Peggy McCracken

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Domna C. Stanton Collegiate Professor of French, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature
On leave 2014-2015

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. 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. I have also collaborated with colleagues to write books on Chrétien de Troyes and Marie de France. My most recent books focus on Barlaam and Josaphat, a widely circulating medieval saint's life based on the life of the Buddha, and I am currently completing a book on animal-human encounters in medieval French literary texts.

    Recent and Selected Publications 

    Co-author, with Donald S. Lopez, Jr., In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Christian Saint (NY: Norton, 2014).

    Translator, Gui de Cambrai, Barlaam and Josaphat: A Christian Tale of the Buddha(NY: Penguin Classics, 2014).

    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).

    Recent graduate seminars taught:

    Sovereignty, Animality, and Intimacy in Medieval French Literature
    Animal, Human, Woman: Medieval, Early Modern, Postmodern (co-taught with Professor Valerie Traub)
    Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (co-taught with Professor Robert Wyrod)
    The Medieval Posthuman
    The Romances of Chrétien de Troyes

    Recent undergraduate courses taught: 

    Varieties of Translation in Medieval France
    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