian Legend, Thirteenth-Century Europe, Science Fiction.
Some Recent Publications, Presentations, Professional Contributions:
“The Ethos of Gui de Warewic: A Mirror for Barons.” (under review)
“Assumptions and Attitudes Regarding Teaching Language Arts in Secondary Schools.” With Cornelia Paraskevas. Paper presented at Athens Institute for Educational Research [ATINER] conference, July 2013.
“Imaging Merlin.” Paper presented at Medieval Association of the Pacific conference, March 2013.
“The Fisherman” [Translation of Goethe’s “Der Fischer”]. In The Art of Angling: Poems About Fishing. Ed. Henry Hughes. NY: Knopf/Everyman’s Library, 2011.
“Dating the Anglo-Norman Gui de Warewic.” Notes and Queries (Oxford). N.S. 56.3 (Sept. 2009): 333-335.
“Twisted Trees: Exploring the Historical Context for the Anglo-Norman Gui de Warewic.” Paper presented at Medieval Academy of America conference, April 2008.
“Alba,” “Aubade,” “Cardinal Virtues,” “Carol(e),” “Complaint,” “Encomium,” “Magna Carta,” “Panegyric,” “Sestet,” “Sestina,” “Stanza,” “Strophe,” “Suasio,” “Tower of London,” “Virelay.” Companion to Pre-1600 British Poetry. Ed. Michelle M. Sauer. New York: Facts on File, 2008.
“A Governing Principle: Gui de Warewic and the Political Scene.” Paper presented at Medieval Association of the Pacific conference, March 2007.
Review of R. Rutherford, Classical Literature: A Concise History. (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005). Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2005; online).
“To Essay or Not to Essay.” The Phi Kappa Phi Forum 84.4 (2004): 52-53.
“’True Lovers’ – Love and Irony in Murasaki Shikibu and Christine de Pizan.” In Crossing the Bridge: Comparative Essays on Medieval European and Heian Japanese Women Writers. Ed. Barbara Stevenson and Cynthia Ho. New York: St. Martin’s, 2000. 153-173.
2010 SB442 Semester Conversion, State of Oregon Legislative Task Force
2010 HB3619 Teacher Preparation, State of Oregon Legislative Task Force
2007-08 Oregon University System representative, Oregon Dept. of Education/Essential Skills Task Force, High School Diploma Re-Design
2006-08 PASS Moderation team, OUS/ODE Statewide Panel
2005-06 Oregon Transfer Module, OUS Statewide Task Force
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1985. Comparative Literature Program; minors in Medieval Studies and Latin.
Dissertation: The Role of Merlin in Legendary Romance.
Certificate in Medieval Studies, Indiana University, 1979.
M.A., University of Oregon, 1976. Comparative Literature.
B.A. (Honors College), University of Oregon, 1974. Double major in German and General Literature.