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David Rollo

Professor of English

Contact Information
E-mail: rollo@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3729
Office: THH 438

 

Biographical Sketch

Arbroath, Angus (1957-57). Lossiemouth, Moray (1957-58). Portsmouth, Hampshire/Darlington, Durham (58-61).

Tham Soong/Bukit Timah, Singapore (61-64).

Whitby, Yorkshire (64-65). Ashton, Cornwall (65-71) [Helston Grammar, 68-72]. St Keverne, Cornwall (71-75) [Helston Comprehensive, 72-75]. Huelgoat, Finistère, France [T: Assistant d’Anglais à Temps Partiel, C.E.S. Jean Jaurès] (76).

Emmanuel College, Cambridge (76-78). Université d’Aix-en-Provence, France (78-79). Emmanuel College, Cambridge (79-80).

Saint-Denis, La Réunion (80-81) [T: Lecteur d’Anglais, Université Française de l’Océan Indien]. Sainte-Clotilde, La Réunion (81-82) [T: Lecteur d’Anglais, Université Française de l’Océan Indien].

Penzance, Cornwall (82-83).

Princeton, NJ (83-85). Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (85-86). Princeton, NJ (86-87). Dartmouth, NH [T: Visiting Assistant Professor/Assistant Professor, French, 87-90]. USC, CA [T: Visiting Assistant Professor, English, 90-91]. Dartmouth [T: Assistant/Associate Professor, French, 91-97]. Agnes Scott, GA [T: Professor,  French, 97-99]. USC [T: Associate Professor/Professor, English, 99-].

T = Teaching

 

Education

Ph.D. , Princeton, 1988
M.A. , Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 1984
B.A. , Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 1980
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Professor, French, Agnes Scott College, 1997-1999  
Associate Professor, French, Dartmouth College, 1994-1997  
Assistant Professor, French, Dartmouth College, 1988-1994  
 

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor, French, Dartmouth College, 1987-1988  
Lecteur d'Anglais, Université Française de l'Océan Indien, La Réunion, 1980-1982  
 

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Visiting Assistant Professor, English, University of Southern California, 1990-1991  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Medieval English, French and Latin literature, with a particular emphasis on: 12th-century perceptions of ethnic and cultural difference; literacy and exclusion; hermaphroditism
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Christian Exegesis, Demonic Interpretation and Early Romance", 3rd International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Culture, Talk/Oral Presentation, Centre of Visual Arts and Research, Severis Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus, Invited, 2014-2015   
"The Anti-Augustinian Pleasures of the Early Insular Romance", Congress of the Medieval Association of the Pacific, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of Nevada, Reno, 2014-2015   
"Christian Exegesis, Demonic Interpretation and Early Romance", Interpretative Conflations, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2013-2014   
"Muslim/Pagan Relations in the Old French Alexander Cycle", 2nd International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Culture, Talk/Oral Presentation, Cyprus College of Art, Carnaro Institute, Larnaca, Cyprus., 2013-2014   
"Pygmalion and Hermaphroditus in the Roman de la Rose", Medieval Intersex: Language and Hermaphroditism," Symposium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Talk/Oral Presentation, SLU, St Louis, Invited, 2013-2014   
"Reading and Interpretation in the Early Arthurian Romance", 24th Congress of the IAS, Talk/Oral Presentation, Bucharest, Romania, 2013-2014   
"Reading the Romance of the Rose: Hermeneutics, Knowledge, and Desire.", 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Roundtable/Panel, WMU, Kalamazoo, Invited, 2013-2014   
"Alain de Lille’s De planctu Naturae: Feminine Love and the Pleasures of Reading", Sourcing Emotions, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 2012-2013   
"Islam in the Alexandre en Orient", Congress of the Medieval Association of the Pacific, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of San Diego, 2012-2013   
"Space, Time and Religion in the Alexandre en Orient", Romance: Places, Times, Modes, Talk/Oral Presentation, University College, Cork, Ireland, 2012-2013   
"Space, Time and Religion in the Alexandre en Orient", Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, Talk/Oral Presentation, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK, 2012-2013   
"The Living Corpse of the Past", Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Talk/Oral Presentation, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2012-2013   
"The Seductive Insular Origins of Continental French Romance", Medieval Francophone Culture Outside France, Talk/Oral Presentation, University College, London, UK, 2012-2013   
"A Devil who Deceived by Enchantment", Think Romance, Talk/Oral Presentation, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, NY, 2011-2012   
"The Anti-Augustinian Pleasures of the Early Insular Romance", Romance in Medieval Britain, Talk/Oral Presentation, St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK, 2011-2012   
"1066 and Fiction", The Future of the Past, Talk/Oral Presentation, UCLA/Getty Center, Invited, 2010-2011   
"Alain de Lille and Jean de Meun", Lecture/Seminar, King's College, Cambridge, UK, Invited, 2009-2010   
"Hermaphroditism and Cross-Dressing in the Romance of the Rose: Textual and Pictorial Evidence", Lecture/Seminar, Norwich School of Art, UEA, UK, Invited, 2009-2010   
 

Publications

Book

Rollo, D. I. (2011). Kiss My Relics: Hermaphroditic Fictions of the Middle Ages. Chicago, Il: University of Chicago Press.
Rollo, D. I. (2000). Glamorous Sorcery: Magic and Literacy in the High Middle Ages. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
Rollo, D. I. (1998). Historical Fabrication, Ethnic Fable and French Romance in Twelfth-Century England. Lexington. KY: French Forum.
 

Honors and Awards

USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, General Education Teaching Awards, 2000-2001  
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, 2009-2012  
Director of Graduate Admissions, Department of English, 2002-2005  
 
 
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