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A native of Egypt, Eglal Doss-Quinby earned her Ph.D. in medieval French literature at New York University. She joined the faculty of Smith College in 1988.
Her field of specialization is Old French lyric poetry. Working alone or in collaboration with philologists and musicologists, she has published six books: « Sottes chansons contre Amours »: parodie et burlesque au Moyen Âge (Honoré Champion, 2014, 2010), Cultural Performances in Medieval France: Essays in Honor of Nancy Freeman Regalado (Boydell & Brewer, 2007), The Old French Ballette: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 308 (Droz, 2006), Songs of the Women Trouvères (Yale University Press, 2001), The Lyrics of the Trouvères: A Research Guide (1994), and Les refrains chez les trouvères du XIIe siècle au début du XIVe (1984). Her articles, translations, and reviews have appeared in leading journals in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently collaborating on a critical edition of the music and texts of one of the richest collections of thirteenth-century French polyphony, The Motets of the Noailles Chansonnier (A-R Editions, 2016).
Professor Doss-Quinby regularly teaches Women Writers of the French Middle Ages, Language and Identity, and Global French: The Language of Business and International Trade. She last served as Chair of the Department of French Studies in 2011-2014. She last directed the Smith College Junior Year in Paris Program in 2007–2008 and the Medieval Studies Program in 2006–2007.