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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

“Speaking Through Animals in Marie de France’s Lais and Fables.A Companion to Marie de France, ed. Logan E. Whalen. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2011. 157-85.

“Bodies, Textual, Metaphorical and Real: Problematizing Hospitality in the Bible moralisée.” The New Arcadia Review 4 (2011) .

“Between Prophecy and Plainte in the Roman de Troie.” Electronic Antiquity. XIV.1 (November 2010 but released in November 2011).

“Marcabru et la chanson de croisade: d’un centre à l’autre.” Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale 53 (2010): 219-36.

“L’imagination de la mort chez les amants tristaniens: prose et vers, chant et narration.” Des Tristan en vers au Tristan en prose: Hommage à Emmanuèle Baumgartner, ed. Laurence Harf-Lancner, Laurence Mathey-Maille, Bénédicte Milland-Bove & Michelle Szkilnik. Paris: Champion, 2009: 309-24.

“Chrétien de Troyes,” in A Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature, ed. Simon Gaunt and Sarah Kay. Cambridge University Press, 2008. 79-84.

“Of Cannibalism and Cligès.” Arthuriana 18.3, Fall 2008: 19-32.

“Où sont les Arrageoises dans le Jeu de saint Nicolas?” Romania 126, 2008: 507-17.

Recent Papers and Presentations

“Reinventing Memories of Troy for the Anglo-Norman Court: Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie.” International Medieval Meeting, Lleida, Spain, June 28-July 1, 2011.

“Remembering the Trojan War: Violence Past, Present and Future in Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie.” Public Lecture, Northwestern University, 13 October 2011.

“Speaking Through Animals in Marie de France’s Lais and Fables,” Public Lecture, Hamilton College, 1 March 2010.

“Laughter Where You Least Expect It: The Puzzling Pleasures of Humor.” Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Yale University, New Haven, 18-20 March 2010.

New England Medieval Conference, “Law and Justice in the Middle Ages.” Cambridge, MA, 31 October 2009.

“Marie de France and the Anonymous Lais.” 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 7-10, 2009.

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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