Megan Moore

Megan Moore
Associate Professor of French; Affiliate Faculty of Women’s & Gender Studies; Director, Medieval & Renaissance Studies
138 Arts and Science Building

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2005
Medieval Medieval Mediterranean Studies, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Migration Studies


Professor Moore's research focuses on Mediterranean Studies, with special emphasis on the intersections of gender and cross-cultural exchange. Her first 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 fundamental to the creation and exchange of culture around the Mediterranean, and focuses specifically on Byzantium and western Europe. She has also published articles on cross-cultural marriage as well as on feminist pedagogy and on Hellenism in Byzantium.

Her latest project, The Erotics of Grief in Medieval Culture, explores why love and death are entwined in Mediterranean courtly 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), this book-length study explores the relations between affect, gender, and elite culture in Old French, Middle English, Hellenic, and Byzantine romance, chansons de geste, and hagiography.

In keeping with her broad interest in cross-cultural encounters in the Mediterranean, Professor Moore’s teaching extends well beyond the Middle Ages to focus on how exchange and confrontation shape our understanding of identity, and her recent courses explore how the Francophone world is structured by contact. She currently teaches a class on Immigration, Plagues & Zombies in modern Francophone film & culture and on Migration and Cross-Cultural identity in the Mediterranean;  other recent courses include graduate seminars on the medieval Mediterranean and medievalism in modern French literature; Old French language and the History of the French Language; and Renaissance literature through material culture, focusing on Holbein’s Ambassadors.

Professor Moore is director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies on campus and administers the U of M system consortium membership to the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies, and welcomes students and faculty interested in taking advantage of these memberships to be in touch.

Finally, Professor Moore is also co-director of the Mizzou's Study Abroad in Lyon program  a 6-week summer immersion program centered around French gastronomy in which students learn about and experience French foodie culture firsthand, by living with French families, studying gastronomy, and exploring the food capital of France, Lyon.

Mizzou's Study Abroad in Lyon program