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Mediterranean Studies 11 (2002)



1. Michelle Brady, A Platonic Defense of Rhetoric

2. Bonnie Kutbay, Some Observations on the Female Weaver in Classical Greek Art

3. Caroline Jewers, The Cornilh Affair: Obscenity and the Counter-text in the Occitan Troubadours, or, the Gift of the Gap

4. Karen Severud Cook, Dati’s Sfera: The Manuscript Copy in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

5. Fernanda Olival, The Military Orders and the Nobility in Portugal, 1500–1800

6. Céline Borello, Is There a Waldensian Heritage in Provence in the Seventeenth Century?

7. Kenneth A. Stackhouse, The Comedia as Diplomacy: Lope de Vega’s Portuguese Plays and Union with Castile

8. Richard W. Clement, Francisco de Robles, Cervantes, and the Spanish Book Trade

9. Daryl W. Palmer, Pedro Castañeda, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, and the Rebirth of the Picaresque on the American Plains

10. David E. Johnson, The Habit of God’s Gift: Jean de Léry’s Conversion

11. Petra M. Bagley, The Lure of Provence for the Artist: A Germanic Perspective

About the Contributors:

Petra Bagley is Senior Lecturer in German and has been Head of German for the past ten years in the Department of Languages and International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England. She is now the Department’s Director of Research. Her research focuses on modern women’s writing from German-speaking countries, in particular Austrian autobiographical fiction and German literature since 1945. She is the author of Somebody’s Daughter: The Portrayal of Daughter-Parent Relationships by Contemporary Women Writers from German-Speaking Countries (1996). Other publications include articles on the Catholic upbringing of women writers, daughter-father relationships and confessional literature. She regularly gives papers at international conferences. She is currently working on a translation into English of Birgit Vanderbeke’s Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst (1999).

Céline Borello has taught History at the IUFM (Universitary Institute of Masters Formation) of Nice since 1999. She has published several articles about the Huguenot communities in the southeast of France, and her PhD dissertation, Les protestants de Provence sous le régime de l’édit de Nantes (1598–1685) (2001, University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence), has recently been published. Her current research interest is religious history and its social and political repercussions in the Mediterranean area during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Michelle E. Brady is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Her primary research interest is in moral and political philosophy, with a special focus on questions of the relation between philosophy and literature. Her publications include the article “Autonomy and Community in Aristotle,” in Faith, Reason, and Political Life Today (2001), and she is currently working on an article comparing Aristotle and John Locke on moral education.

Richard W. Clement is Curator of Special Collections in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas. He has published widely on the History of the Book and is an expert in medieval and Renaissance books. He is the Senior Editor of the Mediterranean Studies Association.

Karen Severud Cook is presently Assistant Special Collections Librarian (Manuscripts) in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas. She is also Courtesy Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Kansas. Previously she was a Curator in the British Library Map Library and before that a cartographer, most recently at the Alaska State Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. Her research is focused on the history of maps and of map printing, and she has authored numerous articles, including “The Multimedia Approach to Landscape in German Renaissance Geography Books,” in The Early Illustrated Book: Essays in Honor of Lessing J. Rosenwald (1982), and “From False Starts to Firm Beginnings: Early Colour Printing of Geological Maps,” Imago Mundi (1995). She edited Images and Icons of the New World: Essays on American Cartography (1996), also contributing to it an article on the first American political cartoon (also a map), “Benjamin Franklin and the Snake that Would not Die.” She has been the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including the US National Science Foundation’s History and Philosophy of Science and Geography Programs and the US Fulbright Western European Regional Research Fellowship.

Caroline Jewers is currently Associate Professor of French at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where she teaches French with a specialization in the French and Occitan Middle Ages. Her major interests are the lyric and narrative poetry of France and Occitania, with sidelines in other aspects of comparative literature, medievalism, and film. She is the author of Chivalric Fiction and the History of the Novel (2000), and has published articles in Speculum, Arthuriana, Neophilologus, Tenso, Exemplaria, Romance Quarterly, and the Journal of Popular Culture.

David E. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo. He is the co-editor of Border Theory: The Limits of Cultural Politics (1997) and of the theoretical journal for the Americas, CR: The New Centennial Review. He is currently working on three related projects: a critique of the anthropological episteme from Plato to Borges, the relation between philosophical anthropology and travel narratives of the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, and a book on violence and community in late twentieth-century Mexico.

Bonnie Kutbay is Professor of Art History at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Palaces and Large Residences of the Hellenistic Age (1998). Currently she is researching the theme of weaving in ancient Greek art.

Fernanda Olival teaches Early Modern Portugal at the University of Évora and is also a researcher at the CIDEHUS.UE (Interdisciplinary Centre of History, Cultures and Societies—University of Évora). Recently she published her PhD dissertation: As Ordens Militares e o Estado Moderno: honra, mercê e venalidade em Portugal (1641–1789) (Lisbon, 2001). Her main research interests are the Iberian military orders, the Inquisition, and Portuguese politics culture, 1550-1800.

Daryl W. Palmer is Associate Professor of English at Regis University in Denver. He is the author of Hospitable Performances (1992) and articles dealing with early modern literature that have appeared in journals such as Shakespeare Quarterly and ELH.

Kenneth A. Stackhouse was Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Virginia Commonwealth University where he had taught since 1971. He received his PhD from the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he taught both Spanish and Portuguese as a graduate student. He was a literary translator, having published a collection of nineteenth-century Spanish narratives with George Mason University Press as well as having translated three Spanish comedias, which have been performed at the Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas, and in Richmond. He was a literary critic, having published studies of the poetry of Pablo Neruda, St. John of the Cross, Fray Luis de Leon, Cecilia Meireles, studies on the work of Cervantes, María de Zayas, Lope de Vega, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, and others. Dr. Stackhouse gave papers at many national and international literature conferences. Prior to his death he was completing for publication an edition, translation, and study of the three American plays of the seventeenth-century dramatist Lope de Vega which is now being published, and he had begun research for a book on the history of Portugal on the seventeenth-century Spanish stage. He was a valued member of the Mediterranean Studies Association.