M.A. Harvard University (1988)
Ph.D. Harvard University, Romance Languages (1995)
Areas of Expertise
- Cultural and Intellectual Exchange between Islam and the West in the European Middle Ages
- Medieval Literary Theory
- Lope de Vega and the material culture of 17th-century Spain
- Contemporary Persian Fiction
- Medieval and Early Modern Iberia
- Psychoanalysis and narrative
RLSP 202Spain's Fin de Siglo and the Crisis of Ideas
RLSP 211A Survey of Spanish Literature from the 11th to the 17th Centuries
RLSP 217 TLove in the Spanish Golden Age
RLSP 301Cervantes' "Don Quijote"
RLSP 322 / ARAB 322Islam in Spain
COMP 350 / RLSP 303Cervantes' "Don Quixote" in English Translation
with Julie A. Cassiday, “Persian Cargo on a Russian Ark: The Role of Iran in Sokurov’s Russian Ark” (International Journal of Persian Literature)
“Lope de Vega and the Meanings of Book Ownership” (Hipógrifo)
“Going Between Spaces in La Celestina and El libro de buen amor,” (Brill, volume co-edited by Felipe Rojas and Peter Thompson)
“The Shadow of Islam in Cervantes,” in The Persistence of Philology: Rethinking the Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History, ed. Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Karla Mallette (University of Toronto Press, 2014).
El anacronópete, by Enrique Gaspar (translated with Michael Cooperson) (January, 2012).
“Don Quixote in Persian,” Motarjem magazine, Teheran 2011.
“Miguel de Cervantes, Early Modern Spain, and the Challenges to the Meaning of Islam,” in Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Volume 4, Number 1, (2011) pp. 7-22.
“My Father, Amir-Hossein Rouhi,” in Payab Magazine, Teheran, June 2011 (in Persian).
“La literatura persa a través de los mss de la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano,” in Las artes del libro oriental. Manuscritos en árabe, armenio, hebreo y persa en la Fundación Lázaro Galdiano. Armen Tokatlian, María Jesús Viguera Molins y Juan Antonio Yeves Andrés, edit. Madrid: Ed. Lázaro Galdiano, 2010.
“A Handsome Boy Among those Barbarous Turks: Cervantes and the Art and Science of Desire,” in Islamicate Sexualities, ed. Najmabadi and Babayan (Harvard, 2008).
“Reading Cervantes in a Time of War,” in In the Light of Medieval Spain, ed Coleman and Doubleday (Palgrave, 2008).
“The representation of gender in pre-modern Persian and Arabic literature,” Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures in Islam, Brill (ongoing series).
Special edition of Medieval Encounters 12.3 (December 2006), coedited with María J. Feliciano and Cynthia Robinson.
Under the Influence: Questioning the Comparative in Medieval Castile , co-edited with Cynthia Robinson, (Brill, 2004).
Mediation And Love: A Study of the Medieval Go-Between in Key Romance and Near-Eastern Texts. (Leiden, 1999)
“Trotaconventos and the Dynamics of Dialectical Reasoning.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 1, 1999.
“From Nevski Prospect to Zoia’s Apartment: Trials of a Russian Procuress.” (Co-author, with Julie A. Cassiday) Russian Review 58, 3 (1999).
“A Definition of Medieval Woman’s Work.” Celestinesca, 22 (ii) 1998.
Feminist Encyclopedia of Spanish Literature, Greenwood Press: Three entries on medieval topics. (1997)
Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature (two entries on Medieval Iberia).
Numerous reviews on Persian, French, Spanish, and Arabic literature and culture.
Awards, Fellowships & Grants