Medieval French and Italian literature. His research, publication, and pedagogic interests in French range from the 12th through the 15th centuries: from Chrétien de Troyes to François Villon. His co-edited volumes include The New Medievalism (1991) and Rethinking the "Romance of the Rose:" Text, Image, Reception (1992). He is currently working on issues of cultural authority and genealogy in late medieval France in ways that interrogate the notion of the historico-literary "period." Recent theses he has directed range from "Le corps et le mouvement, ou Perceval et la hanche du Roi Pecheur" to "Lady Philosophy and La Vieille: Old Women, Aging Bodies, and Female Authority in Late Medieval French Literature."