I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder in May of 2013 after defending my dissertation on Medieval French literature, entitled “Le voyageur infernal : émergence d’une subjectivité auctoriale.”
While I specialized in Latin and Old French Medieval literature, I have a broad range of scholarly interests in medieval studies within which I have situated my analysis of the relationship between the community and its literary object using the testimony of journey in hell as core of my study.
I have also explored comparative literature and historiography within medieval descriptions of the afterworld, observing, in particular, how facts, legends, and declared scientific observations are mingled together to generate a simulacrum of history and truth. My doctoral thesis, which I am revising for publication, investigates medieval conceptions of crime and punishment as depicted in a selection of infernal journeys portrayed in Latin and diverse European vernacular languages between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. My inquiry centers on a reified and tangible Hell that was born of clerical literature, and which was then appropriated and refigured in its geography, functionality, and accessibility in the hands of vernacular popularizers. I illustrate how the authors of these journeys gradually intertwined various literary genres to allow the blossoming of an ambiguous literary personage. I claim that as soon as he transgressed religious conventions, the writer developed an intimate self-exploration, which led him to affirm his own unique and personalized authorial position.