Denise K. Filios is an Associate Professor in the in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Performing Women in the Middle Ages: Sex, Gender, and the Iberian Lyric. Her teaching and research interests include medieval Spanish literature, women in literature, performance, and North African-Spanish cultural contacts from 711 to the present. She is currently developing a project on depictions of Al-Andalus in North American, Spanish, and North African historiography and literature. "Expulsion from Paradise"