Department Chair, Professor of Spanish Golden Age Literature, especially poetry, poetics, and historiography; Literary Theory. Ph. D., Indiana University, 1985. His research has focused on Italo-Iberian cultural relations, and on a series of phenomena (Petrarchism, courtiership, narrative theory) that can be seen as metalanguages of an early modern culture that cut across national boundaries. That said, he is also interested in specifically Iberian literary and cultural issues: lyric poetry and poetics (special attention to Garcilaso, Fray Luis de León, Herrera, and Góngora, and topics such as visualization, eroticism, metaphor); national identity and transnational empire (translation and transculturation); print culture and the rise of the novel (hagiography, historiography, verisimilitude theory); etc. He is particularly interested in all sorts of formalist approaches to both poetry and narrative.