Ph.D. Duke University, 1976. Associate Professor of French and Italian. Teaching: XVI c. French literature, Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, French and Italian theater, novel, existentialism and the absurd; language courses. Publications: The Countervoyage of Rabelais and Ariosto: A Comparative Reading of Two Renaissance Mock Epics (Duke University Press, 1982); Rabelais Revisited (Twayne/ Macmillan, 1993; with Marcel Tetel); The Rabelais Encyclopedia, ed. (Greenwood Press, 2004); articles on Rabelais, Ariosto, Marguerite de Navarre, and Garnier. In progress: a monograph on politics, class, and gender in Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron.