University of Missouri

department of romance languages & literatures French

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Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2005
Medieval French literature & culture, Gender Studies, Medieval Mediterranean Studies, Postcolonial Studies

Professor Moore's research focuses on Mediterranean Studies, with special emphasis on gender in Old French and medieval Greek culture. Her monograph, Exchanges in Exoticism: Cross-Cultural Marriage and the Making of the Mediterranean in Old French Romance (University of Toronto Press, 2014) explores how Old French literature imagines women to be fundamentally involved in the creation and exchange of culture around the Mediterranean, specifically between Byzantium and western europe. She has also published other articles about the relations between east and west in Old French literature ("Hellenism, Islam, and Exoticism in French Medieval Romance," Journal of Modern Hellenism, 2011; "Borders and Byzantines in the Old French Floire et Blancheflor" – Dalhousie French Studies 79, Summer 2007).

Her latest project explores the medieval erotics of grief, and looks in particular at how gender and grief serve masculinity in Mediterranean culture. Building off an initial book chapter, ("Chrétien's Romance of Grief: Widows and their Erotic Bodies in Yvain," in Masculinities and Femininities in the Middle Ages, ed. Fred Kiefer. Brepols, 2010), the project will be a book-length study exploring the relations between bodies, gender, and writing in Old French hagiography, romance, and chansons de geste.

Professor Moore’s recent courses include seminars on the medieval Mediterranean; medievalism in modern French literature; Old French; and Renaissance culture as pictured through Holbein’s Ambassadors.

Megan Moore

210d Arts and Science Building

Romance Languages & Literatures
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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211 USA
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