I am a PhD candidate in French, ABD, specializing in medieval literature. My areas of research include literature of the 12th-15th centuries, gender, the medieval Mediterranean, manuscript studies and the digital humanities. I am writing on mobile, adventuring female protagonists in 12th- and 13th-century Old French romance.
Dissertation: Female Fictions: Narrating gendered movement in Old French verse romance
Recent Courses in RLL
FREN 14100 French for Romance Language Speakers
This course helps students quickly gain skills in spoken and written French by building on their prior working knowledge of another Romance language (Catalan, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish). By relying on the many similarities with other Romance languages, students can focus on mastering the different aspects of French. This class covers content from FREN 10100 and 10200.
20100 in another Romance language or instructor’s consent.
FREN 23219 The Medieval Mediterranean
In this course we will be looking at the medieval Mediterranean world from the perspective of French literature of the 12th and 13th centuries. In direct contrast to an understanding of the Middle Ages as a time of cultural isolation and homogeneity, we will be considering some of the many points of contact between medieval France and other Mediterranean geographies, cultures, and peoples. Our readings will take us to such places as Greece and Rome, Constantinople, Cairo, Syria, Jerusalem, and Spain. The emphasis will be on texts that present these trans-Mediterranean relationships in complex and varied ways. Texts will be selected from a variety of genres, including poetry, epic, and romance, and we will also look at medieval art and art objects.
FREN 20500 or 20503. Course is taught in French. All of the Old French texts will be available in modern French translations.
FREN 10100 Beginning Elementary French-I
This three-quarter sequence is intended for beginning and beginning/intermediate students in French. It provides students with a solid foundation in the basic patterns of spoken and written French (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, phonetics, sociocultural norms) to develop their speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills. Although the three classes constitute a sequence, there is enough review and recycling at every level for students to enter the sequence whenever it is appropriate for them based on placement exam results.
This course is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of French and for those who need an in-depth review of the very basic patterns of the language.
FREN 23333/FREN 33333 Reading French for Research Purposes
This intensive course is designed to take students with a basic knowledge of French to the level of reading proficiency needed for research. To that end, students will work on grammar, vocabulary, and reading strategies. Students will read a range of scholarly texts, a number of which will be directly drawn from their respective areas of research.
Consent of Instructor