Bachelor, University Colorado, 1967. Master of Arts, University Colorado, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, Brown University, 1978.
Mellon fellow, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1978-1979; assistant professor, U. Kentucky, Lexington, 1982-1988; associate professor, U. Kentucky, Lexington, 1988-1991; department chair, U. Kentucky, Lexington, since 1991.
Member Modern Language Association (south regional delegate since 1990), Lessing Society, J.K. Wezel Society.
Married Sylvie Solard, March, 1975 (divorced March 1976). 1 child, Ursula.