Dr. Caroline Jewers

Associate Professor of French
Associate Director, KU SLLC
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2072
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


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(785) 864-9062


Ph.D University of Oregon, 1990, Comparative Literature
M.A. University of Oregon, 1987, Comparative Literature
M.A. Westfield College, University of London, 1985, Medieval Studies
M-es-Lettres, Lettres Modernes, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, 1984
B.A. (Hons) in French with Italian, University of Leicester, 1983


Caroline Jewers is an Associate Professor of French, and currently department chair, and the Associate Director of the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She comes from Hornchurch in Essex, on the outskirts of London. After completing her education in England, France, and the US, she moved to Kansas, and has taught there since 1990. She has won several teaching awards, including a Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence (2002).

Recent and Selected Publications

She is the author of Chivalric Fiction and the History of the Novel (University of Florida Press, 2000), and co-editor, with Julian Weiss of King’s College, London, of Writers as Readers: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Traditions and Translations dedicated to Thomas R. Hart. Comparative Literature 60.1 (Winter 2008). Articles include: “Myth and the Matière de Bretagne,” in the Cambridge History of French Literature, ed. William Burgwinkle, Nicholas Hammond, and Emma Wilson (Cambridge University Press, 2011); “Slippery Custom(er)s: On Knight and Snake in the Bel Inconnu,” Neophilologus 94 (2010): 17-31; “Becoming Saracen: Seduction, Conquest, and Exchange in Rollan a Saragossa,” Romance Studies 27.2 (April 2009): 95-105; “Another Arthur Among the Troubadours,” TENSO 24.1-2 (Spring-Fall 2009): 20-46; “L’Esquiriel, or What’s in a Tail?” in Laughing Matters: Essays on the Old French Fabliaux,” ed. Norris J. Lacy, Kristin Burr, and John Moran (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007), pp.69-81; and “C’est li chevaliers au poisson: Richars li biaus and Speculative Chivalry,”French Studies 61 (July 2007): 261-279.

Current Projects

Current work includes two large projects: the first, due out shortly, is an edition of Claude Platin’s L’Hystoire de Giglan (Lyons: Claude Nourry, 1530. BL C47.f5), a romance combining Renaut de Beaujeu’s le Bel inconnu and the thirteenth-century anonymous Occitan romance, Jaufre; and the second, Psychomachia: The Performance of Emotion in Old French, which examines aspects of psychological theory in the Middle Ages, and the expression of related themes in the imaginative literature of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Recent Graduate Courses Taught

Old French

Medieval French Literature

The Plantagenets

Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught

French Literature of the Middle Ages

Studies in Culture

Survey of French Culture I

Introduction to French Literature

Areas of Interest

Comparative medieval literature, especially Old French and Occitan romance and lyric poetry; the Renaissance; theory of the novel; satire and the comic; medievalism; film. 

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