Barbara D. MILLER, PhD

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State University of New York
College at Buffalo
Department of Modern & Classical Languages
 
Bishop Hall 134
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14222-1095 (U.S.A.)
 

 

 

ESTUDIOS UNIVERSITARIOS
PhD: June, 1996. Spanish Language & Literature; State University of New York at Buffalo
Major: Peninsular Medieval & Golden Age Literature
Minors: Spanish American Literature & Comparative Literature
 
MA: Spanish Language & Literature; State University of New York at Buffalo
Major: Nineteenth- & Twentieth-Century Peninsular Literature
Minors: Medieval & Golden Age Literature, Spanish American Literature & Spanish Linguistics
Masters Project: “Women in the Novels of Unamuno” Director: Carlos Feal
 
BA: Spanish Language and Literature; Daemen College, Amherst, New York
Minors: French & Education
New York State Provisional Secondary Teacher Certification
Senior Thesis: “Ortega’s ‘Perspectivismo‘ and La Celestina

 

TESIS DOCTORAL
[1996] The Matter of Merlín: Manifestations of the Enchanter & El baladro del sabio Merlín
Director: Edward Dudley — Outside Reader: Harvey L. Sharrer, UC Sta. Barbara
Distinguishes the late fifteenth-century Post-Vulgate refundición and its title figura from their sources, from Celtic myth and English chronicle to French romance. Explores Arthurian literature, lore and philology on the Peninsula, Merlin’s appearance in the Cantigas de Santa Maria, the influence of Merlinian prophetic tradition in Golden Age poetry, and links between the Hispanic Baladro and the novela sentimental. Reading in historical context contrasts meanings associated with the Crusades, the Inquisition and the Age of Discovery & Conquest.

 

BECAS DE INVESTIGACIÓN
[1995] Universidad de Oviedo; funded by Mark Diamond Foundation, SUNY Buffalo. Enabled thesis-related study of the unique Burgos incunable exemplar, basic to this first dissertation focused on the Baladro. Photographs of original woodcuts taken by permission.

 

DOCENCIA UNIVERSITARIA
[2001- ] BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE: Assistant Professor, Fall, 2001 – Present
Original Seminars
Spanish 404: “Cervantes”: Focus on Don Quijote. The course is focused on guided close readings of Cervantes’s most famous work. However it also addresses the author’s biography, an overview of his literary production and its literary and historical context. Aspects central to our approach are hypertextuality (and other forms of intertextuality), genre distinctions, and integrated themes such as dualism, truth and fiction, honor, courtly love and sanity versus madness.
Spanish 497, Senior Seminar — “Don Quixote’s Library”: Sample readings from works named as constituents of the infamous library are coordinated with key chapters and passages from the Quijote. Although the generic focal point is the books of chivalry, a variety of genres, discourses and media are considered. The latest course revision reads from an emphasized view of censure and politics, including pointed issues shared by Cervantes’s and our time connected with Islam.
[2001- ] CANISIUS COLLEGE: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Spring, 2001
Spanish Language and Civilization Courses
[1999- ] WESTERN STATE COLLEGE OF COLORADO: Assistant Professor, Fall, 1999-Spring, 2000
Spanish Language, Literature, Civilization and Film Courses
[1998- ] UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER: Visiting Assistant Professor, Fall, 1998-Spring, 1999
Spanish Language, Literature and Culture Courses
[1997] STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BUFFALO: Lecturer, Fall, 1997
Spanish 317, Peninsular Survey, Part I: Middle Ages – 1700: A thematically focused exploration of representative prose, drama and poetry of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Spain. Cultural context emphasized for comparison among works. Class discussion centered on literary themes determined by ecclesiastical, feudal and monarchical structures.

 

PUBLICACIONES
[1998] “That French Enchanter in King Alfonso’s Court: Merlin in the 108th Cantiga de Santa Maria.” Bulletin of the Cantigueiros de Santa Maria. Vol. X. Spring, 1998: 51-60.
[1999] “Movie Merlins of the 1980s and 1990s.” King Arthur on Film: New Essays on Arthurian Cinema. Ed. Kevin J. Harty. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999. 141-66. ISBN: 0-7864-0152-4.
[2000] “The Spanish Viviens of El baladro del sabio Merlín and Benjamín Jarnés’s Viviana y Merlín: From Femme Fatale to Femme Vitale.” Arthuriana. Vol. 10:1. Spring, 2000. 82-93.
[2001] Book Review: The Endless Text: Don Quixote and the Hermeneutics of Romance. By Edward Dudley. Albany: SUNY P, 1997. Arthuriana. Vol. 11:3. Fall, 2001. 119-21.
[2002] “Alchemical Symbolism in Two Key Interpolations from the Spanish Baladro del sabio Merlín.” Archetypal Readings of Medieval Literature. Studies in Medieval Literature No. 22. Eds. Christine Herold & Charlotte Spivack. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2002. 93-124.
[2003] “Merlin in Spanish Literature.” Merlin: A Casebook. Arthurian Casebooks Reference Series. Eds. Peter H. Goodrich & Raymond H. Thompson. Series Ed. Norris J. Lacy. New York: Garland, July, 2003. 197-218. ISBN: 0-8153-0658-X.
[2004] “The Filmic Quixote of The Fisher King.” Selected proceedings from Hofstra University’s interdisciplinary conference on Spanish literary themes in world arts. Ed. Zenia Sacks-DaSilva. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2004. 121-31. ISBN: 0-275-98090.
[2004] Book Review. Invited by editor to review Cátedra & Rodríguez Velasco, Creación y difusión de El baladro del sabio Merlín. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. Vol. 81-3. July, 2004. 404-05.
[2005] “Montes, Graciela;” “Cunqueiro, Alvaro;” “Dale, Heather;” “Jarnés, Benjamín.” Four separate Arthurian Encyclopedia supplement entries. In Arthurian Literature. No. 22. Eds. Keith Busby & Roger Dalrymple. Series Ed. Norris J. Lacy. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer. November, 2005. 115; 133; 148. ISBN: 1-84384-062-6.
[2005] “Merlin in Spanish Literature (Golden Age).” In Arthurian Encyclopedia supplement entry. In Arthurian Literature. No. 22. Eds. Keith Busby & Roger Dalrymple. Series Ed. Norris J. Lacy. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer. November, 2005. 145-46. ISBN: 1-84384-062-6.
[2006] “Hispanic Arthurian Scholarship.” In A Concise History of Arthurian Scholarship. Ed. Norris J. Lacy. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 2006. 179-89. ISBN: 1-84384-069-3.
[2008] “Representations of the Grail in Hispanic Medieval Texts.” Descriptions in Appendix Table of The Grail, the Quest and the World of Arthur. Ed. Norris J. Lacy. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer. Forthcoming.

 

ENCUENTROS CIENTÍFICOS
[1996] “That French Enchanter in King Alfonso’s Court: Merlin in the Spanish Cantigas de Santa Maria.” Paper presented at New York College English Association Conference. Daemen College, Buffalo. Fall, 1996.
[1997] “The Spanish Viviens of the Medieval Baladro del sabio Merlín & of Bemjamín Jarnés’s Viviana y Merlín: From Femme Fatale to Femme Vitale.” Paper presented at Northeast MLA. Philadelphia. Spring, 1997.
[1998] “Identities & Ideologies: Movie Merlins of the 80s & 90s.” Paper presented by invitation at 33rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo. Spring, 1998.
[1999] “Generations.” Keynote address presented by invitation to Spanish Granduate Student Association Symposium, in honor of Professors Edward Dudley & Mireya Camurati. SUNY Buffalo, Spring, 1999.
[1999] “Grail Knight Incognito: An Unsuspected Filmic Perceval.” Paper presented by invitation at 34th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo. Spring, 1999.
[1999] “The Filmic Quixote of The Fisher King or Sancho as Radio Talk-Show Host.” Paper presented at conference on Hispanic literary themes in world arts. Hofstra University, Hempstead. Fall, 1997. Reprise presentation at special session in honor of Edward Dudley at “Convergencias” conference SUNY Buffalo. Spring, 1999.
[2001] “Dangerous Chemistry: The Spanish Merlin’s Alchemical Love Story.” Paper presented at 16th International Conference on Medievalism, Buffalo State College. Fall, 2001.
[2002] “The Santiago Pilgrimage: Sights, Sounds & Images from the Cantigas de Sta. Mª.” Paper presented at the 37th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo. Spring, 2002.
[2002] “Knighthood as Seen by Cary Grant’s Grail-Girl: Medieval & Modern Chivalry in People Will Talk.” Paper presented at the 55th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington. Spring, 2002.
[2002] “Alchemical Risks: Explosive Love Stories of El sabio Merlín.” Paper presented at the tri-annual Congress of the International Arthurian Society. University of Wales, Bangor. Summer, 2002.
[2003] “Ladies & Enchantresses: Merlin Surrounded, Reflected, or Just Plain Finished?” Paper presented at the 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo. Spring, 2003.
[2004] “Oriana Over (K)Night, or The Woman on Top in Amadis de Gaula.” Paper presented at the 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo. May, 2004.
[2005] “El baladro del sabio Merlín: Images and Text of the 1498 Burgos Incunable.” Paper presented at the tri-annual Congress of the International Arthurian Society. University of Utrecht, Holland. Summer, 2005.
[2007] “Death and the “Encantador” : Merlin’s Demise in the Spanish Baladro del sabio Merlín.” Paper presented at the 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo. May, 2007.
[2007] “The Grail, the Quest, and the World of King Arthur.” Conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania State University Center for Medieval Studies. Invited to attend by organizers. Assisted in arranging Arthurian musical performance for the Friday banquet. State College, March, 2007.

 

ASOCIACIONES
[1995-Present] Iberian Medievalists’ Association of North America
[2004-Present] International Society of Merlin’s Associates/ Sociéte Internacional des amis de Merlin
[1995-Present] Cervantes Society of America
[1995-Present] International Arthurian Society, North American Branch

 

FUTUROS PROYECTOS DE INTERÉS ARTÚRICO
Dissertation undergoing revision. Book proposal under consideration by Boydell & Brewer / Tamesis.
“Wild and Dangerous: Natural Elements in Merlin’s Love and Death.” Accepted for presentation at the 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo. May 7-10, 2009.
Three Book reviews in progress on request from Book Review Editor (Medieval) of Arthurian, Journal of the International Arthurian Society, North American Branch.

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