Ph.D. in French and Romance Philology, Columbia University, May 1978.
B. A. "With Distinction" in French and English, University of Haifa, Israel,
State Diploma "De Merit" in Romanian Language and Literature, University of Bucharest,
Romania, July 1966
I attempt to combine in my teaching and research the expertise in the forms of literature
and culture of the distant past (e.g., the medieval France and Occitania), with the
newest methods of inquiry available to a twenty-first century scholar. Seeing the
most recent cultural phenomena with the eyes of the past, and the most distant ones
with the eyes of today represents for me an exciting, ongoing challenge.
Professor of French(rank since August 1991), University of New Orleans, 1984-present
Assistant Professor in Romance Languages, Dartmouth College, 1978-1984
Preceptor and Associate of French, Columbia University, 1972-1975
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, University of New Orleans, 8/97 - present
Graduate Coordinator for French, Department of Foreign Languages, UNO, 8/94 - 8/97
Graduate Coordinator for Romance Languages, Department of Foreign Languages, 1992
Chair of Foreign Languages, Department of Foreign Languages, UNO 8/88 - 12/90.
Institute of Literary History of the Romanian Academy, "George Calinescu", Bucharest,
Officer/Membership in Professional Organizations
Member of Executive Committee, Study Group on Catalan and Provençal of the MLA, 1991-1995
Member of Executive Committee, Study Group on Romanian of the MLA, 1986-1990
Southcentral MLA (SCMLA)
Internation Courtly Literature Society (ICLS)
Medieval Academy of America, America Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
"Société Guilhem IX" Association Internationale d'Etudes Occitanes
Areas of Expertise
Medieval French and Occitan literature
Theory of literature
Contemporary French civilization
Romanian language and literature
Books and Book Chapters
« Eliza M. Ghil interviewata de Rodica Mihaila, » in Maria S.D. Alexandru and Teodora
Serban-Oprescu, eds., Cultura Româneasca în perspectiva transatlantica. Bucuresti: Editura Universitatii din Bucuresti, 2010, pp. 73-84.
Co-editor, with Elaine S. Brooks, and S. George Wolf of Romance Studies Today: In Honor of Beatriz Varela, Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs, Newark, Delaware, 2004, 330 pp.
"Love's Law: From Erotic Casuist to Moral Arbiter in the Love Lyrics of the Troubadours,"
in Romance Studies Today: In Honor of Beatriz Varela, edited by Elaine S. Brooks, Eliza Miruna Ghil and S. George Wolf, Juan de la Cuesta
Hispanic Monographs, Newark, Delaware, 2004, pp. 151-160.
L'Age de Parage: Essai sur le poétique et le politique en Occitanie au XIIIe siècle, New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1989, 407 pp.
Chapter 20, "Imagery and Vocabulary," in F.R.P. Akehurst et al., eds., A Handbook of the Troubadours, Berkeley/Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1995, p. 421-446.
"The Romance of Flamenca:” A study of the Implied Public,” in Guy Mermier, ed., Courtly Romance. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Series of Monographs, 1984, pp. 109-132.
“”Conven,” “Costuma” and “Dreit” in the Code of “Fin’ Amor.”” In “Tenso,” Vol. 26,
nos. 1 – 2 (2011), pp. 52-74.
"Literatura la Holywood: Troia," in Cultura, Vol. I, no. 21, 8/4-10/04, p. 19-20 (published
by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Bucharest , Romania), in Romanian.
"The Troubadours' Legacy in the Year 2000" in Cercetarea Literara Azi: Studii dedicate profesorului Paul Cornea, Iasi (Romania): Polirom, 2000, 262-269.
" Crozada: Avatares of a Religious Term in Thirteenth-Century Occitan Poetry," Tenso, Vol. 10 (1995), no. 2 p. 99-109.
"The Triumph of the Sirventes in Thirteenth-Century Troubadour Poetry," Medieval Perspectives, IX (1994), p. 48-62.
"A Romanian Singer of Tales: Vasile Tetin," Oral Tradition, 3 (1986), p. 607-635.
"The Seasonal Topos in the Old Provençal Canzo: A Reassessment," in Studia Occitanica in Memoriam Paul Remy, Guy Mermier et als., eds., Kalamazoo: Publications of the
Institute of Medieval Studies, 1986, I, p. 87-99.
"Ideological Models and Poetic Modes in The Song of the Albigensian Crusade," Romanic Review, 2 (1984), p. 131-146.
" The Romance of Flamenca: A Study of the Implied Public," in Courtly Romance, Guy Mermier ed., Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Series of Monographs, 1984, p.
"Neagoe Basarab's Teachings to His Son Theodosie: An Unorthodox Reading," Southeastern Europe, 10-Part I (1983), p. 58-71.
"Ideological Parody in Eugene Ionesco's Rhinocéros and in A Lost Letter by I. L. Caragiale, Yearbook of Romanian Studies, VII (1982), p. 44-58.
" Here and Now in the Old Provençal, " Romance Philology, 1 (1981), p. 203-212.
"Topic and Tropeic: Two Types of Syntagmatic Development in the Old Provençal Canzo,"
L'Esprit Créateur, 4 (1979), p. 54-69.
Lectures Given during Conferences and Visits to Universities
“Welcome Address,” at the Annual Conference of the Louisiana Consortium for Spanish
Schools, January 27, 2012, in New Orleans (event co-sponsored by the Department of
Foreign Languages of UNO).
“Welcome Address,” at the Annual Convention of the Louisiana Association for Bilingual
Education , December 2, 2011, in New Orleans (event co-sponsored by the Department
of Foreign Languages of UNO).
“Distance Learning: A Strategy for Survival,” at the SCMLA (South-Central Modern Languages
Association) Annual Convention 2009, Baton Rouge, LA, 10/31/09.
""Coven," "Costuma" and "Dreit" in the Code of Courtly Love," the 44-th International
Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 5/7/09.
"Poets and Rulers in the Anonymous "Song of the Albigensian Crusdae" (1228)," the
43-rd International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo,
"Women as Patrons of the Arts in Medieval France", Loyola University, New Orleans,
"Eleanor of Aquitaine Protector of the Troubadours", Loyola University, New Orleans,
"Love's Law: From Erotic Casuist to Moral Arbiter in the Love Lyrics of the Troubadours."
The XIXth Annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, University
of Cincinnati, 5/6/99.
"The Status of Comparative Literature in American Universities Today," University
of Bucharest (Romania), 5/28/97.
"The Political Overtones of Courtliness in Thirteenth-Century Troubadour Poetry,"
SCMLA Meeting 1994, 11/10/94, New Orleans.
"Romancing the Middle Ages: Love and History in Some Popular Narratives of the 1990's,"
The Seventh Annual Conference on Medievalism (session on "American Medievalism"),
University of Tampa, Florida, 10/1/92.
" Contrafactura and Political Polemics in the Thirteenth-Century Troubadour Lyric: The Case of Na
Gormonda de Montpellier," SCMLA Annual Convention, San Antonio, 10/26/92.
"Les Mediévistes sur la liste des "best-sellers" en France aujourd'hui," University
of Bucharest (Romania), 6/5/92.
"The Revenge of the Referent: On Some Recent Polemics in American Literary Theory,"
University of Bucharest (Romania), 6/2/92.
"Toulouse et ses poètes au Moyen Age," Université de Toulouse "Le Mirail" - Dartmouth
"The American System of Higher Learning from a European Prospective: An Inside View,"
University of Bucharest (Romania), 2/27/90.
Referee for Scholarly Publications and Presses
University of Florida Press