Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Leslie Zarker Morgan

Dr. Leslie Zarker MorganProfessor of Italian and French

Maryland Hall 461
Professional Website (Evergreen Website)


  • Yale University, MA, MPhil, PhD (Italian Language and Literature)
  • Middlebury College, MA (Italian)
  • Mount Holyoke College, AB (Medieval Civilization)

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Medieval and Renaissance Italian and French literature: their relationship and connections in the medieval and renaissance periods (chanson de geste and its development in the Italian peninsula; Italian renaissance lyric and its developments in France; computational philology; lexical and technical echoes between works across languages)
  • Foreign language pedagogy: teaching at all levels in a coordinated, interdisciplinary collaborative manner (Italian language instruction; uses of technology, including the computer, at all levels of language instruction and testing; teaching of literature)
  • Humor: its development in literary contexts (levels of interpretation in literary texts and changes over time and place and how these lead to humor; how to appreciate literary humor)

Recent Courses Taught at Loyola University Maryland

Courses taught in Italian:

  • IT 101, IT 102, IT 103, IT 104; IT 161 (Elementary Italian I and II; Intermediate Italian I and II; Comprehensive Beginning Italian)
  • IT 201 Conversation and Composition
  • IT 301 Italian Literature and Civilization I: Origins to Reform
  • IT 352 La Divina Commedia di Dante
  • IT 333  Lyric, Epic, and Scientific: Survey of Italian Renaissance Literature; also taught as The Three Crowns: Dante, Petrarch Boccaccio
  • Coming soon: Italian Renaissance Women Writers

Courses taught in English:

  • ML 250 Introduction to Medieval French Literature (In English translation)
  • ML 251 Introduction to Medieval Italian Literature (In English translation)
  • ML 332 Dante's Inferno, Dante's Divine Comedy (In English translation)
  • ML 333  Witches, Giants and Tyrants, Oh My! Introduction to Italian Renaissance Literature (In English translation)

Courses taught in French:

  • FR 101, FR 102 (Elementary French I and II); FR 103 (Intermediate French I)
  • FR 350 Introduction to Medieval French Literature (in Modern French)
  • FR 351 French Women Writers of the Renaissance (in Modern French)
  • FR 371 Love's Fatal Triangle: Arthurian Literature in French (in Modern French)

Lectures and Presentations 

Presentations at Scholarly Conferences (Recent and upcoming)

  • January 2016, “From Old French to Italian: The 1341 and 1441 Huon d'Auvergnes.” Modern Language Association, Austin TX.
  • July 2015, “Les deux Romes de Huon d'Auvergne.”  Société Rencesvals 20th Triennial International Conference, Rome, Italy.
  • May 2015, Part of “Digital Humanities: The Franco-Italian Huon d’Auvergne, an NEH-Supported Digital Edition and Translation Project (A Roundtable)”: “Herding Colleagues: Coordinating an International Multilingual Mixed Languages Digital Edition.” 50th International Medieval Conference, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17.
  • April 2015, “Charlemagne Censured: Visual Imagery and Expurgation in Pier Jacopo Martello's Carlo Magno (1727).” 21st annual Carolina Conference on Romance Languages, Chapel Hill, NC, April 9-11.
  • May 2014, “Carlo Magno a Bologna… e nel Nord America: Pier Jacopo Martello e la tradizione cavalleresca.” Carlo Magno in Italia e la fortuna dei libri di cavalleria, Convegno internazionale - Internationale Tagung (Zurigo, 6-8 maggio 2014). Carlo Magno in Italia e la fortuna dei libri di cavalleria, Convegno iternazionale - Internationale Tagung (Zurigo, 6-8 maggio 2014).
  • June 2013, “Genealogia gestae: Boccaccio and the Franco-Italian Tradition of  the chanson de geste.Boccaccio veneto: 700 anni di incroci mediterranei a Venezia. “Casa Artom,” Wake Forest University, Venice.
  • August 2012, “Le Roman d'Alexandre dans Huon d'Auvergne: tourisme et truismes dans une épopée du XIVe siècle” [“The Alexander Romance in Huon d’Auvergne: Tourism and Truisms in a 14th-century Epic”]. XIXe Congrès International de la Société Rencesvals, Oxford, England.
  • July 2011, “The Editor in the Computer Age: Resources for Reading and Editing Franco-Italian Texts.” Society for Italian Studies (SIS), St. Andrews, Scotland.
  • January 2011, “Romance Adaptations: Franco-Italian Cultural Relations 1341-1441 and the Gonzaga Inventory of 1407.” Modern Language Association (MLA), Los Angeles, California.
  • May 2010, “Tiborga-Tibaldo, Guibourc-Guillaume: The Italian Avatar of an Old French Epic Heroine.” American Association of  Teachers of Italian (AATI) Conference, Lecce, Italy.
  • April 2010, “Authority and Origins in the Franco-Italian Epic: The Vocabulary of Power.”  The Fifty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Venice, Italy.

Recent Invited Lectures

  • 2014 “The Roman d’Alexandre and Huon d’Auvergne: A Fourteenth-Century Franco-Italian canzone di gesta and the Alexander Model.” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 6 March.
  • 2013 “Where Did the Women Go? Female Genealogy in the Franco-Italian Romance Epic.” Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 17 October.
  • 2013 “The Life of the Mind at Today’s University: What would Dante Say?” Nachbahr Lecture, Honors Convocation, Loyola University Maryland, 27 September.
  • 2013 “Il Roman d’Alexandre nell'Huon d’Auvergne.” Circolo filogico-linguistico, Padova, 29 May.
  • 2012, “Giants, Snakes and Sirens: Unexpected, Unexplained, and Ugly Females in the Guillaume d’Orange Epic.” Jeffrey Chamberlain Memorial Lecture, George Mason University.
  • 2011, “The Importance of the Franco-Italian Romance Epic: Death and Continuation.” University of  Oregon.
  • March 2010, "Key Signature: The Gonzaga Huon d’Auvergne and Franco-Italian Cultural Relations 1341-1441." Dean's Research Symposium, Loyola University.
  • March 2008, "The Importance of the Franco-Italian Romance Epic." Romance and Epic Seminar, The Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago.
  • March 2008, “La tradition turpinienne et l'Italie.” Le Livre de saint Jacques et la tradition turpinienne: nouvelles perspectives, Université Lyon-2, France. Journée d'étude, CIHAM, Université-Lumière Lyon II, Lyon, France.
  • November 2000, "Roland and the Tower of Babel: Giants in Dante's Hell." Catholic Studies Program, Loyola College in Maryland.

Service, Activities, and Memberships in Academic Societies

Service: College Activities (Representative assignments)

  • Twenty-Eighth Annual Hanna Geldrich-Leffman Language Literature and Society Colloquium, April 2, 2014: Slaveries Past and Present
  • Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (January 2010 - June 2011)
  • Co-Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (September 2009-December 2009)
  • Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Committee (Fall 2005- )
  • Medieval Studies Minor Coordinating Committee (Fall 2005- )
  • Italian Studies Minor, Coordinator (2009- )
  • Twenty-First Language Literature and Society Colloquium, March 28-29, 2007: From Oral to Visual and Back. The Epic: Past, Present and Future
  • Faculty Senate, Representative of Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (2008-Dec 2009)

Memberships in Academic Societies and Offices Held   

  • AATF (American Association of Teachers of French)
  • AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian)
  • Dante Society of America
  • ICLS-NAB (International Courtly Literature Society, North American Branch)
  • ICLS-NAB Vice-President (2010-2012); President (2013-2016) 
  • MLA (Modern Language Association)
  • Medieval Academy of America  
  • Société Rencesvals (American-Canadian Branch)
  • Sociéte Rencesvals Présidente (2009-2012) Bureau international


Books/Edited VolumesRecent Articles
Selected Book Reviews
Other Publications

Books/Edited Volumes

  • "Si sai encor moult bon estoire, Chançon moult bone et anciene": Studies in the Text and Context of Old French Narrative in Honour of Joseph J. Duggan. Co- Ed. with Sophie Marnette and John F. Levy. Medium Aevum XXIII. Oxford: The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, 2015.
  • Epic Studies: Acts of the Seventeenth International Congress of the Société Rencesvals for the Study of Romance Epic (July 2006).  Co-editor with Anne Berthelot (U. of Ct., Storrs), et. al. Special issue of Olifant 25 (2006), 1-2.  (Published 2008.)
  • La Geste Francor: Chansons de geste of Ms. Marc. Fr. XIII (256).  Edition with glossary, introduction and notes.  2 volumes.  Arizona: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2009.
  • Approaches to Teaching the Song of Roland. Co-Editor with William W. Kibler. NY: MLA, 2006.
    • Reviewed:
      • D. Dalens-Marekovich. Le Moyen Age 115.3 (2009): 644.
      • Albrecht Classen.  Rocky Mountain Review 62.1 (Spring 2008): 49-50.
      • Keith Busby.  French Studies (Oxford) 62.3 (2008): 328.
      • Leslie C. Brook.  MLR (Oxford) 103.1 (2008): 219-20.
      • Edward J. Gallagher.  Dalhousie French Studies 80 (Fall 2007): 173-75.
      • Paul Vincent Rockwell. Olifant 24.2 (2005): 43-46.
  • Franco-Italian and Italian Romance Epic. Ed. with Nancy Bradley-Cromey.  Special issue Olifant 21 (1996-97).
  • The Foreign Language Classroom: Bridging Theory and Practice. Ed. and introduction with Margaret A. Haggstrom and Joseph A. Wieczorek. NY: Garland Education Series, 1995.
    • Reviewed:
      • Marcel Danesi.  Canadian Modern Language Review 54 (1998): 436-38.
      • Carmen M. Lizardi-Rivera. Hispania 80 (1997): 80-81.
      • Christine M. Campbell. Modern Language Journal 80 (1996): 399.
      • Christopher P. McCormick. French Review 70 (1996): 364-365.
      • Howard DeLeeuw. Die Unterrichtspraxis 29 (1996): 290-291.
      • Salvatore Bancheri.  Italica 72 (1995): 540-42. 
  • Dante:  Summa Medievalis, papers of March 1988 Symposium held at SUNY, Stony Brook. Ed. and introduction with Charles Franco. NY: Filibrary, 1995.
    • Reviewed:
      • Masimo Seriacopi. La Rassegna della letteratura italiana. 8th ser., 101 (1997): 209-211.

Recent Articles

  • “Two Unknown Sonnets, Possibly by Pier Jacopo Martello.” Italian Poetry Review (IPR) IX (2014): 15-23.
  • “Le Roman d'Alexandre dans Huon d'Auvergne: tourisme et truismes dans une épopée du XIVe siècle.” In Epic Connections / Rencontres épiques Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Conference of the Société Rencesvals, Oxford, 13–17 August 2012. Ed. Marianne J. Ailes, Philip E. Bennett and Anne Elizabeth Cobby. Société Rencesvals British Branch Publications 7. Edinburgh: Société Rencesvals British Branch, 2015. 509-27.
  • “The Avatars of Orable-Guibourc from French chanson de geste to Italian romanzo cavalleresco: A Persistent Multiple Alterity.” Co-authored with Philip E. Bennett. Francigena I, 1 (February 2015).
  • “A Snapshot of Franco-Italian: Romance and Epic in the Gonzaga Inventory of 1407.” In 'Si sai encor moult bon estoire, Chançon moult bone et anciene: Studies in the Test and Context of Old French Narrative in Honour of Joseph J. Duggan'. Ed. Sophie Marnette, John F. Levy, and Leslie Zarker Morgan. Medium Aevum XXIII. Oxford: The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, 2015. 305-27.
  • “Des messagères insolites: femmes, théâtre et chant.” In Chanter de geste: l’art épique et son rayonnement au Moyen Âge: Hommage à Jean-Claude Vallecalle, éd. Marilène Posamaï-Perez and Jean-René Valette. Nouvelle Bibliothèque du Moyen Âge. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2013. pp. 319-31.“
  • “« Qe sor les autres è de gran valor »: Ogier le Danois in the Italian Tradition.” In Justice, vengeance, trahison dans la légende d'Ogier le Danois. Ed. Muriel Ott. CRMH/JMHS (Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes/Journal of Medieval and Humanistic Studies) 24 (2012): 423-36.
  • “War is Hell (for Saracens): A Footnote to Aspremont’s Afterlife in Italy.” In "Moult a sans et vallour": Studies in Medieval French Literature in Honor of William W. Kibler. Ed. Monica L. Wright, Norris J. Lacy, and Rupert T. Pickens. Amsterdam/NY: Rodopi, 2012. 289-304.
  • “Guinehart, Flohart and Feminie: Carnaval au féminin.” In The Chanson de Geste and its Reception Essays presented to Philip E. Bennett by members of the Société Rencesvals. Ed. Marianne J. Ailes, Anne Elizabeth Cobby and Peter S. Noble. British Rencesvals Publications 5. Edinburgh: Société Rencesvals British Branch, 2012. 93-118.
  • “Orable, Guibourc, Tiborga: Metamorphoses de Guibourc II.” In In limine Romaniae : chanson de geste et épopée éuropéenne. Actes du 18e Congrès International de la Société Rencesvals, Genève CH ( 20-24 juillet 2009). Ed. Carlos Alvar and Constance Carta. Berne, CH: Lang, 2012. pp. 355-74.
  • “Guinehart, Flohart and Feminie: Carnaval au féminin.” In The Chanson de Geste and its Reception Essays presented to Philip E. Bennett by members of the Société Rencesvals. Ed. Marianne J. Ailes, Anne Elizabeth Cobby and Peter S. Noble. British Rencesvals Publications 5. Edinburgh: Société Rencesvals British Branch, 2012. 93-118.
  • “Les Avatars de Guibourc II. Orable, Guibourc, Tiborga : Métamorphose d’une protagoniste littéraire française en Italie.” In In limine Romaniae : chanson de geste et épopée européenne, Actes du XVIIIe Congrès international de la Société Rencesvals pour l’étude des épopées romanes (20-24 juillet 2009). Éd. Carlos Alvar and Constance Cecile Carta. Berne CH: Peter Lang, 2012. 355-74.
  • “Huon d'Auvergne: ‘The Art of [Dantean] Citation.’” In “Accessus ad auctores”: Studies in Honor of Christopher Kleinhenz. Ed. Fabian Alfie and Andrea Dini. Tempe, AZ: ACMRS, 2011. 61-74.
  • “Louise Labé and Italian in Sixteenth-Century Lyon.” In MLA Approaches to Teaching French Women Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation. Ed. Colette Winn. NY: MLA, 2011. 181-90.
  • “Des lits, des oiseaux, des femmes: le recyclage d’un motif ou le plaisir de l’intertexte.” In Le Souffle épique : L’Esprit de la chanson de geste. Éd. Sylvie Bazin-Tacchella, Damien de Carné et Muriel Ott. Dijon: Éditions Universitaires de Dijon, 2011. 307-15.
  • “La tradition turpinienne et l’Italie.” In Le « Livre de saint Jacques » et la tradition du « Pseudo-Turpin » : Sacralité et littérature. Éd Jean-Claude Vallecalle. Collection d’histoire et d’archéologie médiévales CHAM 24. Lyon: Presses universitaires, 2011. 163-78.
  • “Le merveilleux destin de Guibourc d'Orange.” In Epic Studies: Acts of the Seventeenth International Congress of the Société Rencesvals for the Study of Romance Epic. Eds. Anne Berthelot et al. Spec. issue Olifant n.s. 25, no. 1-2 (2006): 321-37. (Published Jan. 2009.)
  • “La machine infernale : les merveilles mécaniques dans la chanson de geste.” In Por s’onor croistre. Mélanges de langue et de littérature médiévales offerts à Pierre Kunstmann, ed. Yvan Lepage et Christian Milat. Voix savantes 30. Ottawa: Éditions David, 2008. 103-20.
  • “(Mis)Quoting Dante: Early Epic Intertextuality in Huon d'Auvergne.” Neophilologus 92 (2008): 577-99.
  • “Crusade as Metaphor: Variations on an Epic Theme in Huon d’Auvergne.” In Epic and Crusade: Proceedings of the Colloquium of the Société Rencesvals British Branch held at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, 27-28 March 2004. Editors Philip E. Bennett, Anne Elizabeth Cobby and Jane E. Everson. British Rencesvals Publications 4. Edinburgh: Société Rencesvals British Branch, 2006. 65-87.
  • “Ynide and Charles Martel, Turin Biblioteca Nazionale N.III.19, folios 72R-89R.” Medioevo Romanzo 29 (2005): 433-54; 31 (2007): 70-110.
  • “Can an Epic Woman be Funny? Humor and the Female Protagonist in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Epic.” Humor 19 (2006): 157-78.
  • “Una lettera inedita di Pio Rajna, seguita da una breve nota di Gaston Paris alla Biblioteca del Seminario Vescovile di Padova a proposito di Huon d’Auvergne.” Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 122 (2006): 184-89.
  • “Nida and Carlo Martell The Padua Manuscript of Huon d'Auvergne (Ms. 32 of the Biblioteca del Seminario Vescovile, 45R-49V).” Olifant 23 (2004): 65-114.
  • “Chrétien de Troyes comme sous-texte de Huon d'Auvergne?” In Les Chansons de geste. Actes du XVIe Congrès International de la Société Rencesvals, pour l'Étude des Épopées Romanes. Granada, 21-25 juillet 2003.  Ed. Carlos Alvar y Juan Paredes. Granada: Universidad de Granada, 2005. 649-63.
  • “Dirige gressus meos: The Dialectic of Obedience in Huon d'Auvergne.” Neophilologus 88 (2004): 19-32.

Selected Book Reviews

  • Claudio Gigante e Giovanni Palumbo, eds. La Tradizione epica e cavalleresca in Italia (XII-XVI sec.). Bruxelles: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2010. Revue Belge d’Histoire et Philologie 91.2 (2013): 506-11.
  • Gaffney, Phyllis. Constructions of Childhood and Youth in Old French Narrative. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. The French Review 87.2 (December 2013): 227-28.
  • Duval, John, trans. The Song of Roland. Introduced by David Staines. Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett, 2012. TMR 13.10.30.
  • Leverage, Paula. Reception and Memory: A Cognitive Approach to the Chansons de geste. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. French Review 85.5 (May 2012): 954-55.
  • Picone, Michelangelo, ed. La letteratura cavalleresca dalle "Chansons de geste" alla "Gerusalemme liberata." Atti del II convegno internazionale di studi, Certaldo Alto, 21-23 giugno 2007. Pisa: Pacini, 2008. Speculum 85 (2010): 453-54.
  • Psaki, F. Regina, ed. and trans., Italian Literature, 2: Tristan Riccardiano. (Arthurian Archives, 12.) Woodbridge, Eng., and Rochester, NY: Boydell and Brewer, 2006. Speculum 83 (2008): 236-37.
  • Fontes Barrato, Anna, ed. De qui, de quoi se moqueton? Cahiers de la Renaissance italienne 5. Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2004. Annali d’italianistica 24 (2006): 393-95.
  • Everson, Jane E. The Italian Romance Epic in the Age of Humanism. The Matter of Italy and the World of Rome. Oxford: UP, 2002. Olifant 23 (2004): 119-24.

Other Publications

  • “Women, Medieval: Italian Epic.” In Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia (Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages). Ed. Margaret C. Schaus, Thomas Izbicki, and Susan Mosher Stuard. NY: Routledge, 2006. 252-54.
  • Aceste, Adolfo, Camillus, Gherardo da Camino, Cato the Elder, Curius, Eacus, Frederick II of Aragon, Garamantes, Ghisolabella, Laomedonte, Lelius, Lucilius, Manlius, Numa Pompilius, Pythagoras, Regulus, Manfredi da Vico. In Dante Encyclopedia, ed. Richard Lansing. NY: Garland Press, 2000.
  • 'La Geste Francor’: Chansons de geste of Ms. Marc. Fr. XIII (=256). Edition with Glossary, Introduction and Notes. 2 vols. ISBN: 978-0-86698-396-9 / MR 348; MRTS,  2009.


 "La Geste Francor" book cover

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