Faculty Spotlights

Prof. Laine Doggett

Winner of the Southeastern Medieval Association’s Best First Book Prize, Love Cures: Healing and Love Magic in Old French Romance, by Associate Professor of French Laine Doggett, links contemporary pop culture images of love potions and magical maidens to the medical and magical practices of the high middle ages. What is love? Popular culture bombards us with notions of the intoxicating capacities of love or of beguiling women who can bewitch or heal—to the point that it is easy to believe that such images are timeless and universal. Not so, argues Laine Doggett in Love Cures. Aspects of love that are expressed in popular music—such as “love is a drug,” “sexual healing,” and “love potion number nine”—trace deep roots to Old French romance of the high Middle Ages. A young woman heals a poisoned knight. A mother prepares a love potion for a daughter who will marry a stranger in a faraway land. How can readers interpret such events? In contrast to scholars who have dismissed these women as fantasy figures or labeled them “witches,” Doggett looks at them in the light of medical and magical practices of the high Middle Ages. Love Cures argues that these practitioners, as represented in romance, have shaped modern notions of love. Love Cures seeks to engage scholars of love, marriage, and magic in disciplines as diverse as literature, history, anthropology, and philosophy.

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Homer Dodge award winners 2010

Professor Katie Gantz won the 2010 Homer Dodge Award for Teaching Excellence. This College-wide award is the highest recognition at St. Mary's for achievements in teaching. Her students cite not just the quality of her courses, but also her mentorship in and outside of the classroom.

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cover of Subject to Change

Professor Joanna Bartow's 2005 book on testimonial writing, works of fiction, and critical theory was published by the University of North Carolina Series in Romance Languages and Literatures. Testimonial literature has been an important genre in Latin American literature since the 1960s. By examining the self-representation of testimonial subjects, Joanna Bartow questions limits on reading testimonio that until recently have delegitimated the testimonial subject's autonomy. In addition, she shows the importance of a feminist perspective on testimonio, and the importance of considering testimonio's theoretical underpinnings on equal ground with academic theories on difference from within and outside Latin America.