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Individual Faculty Research Profile—Connie Scarborough, Ph.D.

Literature and Culture Research Interests

The Literature and languages of medieval Spain, especially the works produced at the court of Alfonso X, El Sabio (13th century). I also work with applications of feminist theories, reader-response criticisms and applications of ecocriticism to works of Medieval Spain. My most recent book, A Holy Alliance: Alfonso's Political Use of Marian Poetry, was published in 2009.

Journal and Book Series Edited, and Editorial Board Memberships:

  • Co-Editor of Bulletin of the Cantigueiros de Santa Maria (1991 - 2000) - formerly Associate and Managing Editor (1987-1991)
  • Editorial Board of Exemplaria Hispánica
  • Associate Editor of Estudios alfonsinos y otros escritos . New York: National Endowment for the Humanities/National Hispanic Foundation for the Humanities, 1991.
  • Reader for Cincinnati Romance Review (1992-present)
  • Executive Editor, Cincinnati Romance Review (1999-2006)
  • Editorial Board: Medieval Perspectives (2009-present)
  • Editorial Board: The COASTL Review (2007-present)

Prizes and Honors:

  • Sigma Delta Pi - National Spanish Honorary. President of Auburn University Chapter (1974-75)
  • Alpha Mu Gamma - National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society
  • Phi Sigma Iota - Foreign Language International Honor Society
  • Pi Sigma Alpha - National Political Science Honorary
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Beta Kappa - University of Kentucky (April 1980)

External Funding:

  • Grant from the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States Universities for $1500 to prepare an edition and critical study of Castigos y dotrinas que un sabio daba a sus hijas (Escorial ms. a.IV.5.) - 1993
  • Assistant Director of NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, "The Contributions of Alfonso el Sabio to the Teaching of Medieval Spanish Literature to College Undergraduates" (Lexington, Kentucky, June 11 - July 20, 1990) - total grant of $188,030
  • American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant ($500) to present a paper, “Rhetorical Device and Cultural Agenda in the Cantigas de Santa Maria ,” at the Eighth Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 26 - August 1, 1995
  • Grant from Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States' Universities, $2000 to catalogue “Spanish Manuscripts Housed in Ireland at Trinity College (Dublin), the Franciscan Library (Killiney), and St. Patrick's College (Maynooth)” - December 1996
  • National Endowment for the Humanities -- $3500 to attend the 1996 Summer Institute at the Newberry Library, Chicago, “Spanish and Hispanic-American Archival Sciences” (June 24 - August 2, 1996), Director - Consuelo Varela, Senior Researcher, Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos, Sevilla, Spain
  • Grant from Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, $975 to research “Theatrical Presentation of Celestina : A Viable Editon for the Stage - December 2003

Internal Funding:

The following internal funding was at the University of Cincinnati:

  • Taft Summer Research Grant (1992) - University of Cincinnati - $4000 to complete a book manuscript, Women in Thirteenth-Century Spain as Portrayed by Alfonso X's Cantigas de Santa Maria (published in 1993)
  • Taft Memorial Fund Travel Grant ($1,419.50) to present a paper, “Untidy Tragedy in Celestina ” at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England (July 14-17, 1997)
  • Taft Memorial Fund Travel Grant ($2000) to present a paper, "Una aplicación inicial de las teorías de la recepción a las Cantigas de Santa Maria ," at the IV Jornadas Internacionales de Literatura Española Medieval, Buenos Aires, Argentina - August 1993
  • Taft Memorial Fund Travel Grant ($1,655) to present a paper, “Santa María Egipçiaca: La vitalidad de la leyenda en castellano,” at the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, Birmingham, Great Britain, August 20-26, 1995
  • Faculty Travel Grant, Center for Women's Studies, University of Cincinnati ($370) for registration and accommodation expenses at the Eighth Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 26 - August 1, 1995
  • Taft Memorial Fund Travel Grant ($877.81) to present a paper, “The Dramatic Implications of Mary as Animated Icon in the Cantigas de Santa Maria ” at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, July 8-11, 1996
  • Taft Memorial Fund Travel Grant to present paper, “La avaricia como primer motor en la Tragicomedia de C
  • Taft Travel Grant – travel to the International Congress in Leeds, England, July 2005. $1141.00.
  • UC International Programs. $1000 to develop and direct "Multi-Cultural Brazil" Study Tour (Summer 2006)
  • Taft Domestic Travel Grant - travel to the International Symposium on the History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, May 2007, $410.10
  • Taft Domestic Travel Grant - travel to present paper at the 34th Annual Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, October 2008, $510.00
  • alisto y Melibea ” at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England (July 12-15, 1999)
  • Faculty Development Grant – intensive study in Portuguese language – Belo Horizonte, Brazil. July 2004.

Professional Association Offices Held:

  • Elected Member of Delegate Assembly of Modern Language Association (1988-1990). Candidate for Executive Council (1989). Candidate to Executive Committee for the Division of Spanish Medieval Language and Literature (1990).
  • Elected to the Executive Board of the Southeastern Medieval Association - 2009