Peggy McCracken

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Peggy McCracken

Graduate Chair
Professor of French

812 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1275

Office Location(s): 4206 MLB 1275
Phone: 734.647.2338
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Comparative Literature, Romance Languages & Literatures and Women Studies
  • About

    My teaching and research interests are, broadly defined, in the intersections of medieval literature, history, and theory. My research focuses on romance narratives as well as on medieval theatre, poetry, chansons de geste, and medical and theological discourses. In earlier projects I have explored the intersections of medieval theories and practices of queenship with romances about adulterous queens, and the ways in which gendered cultural values are mapped onto representations of blood.

    My current projects include a book on human/nonhuman embodiment in medieval texts tentatively entitled In the Skin; an English translation of Gui de Cambrai's Old French Barlaam et Josaphat; and a book called The Christian Buddha, co-authored with my colleague, Donald S. Lopez, Jr., on the circulation and reception of Barlaam and Josaphat. 

    Recent and Selected Publications 

    Co-editor, with E. Jane Burns, From Beasts to Souls: Gender and Embodiment in Medieval Europe (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013).

     “Skin and Sovereignty in Guillaume de Palerne,” Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistiques 24 (2012): 361-75.

    Co-author, with Sharon Kinoshita, Marie de France: A Critical Companion (Boydell and Brewer, 2012).

    “The Human and the Floral,” in Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects, ed. Jeffrey J. Cohen (Punctum Books, 2012), pp. 65-90.

    Co-editor, with Karl Steel, "The Animal Turn in Medieval Studies," Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 2.1 (2011).

    “Animals and Translation in the Lais of Marie de France,” Australian Journal of French Studies 46.3 (2009): 238-49.

    Recent graduate seminars taught:

    The Medieval Posthuman
    Medieval Natures
    Animality and sexuality
    The romances of Chrétien de Troyes
    Medieval lives, medieval selves (co-taught with Catherine Brown)


    Recent undergraduate courses taught: 

    France and the crusades
    Introduction to medieval literature

  • Education
    • Ph.D., French Literature, Yale University, 1989
    • B.A., French, University of North Carolina, 1981
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Medieval French Literature, Medieval Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Women's Studies
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