2013–2014

Rewriting the Human in 12th-Century France: Matter, Form, Time

Medieval Literature/French/Latin

This project will involve a vast bibliography, and I could use help in creating and updating it. But more than that, the project would benefit from the perspective of an advanced undergraduate who could point out where my ideas are obscure or gaps in my thinking. I very much enjoy working with students, and I would be thrilled to collaborate with a student throughout the year.

There are several ways a student could help me with this project, depending on his/her background and interests. Any advanced student would be able to help me expand the bibliography using various online and print bibliographical resources. The student could complete specific reading/abstract-writing tasks—in other words, read critical articles and summarize them for me. If the student has the linguistic skills to read (or learn) Old French or Medieval Latin, I would be delighted to work with him/her on specific medieval texts, reading and translating them together and bouncing ideas off each other. A student with a background in philosophy or history could help me in contextualizing the project by completing some research tasks independently. (For example, I could give the student a specific question to answer for me, or ask him/her to research a given medieval school.) In all cases, I would acknowledge the student's help in published work. I would also be willing to consider coauthoring a journal article with a student. The languages of the primary sources and scholarship that I will be exploiting in this project are French, Latin, and German. The student should have a good command of at least one of those languages, and French would be the most useful.

The student will continue to develop research skills—becoming familiar with bibliographical resources available in this field and learning to read scholarship efficiently—to summarize and critique it. A student with particular interest in medieval literature, history, or philosophy would be able to expand his/her knowledge of those fields. A student interested in working on medieval sources would have the chance to acquire (or polish) the necessary philological skills (learning to read Old French or Medieval Latin, learning to read from facsimiles of manuscripts, etc.).