Curriculum vitae

WS croppedFaculty Appointments

2017-22  Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities
2017-21  Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows
2014        Domna C. Stanton Collegiate Professorship
2012-       Appointment as Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
2006-09   Senior Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows
2003-       Professor of French and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
2001-03   Associate Professor of French and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
1999-01   Associate Professor of French, University of Michigan
1993-99   Assistant Professor of French, University of Illinois, Chicago
1992-93   Visiting Assistant Professor of French, University of Illinois, Chicago
1988         Instructor in French, Northern Illinois University

Administrative Appointments

2017-22   Director, Institute for the Humanities
2016-17   Director, Medieval and Early Modern Studies
2015-17   Coordinator, Michigan Humanities Collaboratory
2012-14   Director of Graduate Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures
2011-12   Faculty Coordinator, Summer Research Opportunity Program in  the Humanities
2006-11   Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives, Rackham Graduate School
2003-06   Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
2002-03   Fellow, CIC Academic Leadership Program
2001-03   Director of Graduate Studies, Women’s Studies Program
1989-92   Assistant Director, Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies


1989        Ph.D. in French Literature, Yale University
1981        B.A. with honors in French, University of North Carolina

Grants and Awards

2018       Society for French Studies Visiting International Fellow (UK)
2015        J. Paul Getty Museum Scholar, Getty Research Institute
2015        John D’Arms Faculty Award for Distinguished Mentoring in the Humanities
2012        Distinguished Visiting Scholar, CMRS, UCLA
2012        Michigan Humanities Award (one-semester research leave)
2007        Distinguished Visitor, Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva, Israel
2006        Faculty Recognition Award, University of Michigan
2003        Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Award for Mentoring
2002        Rackham Graduate School Spring/Summer Research Grant
2001        Faculty Grant-in-Aid, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, U-Michigan
2000        Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, The Newberry Library
1999        James Randall Leader Prize for outstanding article of 1998 in Arthuriana
1999        Faculty Seed Grant, Center for Research on Women and Gender, UIC (declined)
1998-99   Project Head, High School to College Articulation Project (funded by MLA)
1998        Teaching Recognition Program Award, Council for Excellence in Teaching, UIC
1997-01   Junior University Scholar, University of Illinois
1997        Campus Research Board Grant, UIC
1996        ACLS Travel Grant
1994-95   Humanities Institute Fellowship, UIC
1994        Faculty Seed Grant, Center for Research on Women and Gender, UIC
1994        Campus Research Board Grant, UIC
1991        ACLS Travel Grant



In the Skin of a Beast: Sovereignty and Animality in Medieval France. 2017. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

In Search of the Christian Buddha. 2014. Co-author with Donald S. Lopez, Jr. NY: Norton.

Barlaam and Josaphat: A Christian Tale of the Buddha, a translation of Gui de Cambrai’s Barlaam et Josaphat. 2014. NY: Penguin (Penguin Classics).

Marie de France: A Critical Companion. 2012. Co-author, with Sharon Kinoshita. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer (Gallica).

Thinking through Chrétien de Troyes. 2011. Co-author, with Zrinka Stahuljak, Virginie Greene, Sarah Kay and Sharon Kinoshita. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer (Gallica).

The Curse of Eve, the Wound of the Hero: Blood, Gender, and Medieval Literature. 2003. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

The Romance of Adultery: Queenship and Sexual Transgression in Old French Literature. 1998. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

edited books/journal

From Beasts to Souls: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe. 2013. Co-editor, with E. Jane Burns. Notre Dame, In.: University of Notre Dame Press.

The Animal Turn in Medieval Studies.” 2011. Issue of Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 2.1. Co-editor, with Karl Steel.

Dead Lovers: Erotic Bonds and the Study of Premodern Europe. 2007. Co-editor, with Basil Dufallo. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Feminist Theory Reader [in Chinese]. 2007. Chief editor, with associate editors Ai Xiaoming and Ke Qianting. Guangxi: Guangxi Normal University Press.

Constructing Medieval Sexuality. 1997. Co-editor, with Karma Lochrie and James A. Schultz. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


“Fantastic Lactations: Fiction and Kinship in the French Middle Ages,” Anthropozoologica 51.1 (2017).

“The Wild Man and His Kin in Tristan de Nanteuil,” in L’homme et l’animal dans la France médiévale (XIIe-XVe s.). Human and Animal in Medieval France (12th-15th c.), ed. Irène Fabri-Tehranchi and Anna Russakoff (Atlanta and Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014), pp. 23-42.

“Nursing Animals and Cross-Species Intimacy,” in From Beasts to Souls: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe (Notre Dame, In.: Notre Dame University Press, 2013), pp. 39-64.

“Skin and Sovereignty in Guillaume de Palerne,” Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistiques 24 (2012): 361-75.

“The Human and the Floral,” in Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects, ed. Jeffrey J. Cohen (Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books, 2012), pp. 65-90.

co-author, with Karl Steel, “The Animal Turn: Into the Sea with the Fish-Knights of Perceforest,” Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 2.1 (2011): 88-100.

“Animals and Translation in the Lais of Marie de France,” Australian Journal of French Studies 46.3 (2009): 238-49.

“Love and Adultery: Arthur’s Affairs,” Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend, ed. Elizabeth Archibald and Ad Putter (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 188-200.

“Romance Captivities in the Context of Crusade: The Case of the Prose Lancelot,” PMLA 124.2 (2009): 576-82.

“Dying for Love in the Prose Lancelot: Masculinity and Death”  Entre Hommes: French and Francophone Masculinities in Culture and Theory, ed. Lewis C. Seifert and Todd Reiser. (Dover: University of Delaware Press, 2008), pp. 51-66.

“Courtly War in Cligès,” Arthuriana 18.3 (2008): 6-18.

“The Old French Vulgate Cycle,” The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature, ed. Simon Gaunt and Sarah Kay (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 35-47.

“Maternity and Chivalry after Chrétien: The Case of King Lot’s Wife,” Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes 14 (2007): 76-85.

“The Efficacy of Images: Mimesis and Miracles,” Yale French Studies 110 (2006): 47-57.

“The Amenorrhea of War,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 28.2 (Winter 2003): 625-43.

“Scandalizing Desire: Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Chroniclers,” Eleanor of Aquitaine, Lord and Lady, ed. Bonnie Wheeler and John Carmi Parsons (New York: Palgrave, 2003), pp. 247-63.

“Engendering Sacrifice: Blood, Lineage, and Infanticide in Old French Literature,” Speculum 77 (2002): 55-75.

“Chaste Subjects: Gender, Heroism, and Desire in the Grail Quest,” Queering the Middle Ages, ed. Glenn Burger and Steven Kruger (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001), pp. 123-42.

“The Curse of Eve: Female Bodies and Christian Bodies in Heloise’s Third Letter,” Listening to Heloise: The Voice of a Twelfth-Century Woman, ed. Bonnie Wheeler (New York: Saint Martin’s Press, 2000), pp. 217-31.

“Damsels and Severed Heads: More on Linking in the Perlesvaus,” in Por le soie amisté: Essays in Honor of Norris J. Lacy, ed. Keith Busby and Catherine M. Jones (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 2000), pp. 339-44.

“The Poetics of Sacrifice: Allegory and Myth in the Grail Quest,” Yale French Studies 95 (1999): 152-68.

“Mothers in the Grail Quest: Desire, Pleasure, and Conception,” Arthuriana 8.1 (1998): 35-48.
(Winner of the James Randall Leader Prize for outstanding article of 1998 in Arthuriana.)

“The Queen’s Secret: Adultery and Political Structure in the Feudal Courts of Old French Romance,” Romanic Review 86 (1995): 289-306.

“’The Boy who was a Girl’: Reading Gender in the Roman de Silence,” Romanic Review 85 (1994): 517-36.

“Silence and the Courtly Wife: Chrétien de Troyes’s Erec et Enide,” The Arthurian Yearbook III (1993): 105-24.

“Women and Medicine in Medieval French Narrative,” Exemplaria V.2 (1993): 239-62.

“The Body Politic and the Queen’s Adulterous Body in French Romance,” in Feminist Approaches to the Body in Medieval Literature, ed. Linda Lomperis and Sarah Stanbury (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992), pp. 38-64.


William M. Reddy, The Making of Romantic Love: Loon and Sexuality in Europe, South Aisa, and Japan, 900-1200CE (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), Journal of Asian Studies 72.3 (2013): 681-82.

Simon Gaunt, Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly Literature: Martyrs to Love (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), Encomia: Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Courtly Literature Society 28 (2006): 42-44.

Evelyn Birge Vitz, Nancy Freeman Regalado, and Marilyn Lawrence, eds., Performing Medieval Narrative (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2005), Arthuriana 16.1 (2006): 114-15.

Tracy Adams, Violent Passions: Managing Love in the Old French Verse Romance (New York: Palgrave, 2005), H-France Review Vol. 6 (May 2006), No. 50.

William Burgwinkle, Sodomy, Masculinity, and Law in Medieval Literature: France and England, 1050-1230 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), The Medieval Review 05.07.04 (July 7, 2005).

Virginie Greene, Le sujet et la mort dans La Mort Artu (Saint-Genouph: Nizet, 2002), Speculum 80.3 (2005) : 878-9.

Sylvia Huot, Madness in Medieval French Literature: Identities Lost and Found (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), Notes and Queries n.s. 52.1 (2005): 112-3.

Alain Boureau, The Lord’s First Night: The Myth of the Droit de Cuissage, trans. Lydia G. Cochrane (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), Journal of the History of Sexuality 9 (2000): 351-54.

Roger Pensom, Reading Béroul’s Tristan; A Poetic Narrative and the Anthropology of its Reception (Bern: Peter Lang, 1995), Romance Philology 52 (1999): 166-69.

Danièle James-Raoul, La parole empêchée dans la littérature arthurienne (Paris: Champion, 1997), Speculum 74 (1999): 191-93.

Helen Solterer, The Master and Minerva: Disputing Women in French Medieval Culture (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1995), and Simon Gaunt, Gender and Genre in Medieval French Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), Modern Philology 95.4 (1998): 513-9.

R.C. Famiglietti. Tales of the Marriage Bed from Medieval France (1300-1500) (Picardy Press, 1992), Chaucer Yearbook 3 (1996): 181-84.

M. Victoria Guerin, The Fall of Kings and Princes: Structure and Destruction in Arthurian Tragedy (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995), The Medieval Feminist Newsletter 22 (1996): 45-47.

Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, Shaping Romance (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994), The Medieval Feminist Newsletter 19 (1995): 31-32.

E. Jane Burns, Body Talk: When Women Speak in Old French Literature (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993), Speculum 70 (1995): 346-48.