Bruce Hayes

Associate Professor of French
Chair, Department of French & Italian
Primary office:
785-864-9062
Wescoe Hall
Room 2104
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
Second office:
785-864-9028
Wescoe Hall
Room 2067



Summary

Contact information

http://kansas.academia.edu/BruceHayes

http://brucehayes.weebly.com/

ORCID iD

orcid.org/0000-0003-4681-6892

Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A. in French Studies, Yale University

M.A., B.A. in French Studies, Brigham Young University

 

About

Bruce Hayes is an associate professor of French literature and culture at the University of Kansas, where I have taught since 2001. I specialize in Renaissance literature and culture, with a particular focus on popular culture and humor. He is currently completing a book-length project, tentatively titled Castigating Comedy: Sardonic Laughter and Religious Conflict in Renaissance France, which explores the ideological and polemical uses (and abuses) of humor and satire during this turbulent time in France’s history. He has published in journals such as French Studies, The French Review, French Forum, and Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme. In 2010, he published a monograph, Rabelais's Radical Farce: Late Medieval Comic Theater and Its Function in Rabelais (Ashgate).

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.

Recent Publications

Books

Castigating Comedy: Sardonic Laughter and Religious Conflict in Renaissance France. (Under review with University of Delaware Press)​

Rabelais’s Radical Farce: Late Medieval Comic Theater and Its Function in Rabelais.  Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, 2010.

Co-edited volumes

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.

Articles

“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

 


Giving

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