John M. Woodruff holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from The University of Alabama, an M.A. in Spanish/Latin-American Studies also from The University of Alabama, and a distinctive B.A.U.H. in Spanish/Mathematics from the University of Montevallo.
A specialist in Spanish-American colonial texts, Dr. Woodruff’s interdisciplinary analysis of the eighteenth century Maya text commonly known as Popol Vuh draws upon critical theory of paratext, marginalia, and rhetoric. He is the only scholar to apply modern marginalia theory to Popol Vuh and his most recent publication looks at marginal annotations and modal shifts to expose an unacknowledged authorial entity within the first folio recto. Other areas of interest and study include Maya anthropology, the Cuban missile crisis, and the Generation of 1927 poets and dramatists. More recently, Dr. Woodruff has taken an interest in gender law and policy.
In addition to his formal academic inquiry, Dr. Woodruff is presently authoring a novel, a collection of evocative short stories, and a textbook. He is also the author of various workflow automation utilities including Excellent Grades, FormMail++ and CalTX.
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Although arguably irrelevant or unrealistic to the web, all pertinent available rights are reserved. In general, copyright only applies to forms of expression of an idea—not to the idea itself. Anyone may make fair use of the content of this site. The supplemental print css dramatically improves the utility of the content by removing headers and menus. Since these “brandings” will not appear on paper, it is requested that the URL header or footer inserted by a browser at the time of printing be left intact if content is to be (re)distributed in paper, PDF, XPS, or image format. Material concerning Popol Vuh is inherently proprietary and proper attribution should be made if used by or for third-party research. FormMail++ is available according to the licensing terms stated in the file distribution.
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