Searching the Origins, Teaching the Future

Visio Tnugdali, Johann und Konrad Hist in Speyer (1483)

Visio Tnugdali, Johann & Konrad Hist in Speyer (1483)

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 French 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.

I have also explored comparative literature and historiography within medieval Francophone 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 currently revising for publication in the form of articles, 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.

Related work:

Sex & Erotica in the Infernal Literature, Medieval Fantasy answering Clerical Frustrations”. February 2012

“The transformation of the infernal literature during the XII century, limitations of a genre”. May 2011

“When Tungdali met Lucyfer. The Climax of the Medieval Infernal Lit

erature” in The Consortium, The Umbrellagraph Press, CU: 2 April 2011

“Urbanization and Democratization of Hell in the medieval literature, XI-XII centuries” January 2011

“Le pouvoir transformatif du voyage Infernal, édification et catharsis, du Vem au XIV siècles, dix siècles d’évolution”

Novembre 2010

Detail of a painting by Marcovaldo, c. 1250 AD Labrigue, France

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