Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A. in French Studies, Yale University
M.A., B.A. in French Studies, Brigham Young University
Bruce Hayes is a Professor of French literature and culture at the University of Kansas, where he has taught since 2001. A specialist of comic theater in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance and François Rabelais, he is the author of Rabelais’s Radical Farce. Late Medieval Comic Theater and Its Function in Rabelais (Ashgate, 2010). He is also the author of several articles and book chapters on Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, and various religious polemicists. His forthcoming book, Hostile Humor in Renaissance France (University of Delaware Press), explores the religious uses (and abuses) of humor and satire during this turbulent time in France’s history leading up to the French Wars of Religion.
In recent years, he has become involved with issues related to graduate student training, mentoring, and job placement. He teaches classes on Renaissance literature, contemporary French culture, gender in the Renaissance, obscenity in French literature, the French Wars of Religion, and other topics.
- Hostile Humor in Renaissance France. University of Delaware Press, forthcoming.
- Rabelais’s Radical Farce: Late Medieval Comic Theater and Its Function in Rabelais. Ashgate Press, 2010.
- Yale French Studies no. 134 (Fall 2018): “The Construction of a National Vernacular Literature in the Renaissance.” Co-edited with Jessica DeVos.
- Œuvres et Critiques 38.2 (2013): “Jean Boucher, 1548–1646 (?) : prêtre, prédicateur, polémiste.” Co-edited with Paul Scott.
- “La farce hybride dans l’œuvre rabelaisienne : les exemples de Thaumaste et de Dindenault.” Rabelais et l’hybridité des récits rabelaisiens. Diane Desrosiers, Claude La Charité, Christian Veilleux, and Tristan Vigliano, eds. Études Rabelaisiennes 56 (2017): 77–85.
- “The Affaire des placards, Polemical Humour, and the Sardonic Laugh.” French Studies 70.3 (2016): 332–47.
- Frances Devlin and Bruce Hayes. “A Faculty/Librarian Collaboration to Restructure a Graduate Research Methods Class for French Literature Students.” The French Review 89.2 (2015): 146‑61.
- “Le risus sardonicus de Jean Boucher.” Œuvres et Critiques 38.2 (2013): 25-38.
- “The Transgressive Ethics of the Trickster in Late Medieval and Post-Reformation French Farce.” At Whom Are We Laughing? Humor in Romance Language Literatures. Zenia Sacks DaSilva and Gregory M. Pell, eds. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013: 41-54.
- “Les perplexités de la masculinité : cynisme, scepticisme et caritas chrétienne dans le Tiers livre de Rabelais.” Les Interférences des écoles de pensée antiques dans la littérature de la Renaissance. Edward Tilson, ed. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2013: 205-20.
Recent Graduate Courses Taught
French Women Writers of the Renaissance
Masculinity in the Renaissance
Rabelais and Montaigne
Poésie lyrique à la Renaissance
Events, Ideologies, and Literature Surrounding the French Wars of Religion
Introduction to Graduate Studies
Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught
The Obscene and the Grotesque in French Literature
French Literature of the Renaissance
The French Wars of Religion
La France d’aujourd’hui
Survey of French Culture, Middle Ages and Renaissance
Introduction to French Literature
Areas of Interest
French Renaissance Literature and Culture, Renaissance Studies, Late Medieval and Renaissance Drama, Humor Studies