Lyle Dechant is a PhD Candidate in the History of Art at Yale University. His dissertation examines the frontispieces of the Codex Manesse as evidence of immersive modes of reading among elite secular bibliophiles around the year 1300. In addition to the role played by images in the history of reading, he is also interested in the secular court as a locus of art patronage and consumption, and visual manifestations of courtly love and eroticism. Lyle was a Richard J. Franke Fellow at Yale University, and has also received awards from the University of Oregon, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of New Mexico. Most recently he won the 2016 Emerging Scholar Award from the International Society of Courtly Literature. Lyle currently teaches Art History at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He has also worked as a museum director in rural Montana.