Jacqueline Victor

Humanities Teaching Fellow
jgvictor@uchicago.edu
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2020

Jacqueline Victor received her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago in 2020 and is now a Humanities Teaching Fellow. In addition to teaching, she is currently working on two book projects. The first is a continuation of her dissertation, which was entitled “Female Fictions: Gender and Adventure in 12th and 13th Century Old French Romance.” This project reexamines the Old French romance genre – the literary foundation for the enduring narrative models of the knight and lady – on the basis of female adventure. It challenges a predominant view of romance that solely privileges the male protagonist, showing that models for female adventure not only exist in romance, but are numerous, serving as sites for the interrogation of gender and the transformation of the knightly model. Jacqueline’s work looks at how these models function within individual texts and across the genre, how both gender and adventure are consciously constructed as narrative elements, and how these models for female adventure and protagonism enable us to reevaluate narrative theories of subjectivity that are traditionally built around the notion of the “male individual.”

Her second project is a critical edition and English language translation of an early 15th-century French work, The Book Called the Canarian (or simply, The Canarian), which she is working on in collaboration with a colleague, Joe Stadolnik. The Canarian recounts a French expedition to the Canary Islands in 1402. This will be the first English-language edition of this work since 1872 and will be intended for both scholarly and pedagogical use.

In addition to her current research, Jacqueline has an article forthcoming in the journal Exemplariaentitled “Time and the Reader of the Roman de la Rose”; she has translated numerous articles for the Oxford University Press; she is a founding member of the Lexicon Project; and is a postdoctoral affiliate at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.

Recent courses in RLL

  • FREN 10100 Beginning Elementary French I (Autumn 2017)
  • FREN 14100 French for Romance Language Speakers (Autumn 2018)
  • FREN 20100 French Language, History, and Culture I (Winter 2021)
  • FREN 20200 French Language, History, and Culture II (Spring 2021)
  • FREN 23219 The Medieval Mediterranean (Winter 2019)
  • FREN 23333/33333 Reading French for Research Purposes (Autumn 2020)