Megan Moore

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

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Feminism & Gender Studies; Cyborg & Thing Theory; Digital Humanities; Mediterranean Studies; Medieval Studies


Professor Moore is interested in questions of identity, citizenship, & gender in areas ranging from machines, cyborgs and the post-human; women's subjectivities and the Internet; to diasporic power structures in the medieval Mediterranean.  In her research, Dr. Moore seeks to understand how subjectivities are produced and represented, as well as how people negotiate the play between individualism and group identities.  These questions guide her thinking about digital citizenships, the cyborg, and the human from the medieval to the postmodern, about the relationship between behavior rules and communities, and, above all, about gender and power.

Prof. Moore’s latest monograph, The Erotics of Grief: Death, Desire, and Power 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 travel narratives.  Her first book, Exchanges in Exoticism:  Cross-Cultural Marriage and the Making of the Mediterranean in Old French Romance (U of Toronto Press, 2014) explored how women’s work on the edges of empire facilitated and economic and ideological exchange throughout the medieval Mediterranean, and focuses specifically on Byzantium and western Europe. Prof. Moore has published on cross-cultural marriage as well as on feminist pedagogy & on Hellenism in Byzantium, andsShe has an edited volume in press, Gender in the Premodern Mediterranean (Arizona State University, 2019) as well as a forthcoming chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Reading the Late Byzantine Romance.

In her teaching, Prof. Moore explores questions of identity with her students, and she encourages them to develop the critical visual, thinking, and writing skills crucial to unpacking the ways power is constructed around us.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses such as French Feminisms in the Age of #metoo; Women’s voices in French literature; Zombies, Invasions, and Immigration in film; the Mediterranean & Migration; Medieval Mediterranean literature; Gender & the Culinary Cultures of France; and Studies in Medieval Romance.  She has recently directed a Mediterranean studies dissertation exploring how Franco-Arab translation and cross-cultural exchagne impacted late 19th- and early 20th-century education in Cairo, and welcomes students interested in Mediterranean and Postcolonial studies, gender studies, cyborg and Thing studies, and medieval studies.

Dr. 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. Professor Moore is also director of the 6-week summer study abroad in Lyon program, a 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.