Literary Criticism


Love Words: The Self and the Text in Medieval and Renaissance Poetry. Cornell University Press, 1982.



"Amador and Chantador: The Lover and the Poet in the Cansos of Bernart de Ventadorn,” Philological Quarterly 53: 10-23.

"Petrarch's Courtly and Christian Vocabularies: Language in Canzoniere 61-63," Romance Notes 15: 527-31.

"The Evolution of the Poet in Ronsard's Sonnet Sequences," Mosaic 11, part 1:27-49.

"Astrophel: Full of Desire, Emptie of Wit," English Language Notes 14: 251-56.

"The Evolution of the Poet in Petrarch's Canzoniere," Philological Quarterly 57: 23-45.


Article applying my book Love Words, by another scholar:

Chaffee-Sorace, Diane, "Mariann Sanders Regan's New Poetic Theory as Applied to Early Spanish Amorous Verse." Philological Quarterly 65:1 (Winter 1986), 1-21.

This fine article summarizes my theory of poetics in Love Words and expertly applies that theory to the lyrics of Spanish medieval, pre-Renaissance, and Renaissance poets: Fernando de Herrera, Francisco de Aldana, San Juan de la Cruz, Juan Ruiz, the Marqués de Santillana, and Garcilaso de la Vega. I feel humbled and honored by the attention of this colleague.