Alison Taufer

Professor Alison Taufer
College of Arts and Letters
Department of English
Email: ataufer@exchange.calstatela.edu

ALISON D. TAUFER

Department of English

California State University, Los Angeles

5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, Calif.  90032

EDUCATION

Ph.D.    Comparative Literature, June 1988

University of California, Los Angeles

M.A.     Comparative Literature, June 1984

University of California, Los Angeles

B.A.      English Literature, May 1980 (Magna cum Laude)

Loyola Marymount University

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2001-Present                 Professor of English, California State University, Los Angeles

1996-2001                     Associate Professor of English, California State University, Los Angeles

1990-1996                     Assistant Professor of English, California State University, Los Angeles

1988-1990                     Assistant Professor of English and Spanish, St. John's Seminary College

1986-1987                     Lecturer, Loyola Marymount University English Department

1982-1986                     Teaching Assistant, Comparative Literature, UCLA

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Ireland and Scotland in Twayne’s English Authors Series, Renaissance. General Editor, Arthur Kinney. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1999

Articles, Essays, and Reviews

The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed's Chronicles, (Edited by Paulina Kewes, Ian W. Archer, and Felicity Heal) book review in Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History (forthcoming)

“Geoffrey Fenton” in The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature, Ed. Garrett A. Sullivan and Alan Stewart (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

Floridoro by Moderata Fonte” book review in The Medieval Review (November 16, 2008)

The Medieval Garden by Silvia Landsberg” book review in The Medieval Review. (February 12, 2005)

Merlin and the Grail: Joseph of Arimathea, Merlin, Perceval: The Trilogy of Prose Romances Attributed to Robert de Boron, translated by Nigel Bruce” book review in The Medieval Review. (September 27, 2002)

"Shakespeare Who?" Performing Arts Magazine, 35.5 (May 2001)

"Saint Augustine of Canterbury" and "Cunobelinus" for the Encyclopedia of the Ancient World (Salem Press, Inc., November 2001)

"Dorothy Brown's Christian Humanism in the Late English Morality Plays," book review in The Medieval Review. (November 5, 2000)

"Charles Ross' The Custom of the Castle: From Malory to Macbeth," book review in Sixteenth Century Journal, XXVIII. 4 (1997)

"Louise Mirrer's Women, Jews, & Muslims in the Texts of Reconquest Castile," book review in The Medieval Review. (January 1997)

"Louis Chu," "Bienvenido Santos," "Cathy Song," in the Asian American Encyclopedia. Ed. John Wilson (Marshall Cavendish Press, 1995)

"Sui Sin Far," co-written with Nechelle Wong for the Asian American Encyclopedia. Ed. John Wilson (Marshall Cavendish Press, 1995)

"Geoffrey Fenton," in the Sixteenth Century British Non-Dramatic Writers volume of the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Ed. David A. Richardson (Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 1994)

"Memory and Desire: the Search for Community in Two Asian-American Texts," Asian America: A Journal for Culture and the Arts 2 (1993): 64-81.

 "The Only Good Amazon is a Converted Amazon: The Woman Warrior and Christianity in the Amadis Cycle," in Playing with Gender: A Renaissance Pursuit Ed. Jean R. Brink et al. (University of Illinois Press, 1991)

PRESENTATIONS and CONFERENCES

 “Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Tirso de Molina’s El condenado por desconfiado: A Question of Contrition,” 2011 Conference on Modernity, Critique, and Humanism, California State University, February 12-13, 2011

Panel Chair, “Politicizing Romance,” Medieval Association of the Pacific Conference, UCLA, March 2-3, 2007

 “Shakespeare’s Romantic Comedies.” A lecture given through the Elderhostel Program at Southern Oregon University, September 19, 2005

 “Teaching Richard III.”  Keynote Lecturer for the Shakespeare Festival/LA program “Will Power to Schools 2004.” May 2004

"Charity or Chastity? Virtue Rewarded in Fenton's Certain Tragical Discourses" Renaissance Conference of Southern California, Huntington Library, San Marino, May 17-18, 2002

Panel Chair, "Popular Culture in Shakespeare's Drama," Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 7-10, 2001

Panel Chair, "Contemporizing Shakespeare," Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 7-10, 2001

Panel Chair, "Preview of Coming Shakespeares: Trailers for the Bard's Feature Films" Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 7-10, 2001

"'Extraordinary Enormities and Monstrous Doings:' Holinshed's 1577 Chronicles and Mary, Queen of Scots," Renaissance Conference of Southern California, Huntington Library, San Marino, May 19-20, 2000

 “Cymbeline" for the "Symposia Within 2000" series, Luckman Theater, California State University, Los Angeles, April 26, 2000         

"From Classics Illustrated to Cult Comix: Shakespeare and the Sandman," Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 9-12, 2000

"'A Most Rare Vision:' Shakespeare in the Comix," The Ninth Annual California State University Shakespeare Symposium, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, November 19-20, 1999

Panel Chair, "The Ailing Body," The Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, University of California, Los Angeles, March 25-27, 1999

Panel Chair, Session III, Eighth Annual California State University Shakespeare Symposium, California State University, San Bernardino, February 12-13, 1999

"Scholar, Teacher, Traitor, Spy: The Curious Metamorphosis of Edmund Campion in Holinshed's Chronicles (1577/1587)," Renaissance Conference of Southern California, Huntington Library, San Marino, May 8-9, 1998

"Edmund Campion: Author as Text in Holinshed's Chronicles," Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Annual Conference, San Jose State University, November 7-9, 1997

"Beyond the Pale: Irish Identity in Holinshed's Chronicles," Third Annual Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, Tempe, Arizona, February 13-15, 1997

Panel Chair, Session III, "Renaissance Visual Images," Renaissance Conference of Southern California, Huntington Library, San Marino, May 9-10, 1997

“Doubling Ireland: Stanyhurst, Hooker and Holinshed's Chronicles," Southwest Regional Renaissance Conference, Huntington Library, San Marino, May 10-11, 1996

Panel Chair, Session III. Fourth Annual Teaching the Renaissance Symposium, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, February 3, 1996

Panel Participant, "How Does Critical Theory Inform Our Teaching?" Session IV. Fourth Annual Teaching the Renaissance Symposium, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, February 3, 1996

Panel Chair, Session I, "Performance Exercises for Shakespeare Courses," Third Annual Symposium on Teaching the Renaissance, Occidental College, Los Angeles, February 4, 1995

Panel Chair, Session III, Second Annual Symposium on Teaching the Renaissance, California State University, San Bernardino, January 29, 1994

"Communities on the Margin: Women and Culture in the Jacobean Court." 86th Annual Conference of the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, August 11-14, 1993

Panel Chair, "Shakespearean Performance," Third Annual California State University Shakespeare Symposium, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, November 19-20, 1993

“‘Mon heur viendra:’ Geoffrey Fenton's Political Aspirations and the Certain Tragical Discourses." Renaissance Society of America Conference, University of Missouri, Kansas City, April 15-17, 1993

Panel Chair, Session III, "Gendered Discourses," Renaissance Conference of Southern California, Huntington Library, San Marino, May 7-8, 1993

Panel Chair, Session IV, "Women (Re)Shaping Genres," Renaissance Conference of Southern California, Huntington Library, May 8-9, 1992

"Language, Memory and Desire: The Search for Community in Louis Chu's Eat a Bowl of Tea and Bienvenido Santos" The Scent of Apples," Asian American Studies Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara, April 1991

Panel Chair, Session II, "Chivalry as Cultural Code," Renaissance Conference of Southern California, May 1991

"Honor, Gender and Power: The Woman Warrior in the Amadis Cycle," Northern California Renaissance Conference, San Jose State University, April 1989

"Amazon Queens and Female Knights: An Analysis of the Woman Warrior in the Amadis Cycle," Southwest Regional Renaissance Conference, Huntington Library, San Marino, April 1989

"The Only Good Amazon is a Converted Amazon: The Woman Warrior and Christianity in Sixteenth-Century Chivalric Texts," Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University, October, 1987

"The Female Knight in Medieval History and Literature," Western Association of Women Historians Conference, University of California, Davis, May 1987

"Beatriz Bernal and the Chivalric Tradition in Sixteenth-Century Literature," Southwest Regional Renaissance Conference, Huntington Library, San Marino, April 1986

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2000-2001         Chair and organizer of the "Shakespeare in Popular Culture" Area of the                                                    Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

1996                 Co-organizer of the Sixth Annual California State University Shakespeare                                                  Symposium, California State University, Los Angeles, November 22-23, 1996

1993-1994         President, Renaissance Conference of Southern California

1994                 Program Committee, Renaissance Conference of Southern California, May 1994

1992-1993         First Vice-President, Renaissance Conference of Southern California

1993                 Program Committee, Renaissance Conference of Southern California, May 1993

1993                 Co-founder and organizer of the First Annual Symposium on Teaching the

Renaissance, California State University, Los Angeles, January 30, 1993

1991-1992         Second Vice-President, Renaissance Conference of Southern California

1992                 Program Committee, Renaissance Conference of Southern California, May 1992

1990-1991         Secretary-Treasurer, Renaissance Conference of Southern California

1991                 Program Committee, Renaissance Conference of Southern California, May 1991