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Dr. Christine Bourgeois

Assistant Professor of French
Undergraduate Director of French; Interim Graduate Director Spring 2022
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2059
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594



Ph.D., M.A. in French & Francophone Studies, Princeton University

M.A., B.A. in French & French Studies, Bryn Mawr College


Christine V. Bourgeois specializes in the Francophone and Occitan traditions of the Middle Ages, with particular interest in the interconnection between medieval and modern narrative traditions. Her current book project, Saintly Asceticism and the Literary Machine: Saint Anthony the Great and the Invention of Medieval Hagiography, is a literary history of sanctity through the perspective of the Anthony tradition, spanning the Middle Ages to the beginning of the twentieth century.


Saintly Asceticism and the Literary Machine: Saint Anthony the Great and the Invention of Medieval Hagiography (in progress)


Selected Articles

  • “La Quête inachevée. Le sang sur la neige dans Kamouraska d’Anne Hébert et Le Conte du Graal de Chrétien de Troyes”. Florilegium (Forthcoming)
  • “Courtly Love as Allegory of Reading: Rethinking the Didacticism of the Dit du cerf amoureux”. French Forum 43.3 (Winter 2019): 359-73.
  • “Devotion and Disbelief in the Old French Vie de Saint Antoine: Hagiographical Doubt and the Literary Tradition of Saint Anthony the Great”. Medium Ævum 87.2 (2018): 277-303.
  • “Eustace’s Stag and the Old French Guillaume de Palerne”. The Romanic Review 108.1-4 (2017): 31-50.
  • “Poetic Identity and the Name in the Lyric Corpus of Bernart de Ventadorn” Tenso 30.1-2 (Spring-Fall 2015): 25-47.

Selected Papers

  • “Vernacular Hagiography and the Literature Classroom: Adapting the Saints to Online and In-Person Environments”. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (May 2021)
  • “Sanctity as Celebrity in Le Puits de Sainte Claire: Anatole France’s Relevant Translatio of the Fioretti di San Francesco”. 44th Annual Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium, University of California Riverside & Scripps College, Manhattan Beach, CA (October 2018).
  • “Animal Senefiance and the Early Dits: The Case of Li Dis dou cerf amoureus”. 41st Annual Meeting of the Mid-America Medieval Association, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, MO (September 2017)
  • “The Anonymous Hagiographer: Divine Authorship and Authorship as Divine”. 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (May 2016).

Recent Graduate Courses Taught

FREN 610: Thème et Version

Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught

FREN 380: The Middle Ages and the Modern Imagination

FREN 430: La France d’aujourd’hui

FREN 440: Writing Women

FREN 450: French Literature of the Middle Ages

Areas of Interest

Hagiography and secular literature in the Middle Ages; relationships between medieval and modern textual traditions; early Third Republic fiction; notions and representations of art, authorship and truth; representations of women and femininity; French-Canadian literature.


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