My past research focused on the Romance Epic in late medieval Italy and brought to light the huge narrative cycle of Florentine author, Andrea da Barberino. Since then, I have edited, or am editing, previously unpublished Tristan texts in Italian. More recently, I have become interested in Enlightenment Italy. I also have a long-standing interest in opera; my first degree was in music and I studied bel canto for several years, performing in many opera choruses and serving as Italian coach for the Madison Opera.
“The Narrative World of Andrea da Barberino.” In Firenze alla vigilia del Rinascimento. Antonio Pucci e i suoi contemporanei. Atti del Convegno di Montreal, 22-23 ottobre 2004.McGill University. Ed. Maria Bendinelli Predelli. Firenze: Edizioni Cadmo, 2006. Pp. 11-20.
“The Anti-Romances of Andrea da Barberino.” In Courtly Arts and the Art of Courtliness. Proceedings from the 2004 Courtly Literature Meeting. Eds. Keith Busby and Christopher Kleinhenz. Boydell and Brewer. 2006.
Edited, Schaum's Easy Outlines. Italian. McGraw-Hill, 2004.
Edited The Italian Novella, collection of essays, Routledge, 2003.
Il Tristano panciatichiano, transcription and translation, Boydell and Brewer, 2002.
Edited, Modern Retellings of Chivalric Texts, Ashgate, 1999.
Andrea da Barberino and the Language of Chivalry, University Press of Florida, 1997.
I have been teaching Italian 101 through 202 at the University of Kentucky since 2001.