Assistant Professor — PhD, Emory University
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I am an assistant professor of medieval French literature with a research focus on medieval grammar and rhetoric.
Current project: The Medieval Erotics of Grammar. This book-length study aims to account for the persistent use of grammatical terminology in reflections about and debates on sex in high medieval literature. The principal claim put forward in the Medieval Erotics of Grammar is that medieval grammatical discourse played a central role in shaping and regulating Western views of sex, particularly in the cultural elevation of the male-female couple hailed by courtly literature. A great deal of medieval writers harnessed grammatical discourse both to the end of celebrating heterosexual erotic love and in condemnations of same-sex eroticism. I examine both of these instances in a large corpus of writing, ranging from a selection of erotic poems in Latin and the vernaculars –– including Goliardic writings, some of the Carmina Burana, an erotic parody of Alexander of Villedieu’s Doctrinale, and troubadour lyric –– to debates that call upon contemporaneous grammatical theories to condemn homoerotic sex, including, most notably, the anonymous but hugely popular Altercatio Ganimedis et Helene, Alain de Lille’s De planctu Naturae and Gautier de Coinci’s Seinte Léocade.
I have also published on Lacan and the troubadour excremental, on euphemism and desire in the Romance of the Rose, and on sex and reading in Alan of Lille's Plaint of Nature. My secondary research focus is on sexuality in twentieth-century French writing, to which end I have published on André Gide, Claude Louis-Combet, Fabrice Neaud and Jacques Derrida.
EUS 347 • Intro Fr Lit I: Mid Ages-18c
TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.212
(also listed as
FR 326K )
FR 326K – Introduction to French Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
I. Course Description and Objectives:
Ce cours offre un survol de la littérature française d’Ancien Régime. Le but de notre cours sera d’ancrer une série de textes-clefs dans leurs contextes sociaux et historiques. Parmi les thèmes récurrents se trouvent les suivants: l’émergence l’individu ; les transformations de la conception de la différence sexuelle, celles-ci intimement liées aux transformations du discours sur l’amour ; l’évolution de la notion de l'« auctoritas », c’est-à-dire, l’autorité de l’écrivain conféré par le Roi, dans la société française prérévolutionnaire.
This course introduces students to early French literary culture from the Middle Ages to the Revolution. We will examine the changing social and cultural contexts in which the literature was produced. Recurrent lines of inquiry include: the emergence and evolution of discourses on the individual in relationship to the social order and to the divine; the evolving relationship between notions of romantic love and conceptions of gender roles; changing notions of auctoritas within pre-Revolutionary French society.
FR 320E or the equivalent.
Two tests 30%
Three short papers 30%
One oral presentation 10%
Class participation 30%
(Participation includes attendance, writing exercises, weekly reading blog participation, quizzes, etc.)
Johnson, Michael A. "Post-Queer Autobiography: Placing/Facing Fabrice Neaud." Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 12.1 (2008): 27-39. MLA International Bibliography.
Johnson, Michael A. "Sodomy, Allegory, and the Subject of Pleasure." Queer Sexualities in French and Francophone Literature and Film. 1-12. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2007. MLA International Bibliography.
Johnson, Michael A. "Translatio Ganymedis: Reading the Sex out of Ovid in Alan of Lille's The Plaint of Nature." Florilegium 22.(2005): 171-190. MLA International Bibliography. EBSCO.