Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Leslie Zarker Morgan

Leslie Morgan

Professor Emerita of Italian and French


Professional Website (Comprehensive CV)


  • 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

Courses taught in English:

  • HN 202 The Human Drama: Medieval to Renaissance (Messina seminar in "Self and Other" cluster)
  • 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)

  • July 2019,   “Between France and Italy: Arthur’s Adolescent Court Adventures in The Knight of the Parrot.” XVI Congress of theInternational Courtly Literature Society, University of Exeter, UK, 22-27 July2019.
  • April 2019, Huon d’Auvergne in Franco-Italian Hell (with American and digital guides).” Baltimore Cenacolo Italiano, April 5, University of Maryland.
  • August 2018, “Charlemagne et sa famille italienne: Andrea da Barberino et l'acculturation des carolingiens.” Société Rencesvals 21st Triennial International Conference, Toronto, CA, 13-17August.
  • March 2018, “Male Humor in Feminine Dress: Crossdressing Men in Romance Epic Tradition.” Twenty-first Biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, Florida.
  • April 2017, “The Digital Huon d'Auvergne in its Franco-Italian Universe: More Than Stemma and Structure.” Medieval Academy of America, Toronto, CA.
  • 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 internazionale - 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.

Service, Activities, and Memberships in Academic Societies

Service: College Activities (Representative assignments)

  • Associate Chair for Student Issues, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (July 2017-2018, July 2019-June 2020) 
  • Acting Associate Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (January 2015-June 2015)
  • 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-Present)
  • Medieval Studies Minor Coordinating Committee (Fall 2005-Present)

Memberships in Academic Societies    

  • 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)
  • MLA (Modern Language Association)
  • Medieval Academy of America  
  • Société Rencesvals (American-Canadian Branch)
  • Sociéte Rencesvals Présidente (2009-2012) Bureau international
  • Sociéte Rencesvals Présidente d'honneur (2016-present)


Books/Edited Volumes
Recent Articles
Selected Book Reviews
Other Publications and Web Resources

Books/Edited Volumes

  • Orlando Furioso at 500, 1516-2016, selected papers of Symposium held in Baltimore, MD. Co-editor with John C. McLucas and April Oettinger; Preface by Walter Stephens. Special issue of MLN 2018 (Italian Issue), 133.1.
  • The Epic Imagination in Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor Alice Colby-Hall. Co-editor with P. E. Bennett and F. Regina Psaki. Romance Monographs S-5. U of Mississippi, 2016.
    • Reviewed:
      • Luke Sunderland. Speculum 93.3 (2018) : 795-96.
      • Jean-Claude Vallecalle. Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire 94.1 (2016): 563-64.
      • Andrea Ghidoni. Revue critique de Philologie Romane 17 (2016): 190-96.
  • "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.
  • Ludovico Ariosto's Five Cantos. Trans. NY: Garland, 1992.
    • Reviewed:
      • John C. McLucas. Forum Italicum 28 (1994): 198-200.
      • Dain A. Trafton Italica 71 (1994): 414.

Recent Articles

  • “From Roland to Orlando: French Charlemagne Tradition and its Development in Italy.” In Teaching the Italian Renaissance Romance Epic. Ed. Jo Ann Cavallo. MLA, 2018. pp. 41-55.
  • “Franco-Italian Lexicon: Problems with l's.” In “Il fist que proz”: Essays in Honour of Robert F. Cook. Ed. Sara Jane Miles and Stephen Martin. British Rencesvals Publications, 2018. pp. 145-66.
  • “The Turin Octavien Retraced: Needed Updates for Turin Manuscript Records.” Romania 135 (2017): 445-51.
  • “Les deux Romes de Huon d'Auvergne et le bon gouvernement.” In « Par deviers Rome m’en renvenrai errant »: Atti del XXème Congrès International de la Societé Rencesvals pour l’étude des épopées romanes (Rome, Italy, 20-25 July 2015). Ed. M. Careri, C. Menichetti, T. Rachetta. Viella, 2017. 579-89.
  • “Étrangers dans un pays étranger: Voyageurs épiques français en Italie au XIVe siècle.” In « Le Monde entour et environ »:La geste, la route et le livre, Mélanges Claude Roussel. Ed. Emilie Goudeau, Françoise Laurent et Michel Quereuil. Presses Universitaires Blaise-Pascal, 2017. 239-52.
  • “Medieval Epic Re-imagined in the Eighteenth Century: A New Lesson from Roland's Youth in Pier Jacopo Martello's Carlo Magno.” In Epic Imagination in Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor of Alice-Colby Hall. Ed. P. E. Bennett, L. Zarker Morgan and F. Regina Psaki. Romance Monographs S-5. U of Mississippi, 2016. 193-229.
  • “Carlo Magno a Bologna… e nel Nord America: Pier Jacopo Martello e la tradizione cavalleresca.” In Carlo Magno in Italia e la fortuna dei libri di cavalleria. Atti del Convegno internazionale di Zurigo (6-8 maggio 2014). Ed. Johannes Bartuschat e Franca Strologo. Longo, 2016. 457-79.
  • “Genealogia gestae: Boccaccio and the Franco-ItalianTradition of the chansons de geste.” In Boccaccio veneto: 700 anni di incroci mediterranei a Venezia. Acts of the conference held at “Casa Artom”, Wake Forest University, Venice, 21-22 giugno 2013. Ed. Luciano Formisano and Roberta Morosini. Aracne, 2015. 305-21.
  • “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.
  • “Two Unknown Sonnets, Possibly by Pier Jacopo Martello.” Italian Poetry Review (IPR) IX (2014): 15-23.
  • “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.

Selected Book Reviews

  • Boscolo, Claudia. L'Entree d'Espagne: Context and Authorship at the Origins of the Italian Chivalric Epic. Series: Medium Ævum Monographs. Oxford, UK: The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literatures, 2017. TMR 19.04.07.
  • 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 and Web Materials

 'La Geste Francor' book cover



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