Graduate Student
Program: French and Francophone Studies
Female Fictions: Narrating gendered movement in Old French verse romance
Current Student

I am a third-year PhD student studying medieval French literature with Prof. Daisy Delogu. My current research interests are centered on notions of movement, place and space (both physical and social) in French vernacular literature of the 12th and 13th centuries. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which men and women are represented in terms of, or allowed, different kinds of movement and spatial existences, and how this might intersect with the possibilities offered by different kinds of narratives. In other words, what is the relationship between narrative movement and movement within narrative, and how does this affect what kinds of stories are told, and about whom? More generally, I am interested in how narrative constructs fictional worlds, and in what fiction can tell us about how different spaces – geographic, built, social, urban, environmental, etc. – might be perceived.

Likewise, I enjoy considering questions of time and narrative, and have done work examining the temporal structure of the Roman de la Rose, as well as representations of the past and antique authority in the Roman d’Alexandre. These remain ongoing projects.