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Dr. Christine Bourgeois

Assistant Professor of French
Undergraduate Director of French
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 came to the University of Kansas after completing her doctoral work at Princeton University in May of 2014. She 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: The Many Lives of Saint Anthony the Great, is a literary history of sanctity through the perspective of the Anthony tradition, spanning the Middle Ages to the beginning of the the twentieth century.

Recent Publications


  • Saintly Asceticism and the Literary Machine: The Many Lives of Saint Anthony the Great (in progress)


  • “Devotion and Disbelief in the Old French Vie de Saint Antoine: Hagiographical Doubt and the Literary Tradition of Saint Anthony the Great”. Medium Ævum (Forthcoming).
  • “Courtly Love as Allegory of Reading: Rethinking the Didacticism of the Dit du cerf amoureux”. French Forum (Forthcoming).
  • “Eustace’s Stag and the Old French Guillaume de Palerne”. The Romanic Review (Forthcoming)
  • “Poetic Identity and the Name in the Lyric Corpus of Bernart de Ventadorn” Tenso 30.1-2 (Spring-Fall 2015): 25-47.

Selected Papers

  • “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).
  • “Medieval Hagiography as Literary Machine: Saintly Doubling in the Lives of Desert Ascetics”. Modern Language Association Annual Convention, New York, NY (January 2018).
  • “What's the Matter with Medieval Hagiography: Reading Saints Beyond Identity Politics”. Medieval & Early Modern Studies Seminar, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (November 2017)
  • “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

Thème et Version

French for Reading

Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught

Medieval Saints and Modern Sinners

French Literature of the Middle Ages

La France d’aujourd’hui

Introduction to French Literature

Applied Grammar and Composition

French Phonetics

Intermediate Conversation

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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