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Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner
Professor Emerita of French

romance languages and literatures

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., M. Phil., Yale University; A.B., Bryn Mawr College

Research Areas

Medieval French Literature, especially 12th and 13th c. Romance, Verse and Prose Narrative, Troubadour and Trouvère Lyric

Awards and Honors

Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2006.

Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), 1985-1986.


Chrétien Continued

Chrétien Continued: A Study of the Conte du Graal and its Verse Continuations. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Songs of the Women Troubadours bookcover

Co-ed, and trans., Songs of the Women Troubadours, with Laurie Shepard, and Sarah White. New York: Garland Publishers, Inc., 1995 (revised paperback edition 2000).

Shaping Romance: Interpretation, Truth, and Closure in French Fictions

Shaping Romance: Interpretation, Truth, and Closure in Twelfth-Century French Fictions. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993.

Narrative Invention in Twelfth-Century French Romance: The Convention of Hospitality (1160-1200). Lexington, Kentucky: French Forum, Publishers, 1980.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

“Remembering the Trojan War: Violence Past, Present and Future in Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie.” Speculum 90.2 (April 2015 publication).

Marcabru’s Estornel: On Ventriloquists, or The Art of Putting Words in Your Belly.” French Studies 68.4 (October 2014): 451-64. Blogpost

“The Lady and the Dragon in Chrétien’s Chevalier au Lion.” In From Beasts to Souls: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe, ed. E. Jane Burns and Peggy McCracken. University of Notre Dame Press, 2013, pp. 65-86.

“Trobairitz.” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, ed. Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012, pp.1461-2.

Recent Papers and Presentations

Panelist in discussion of Barbara Newman’s Medieval Crossover: Reading the Secular Against the Sacred. Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver, BC, 8 January 2015.

“Traffic in Paradise: Dramatizing Jewish-Christian Encounters in the Jeu d’Adam,” Medieval Academy annual meeting, UCLA, 12 April 2014.

“Natural and Unnatural Woman.” 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 11 May 2013.

“Living in a Medieval Bestiary,” Modern Language Association Convention, French Medieval Language and Literature Division Meeting, Boston, 6 January 2013.

“Ventriloquists, Female Impersonators and/or the Genuine Article? Putting Words in Women’s Mouths.” 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 10 May 2012.

“Weaving a Tapestry from Biblical Exegesis to Romance Textuality,” Think Romance! Re-conceptualizing a Medieval Genre: 32nd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, NYC, 31 March 2012.

Contact Information

Boston College
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Lyons Hall 307B
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3804

Phone: 617-552-3823
FAX: 617-552-2064

Current Courses

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