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Associate Professor of French and Italian and, by courtesy, of German Studies
BioMarisa Galvez specializes in the literature of the Middle Ages in France and Western Europe, especially the poetry and narrative literature written in Occitan and Old French. Her areas of interest include the troubadours, vernacular poetics, the intersection of performance and literary cultures, and the critical history of medieval studies as a discipline. At Stanford, she currently teaches courses on medieval and Renaissance French literature and love lyric, as well as interdisciplinary upper level courses on the medieval imaginary in modern literature, film, and art.
Her book, Songbook: How Lyrics Became Poetry in Medieval Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2012, awarded John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America), treats what poetry was before the emergence of the modern category, “poetry”: that is, how vernacular songbooks of the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries shaped our modern understanding of poetry by establishing expectations of what is a poem, what is a poet, and what is lyric poetry itself. The first comparative study of songbooks, the book concerns three vernacular traditions—Occitan, Middle High German, and Castilian—and analyzes how the songbook emerged from its original performance context of oral publication, into a medium for preservation, and finally became a literary object that performs the interests of poets and readers.
Her forthcoming book The Subject of Crusade:Lyric, Romance, and Materials, 1150-1300 (University of Chicago Press, April 2020) examines how the crusader subject of vernacular literature sought to reconcile secular ideals about love and chivalry with crusade. This study places this literature in dialogue with new ideas about penance and confession that emerged from the second half of the twelfth century to the end of the thirteenth. Recent publications related to this project include "The Voice of the Unrepentant Crusader: 'Aler m'estuet' by the Châtelain d'Arras" (Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe, ed. Irit Kleinman, Palgrave) that analyzes how a crusaders poet's unrepentant voice can be viewed as in tension with the confessional voice of pastoral literature, "The Intersubjective Performance of Confession vs. Courtly Profession" (Performance and Theatricality in the MIddle Ages and Renaissance, ed. Markus Cruse, ACMRS) that compares penitential performativity and witnessing in courtly lyric and moral tales; Jehan de Journi’s Disme de Penitanche and the Production of a Vernacular Confessional Text in Outremer" in Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Outside France (Brepols) asks how a confessional text composed by a Cypriot Frank in the thirteenth century is shaped by the political and social contingencies of the Latin East.
Another monograph in progress concerns a transhistorical, interdisciplinary study of crystal as metaphor, material, and object. “Dark Transparencies: Crystal Poetics in Medieval Texts and Beyond,” presents a complex history of crystal that sees the physical effects of the mineral as operating in an experiential or theoretical sense.
Her multi-year Performing Trobar project seeks to cultivate, historicize, and compare the experience of troubadour lyrics in literary and performative modes. In exposing students and the Stanford community to the rich aural and verbal texture of the medieval world, Performing Trobar seeks to animate our engagement with medieval lyric both as a philological artifact and as a vernacular art that continues to be translated before various audiences around the world. Undergraduate and graduate courses on medieval lyric and a summer seminar taught in southern France through Stanford's BOSP program are integral components of Performing Trobar.
At Stanford she serves as Chair of Undergraduate Studies for French and acts as Faculty Director of Structured Liberal Education.
Professor of Religious Studies and, by courtesy, of German Studies, Emerita
BioHester Gelber specializes in late medieval religious thought. She has taught courses on philosophy of religion as well as medieval Christianity. She has written extensively on medieval Dominicans, including: Exploring the Boundaries of Reason: Three Questions on the Nature of God by Robert Holcot OP and most recently It Could Have Been Otherwise: Contingency and Necessity in Dominican Theology at Oxford 1300-1350. She has now retired.
Professor Gelber received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin in 1974 and has taught at Stanford since 1978, beginning as a part-time lecturer in Philosophy before moving to Religious Studies in 1982.
Coe Professor of American Literature, Emeritus
BioFULL NAME: Albert Joseph Gelpi
ACADEMIC ADDRESS: Department of English
Stanford University, Stanford CA 94305
HOME ADDRESS: 870 Tolman Drive, Stanford CA 94305
BIRTH: July 19, 1931, New Orleans, Louisiana
FAMILY: Married Barbara Charlesworth, June 14 1965
Children: Christopher, born 1966; Adrienne, born 1970
EDUCATION: A. B. Loyola University (New Orleans, 1951
M. A. Tulane University, 1956
Ph. D. Harvard University, 1962
Assistant Professor, Harvard University, 1962-68
Head Tutor, Department of English, Harvard University, 1965-68
Associate Professor, Stanford University, 1968-74
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, Stanford, 1969-72, 1978-80
Professor, Stanford University, 1974-1999
William Robertson Coe Professor of American Literature, 1978-1999
Guggenheim Fellow, 1977-78
Vice Chair, Department of English, Stanford University, 1979-81, 1988-97
Chair, American Studies, Stanford University, 1976-77, 1989-90, 1994-97
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Research, Stanford University, 1980-85
Chair, Department of English, 1985-88
William Robertson Coe Professor of American Literature, emeritus, 1999—
Emily Dickinson: The Mind of the Poet, Harvard University Press, 1965, paperback W. W. Norton, 1971
The Poet in America, 1650 to the Present, D. C. Heath, 9173
Adrienne Rich’s Poetry (edited with Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi), W. W. Norton, 1973
The Tenth Muse: The Psyche of the American Poet, Harvard University Press, 1975; reissued with new introduction Cambridge University Press, 1991
Wallace Stevens: The Poetics of Modernism, Cambridge University Press, 1986
A Coherent Splendor: The American Poetic Renaissance 1910-1950, Cambridge University Press, 1987
Adrienne Rich’s Poetry and Prose (edited with Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi, W. W. Norton, 1992
Denise Levertov: Selected Criticism, University of Michigan Press, 1993
The Blood of the Poet: Selected Poems of William Everson, Broken Moon Press, 1994
Living in Time: The Poetry of C. Day Lewis, Oxford University Press, 1993
A Whole New Poetry Beginning Here: Adrienne Rich in the Eighties and Nineties (edited with Jacqueline Brogan), Women’s Studies, 1998
The Wild God of the World: An Anthology of Robinson Jeffers, Stanford University Press, 2003
Dark God of Eros: A William Everson Reader, Heyday Books, 2003
The Letters of Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov (edited with Robert J. Bertholf), Stanford University Press, 2004
Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov:The Poetry of Politics, the Politics of Poetry (edited with Robert J. Bertholf), Stanford University Press, 2006
American Poetry after Modernism: The Power of the Word, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015
C. Day-Lewis, The Golden Bridle: Selected Prose (edited with Bernard O’Donoghue) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017
Adrienne Rich: Poetry and Prose (edited with Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi &Brett Millier) New York: W. W. Norton, 2018
Adrienne Rich, Selectred Poems (edited with barbara Charlesworth Gelpi & Brett Millier) New York:W> W> Worton, 2018