Romance Languages and Literatures

Aden Kumler

Associate Professor of Art History and the College


Cochrane-Woods Art Center 252

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  • PhD, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
  • MA, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
  • BA, General Studies in Humanities, University of Chicago


Program(s): French and Francophone Studies

Research Interests

Western medieval art, architecture & material culture; manuscript illumination & manuscript studies, including codicology & paleography; visual modes of theological discourse; semiotics, medieval & modern; allegory and allegoresis; the history of materials & materiality; numismatics & sigillography; the medieval Eucharist and its theorizations.

Selected Publications

  • Translating Truth: Ambitious Images and Religious Knowledge in Late Medieval France and England (New Haven: YaleUniversity Press, 2011).Awarded a Medieval Academy of America Book Subvention (one of three subventions competitively awarded each year) 
  • “The Multiplication of the Species: Eucharistic Morphology in the Middle Ages,”RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics 59/60 (2011).
  • “‘The Genealogy of Jean le Blanc’: Accounting for the Materiality of the Medieval Eucharist,” in Shaping Objects: Art, Materials, Making, and Meanings, Christy Anderson, Anne Dunlop, and Pamela Smith, eds. [forthcoming]
  • “Translating ma dame de Saint-Pol: The privilege & predicament of the devotee in Paris, BnF, MS naf 4338,” in Translating the Middle Ages, Karen Fresco & Charles Wright, eds. [forthcoming]
  • “Faire translater, faire historier: Charles V’s Bible historiale (Houghton Library, fMS Typ. 555) and the Visual Rhetoric of Vernacular Sapience,” Studies in Iconography, 29 (2008): 90-135. 

Work in Progress

  • The Multiplication of the Species: Medieval Economies of Form, Accident and Substance [current book project]
  • “The ordeal of substance: Eucharistic theology on the bloody Rue des Billettes (1290)”