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Cristian Bratu

Associate Professor of French

Motto: In libris libertas

One Bear Place #97392
Waco, TX 76798-7392

Office: Draper Hall 100B
Phone: 254-710-4225

Spring 2014 Office Hours: MWF 2:30-3:30pm and by appointment

Cristian_Bratu@baylor.edu

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EDUCATION:

Ph.D. (Honors), New York University, 2007

M.A. and D.E.A., Ecole Normale Superieure - Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Lyons, France, 2000-2002

B.A., Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2000

Study abroad at Bayerische Julius-Maximilians Universitaet, Wuerzburg, Germany (1998-1999)

COURSES TAUGHT:

French for Grad Students I, French for Grad Students II, Introduction to French Cinema, Survey of French Cinema, French Civilization, Intro to French Literature, Survey of French LiteratureI, Survey of French Literature II, Intermediate French, Global Community Cohort Class

PUBLICATIONS:

Book:

Herméneutiques. Iasi (Romania): Junimea Publishing House, 2000. ISBN 973-37-0534-9, foreword by Irina Mavrodin.

« Je, auteur de ce livre »: L’affirmation de soi chez les historiens du Moyen Âge (In progress)

Book Chapters:

"Je, aucteur de ce livre: Authorial Persona and Authority in French Medieval Histories and Chronicles." In Authorities in the Middle Ages: Influence, Legitimacy and Power in Medieval Society. Sini Kangas, Mia Korpiola and Tuija Ainonen, eds. (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2013): 183-204.

"Clerc, Chevalier, Aucteur: The Authorial Personae of French Medieval Historians from the 12th to the 15th centuries." In Authority and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles, Juliana Dresvina and Nicholas Sparks, eds. (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012): 231-259.

Journal Articles:

"Translatio, autorité et affirmation de soi chez Gaimar, Wace et Benoît de Sainte-Maure." The Medieval Chronicle 8 (2013): 135-164.

"De la grande Histoire à l'histoire personnelle: l'émergence de l'écriture autobiographique chez les historiens français du Moyen Age (XIIIe-XVe siècles)." Mediävistik 25 (2012): 85-117.

"Or vous dirai
: La vocalité des récits historiques français du Moyen Âge (XIIe-XVe siècles)." Neophilologus 96.3 (2012): 333-347.

"Revisiting Guillaume de Villeneuve's Viatique." The Explicator 68.4 (2010).

"Denis Sauvage: The Editing of Medieval Chronicles in Sixteenth-Century France.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History. 3rd series, vol. 7 (2010): 255-278. ISBN: 978-0-404-64550-2.

"L’esthétique des chroniqueurs de la quatrième croisade et l’épistémè gothico-scolastique.” The Medieval Chronicle. Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA: Rodopi. 5 (2007): 61-76. ISBN 978-90-420-2354-3.

"The Aesthetics of the Chroniclers of the Fourth Crusade and the Gothic–Scholastic Episteme." Reading Medieval Studies. Reading: University of Reading (UK). 31 (2005): 3-26. ISBN 0-7049-1219-8.

"Le métathéâtre en tant que métaphore de l’aliénation. Les sources et les mécanismes de l’angoisse." Limbaje si Comunicare/Languages and Communication. Suceava (Romania): Suceava University Press. 4 (1999): 429-450. ISBN 973-9408-78-8.

Encyclopedia Articles:

Entries "Literature" and "Patrons, Arts, and Audiences." In Medieval Culture: A Compendium of Critical Topics. Ed. Albrecht Classen (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, forthcoming in 2014).

Entries "Jean-François Balmer," "Jean Carmet," "Coluche", "Jean Dujardin," and "Michel Galabru." Portraits d'artistes. Ed. Michaël Abecassis (Dublin, Phaeton, forthcoming in 2014).

"Mirrors for princes." In Handbook of Medieval Studies: Concepts, Methods, Historical Developments, and Current Trends in Medieval Studies. Ed. Albrecht Classen (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2010): 1921-1949. ISBN 978-3-11-018409-9.

Entries “Bonamente Aliprandi” (I, 31), “Annales Rotomagenses” (I, 85), “Authorship” (I, 133-136), “François Bonivard” (I, 190-191), “Tristano Calco” (I, 239-240), “Chronicon anonymi a.o.c. usque ad annum 1161” (I, 294), “Chronique anonyme 814-1377” (I, 294), “Chronique anonyme a.o.c. usque ad a. 1380” (I, 294-295), “Chronique anonyme finissant en 1308” (I, 295), “Chronique anonyme finissant en 1380” (I, 295-296) “Chronique anonyme finissant en 1383” (I, 296), “Chroniques de l’hostal d’Armanyach” (I, 347), “Chronicle of Huru” (I, 350), “Cronaca Malatestiana” (I, 364-365), “Chronique du président Fauchet” (I, 398), “Chronique de Saint-Maixent” (co-authored with Régis Rech, I, 419), “Chronique Saintongeaise” (I, 422-423), “Pandolfo Collenuccio” (I, 479-480), “Dino Compagni” (I, 483-484), “Jean Creton” (I, 497), “Jean Dardel” (I, 510), “Gilbertus Romanus” (I, 706), “Guido de Bazochis” (I, 741), “Jean de Roye” (II, 911), “Landulf of Milan” (II, 994), “Landulf of San Paolo” (II, 994-995), “Le Canarien” (II, 1012), “Jean Maupoint” (II, 1096-1097), “Manuscript Patrons and Provenance” (II, 1070-1072), “Miroir historial abregié de France” (II, 1114), “Antonio Nerli” (II, 1140), “Readers and Listeners” (II, 1260-1264), “Bartolomea Riccoboni” (II, 1274-1275), “Lorenzo Valla” (II, 1467-1468), “Matteo Villani” (II, 1479), “Philippo Villani” (II, 1479-1480). Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle. Ed. Graeme Dunphy. 2 vols. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2010. ISBN 978-90-04-18464-0.

Translations:

1) "The Tale of Lycaon"; 2) "The Tale of Philemon and Baucis." Ovide moralisé. Ed. Sarah-Jane Murray (Waco: Baylor University Press, forthcoming in 2014).

Invited Book Article:

"Political Violence and/as Evil: Sartre's Dirty Hands." Evil in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature. Ed. Scott M. Powers (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011): 12-37. ISBN 978-1-4438-2587-0.

Book Reviews:

Andrew Brown and Graeme Small. Court and Civic Society in the Burgundian Low Countries c. 1420-1530. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007 (forthcoming in Mediävistik).

Stephen Partridge and Erik Kwakkel, eds. Author, Reader, Book: Medieval Authorship in Theory and Practice. Toronto/Buffalo/New York: University of Toronto Press, 2012. In Mediävistik 25 (2012): 459-463.

Svetlana Loutchitsky and Marie-Christine Varol, eds. Homo Legens: Styles et pratiques de lecture: Analyses comparées des traditions orales et écrites au Moyen Âge/Styles and Practices of Reading: Comparative Analyses of Oral and Written Traditions in the Middle Ages. Turnhout: Brepols, 2010. In Mediävistik 25 (2012): 227-231.

T. Jefferson Kline. Unraveling French Cinema: From L’Atalante to Caché. Chichester, U.K./Malden, MA.: Wiley-Balckwell, 2010, in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 31.3 (September 2011), 421-423.

Jean Froissart. Chroniques. Livre III: le manuscrit Saint-Vincent de Besançon. Eds. Ainsworth, P.F., and G. Croenen. Geneva: Droz, 2007. The Medieval Review, 2009.

Media Projects:

"Film Grammar" (DVD) by Nancy Membrez, 2008 (translated into French by Cristian Bratu and Kaitlin Fogelsong, 2009).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, TALKS, AND LECTURES:

June 2014 CEU San Pablo University, Madrid (Spain), 12th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities: "The Author: The Future of a Notion With a Troubled Past"

February-March 2014 University of Puerto Rico, 3e Colloque international sur l'enseignement du français langue étrangère: "A quoi bon étudier le français?: Qu'en pensent (et disent) nos étudiants"

January 2014 Baylor University, Honors Colloquium: "Translating the Ovide moralisé"

September 2013 Baylor University, Honors Colloquium: “Waiting for the Tartars: An Analysis of Dino Buzzati’s Tartars Steppe

July 2013 University of Leeds (UK), International Medieval Congress: "Imag(in)ing the Author: Visual Representations of Authors in Medieval French Histories and Chronicles"

May 2013 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies: "Late Medieval Images of Translatio Studii in the Works of Jean Froissart, Enguerrand de Monstrelet, and Christine de Pizan"

May 2013 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies: Participated in the roundtable discussion on the translation of the Ovide moralisé

April 2013 University of Toronto (Canada), American Comparative Literature Association Conference: “How Patient Should a Host Be?: Hospitality, Anarchy, and Allegory in Adam’s Apples

April 2013 Baylor University, Global Community (MFL 3101): “A Brief History of Indochina”

September 2012 Baylor University, Honors Colloquium: "The Forgotten Europe: An Analysis of Slavenka Drakulić’s Café Europa: Life After Communism"

July 2012 University of Oxford (UK), 3rd Biennial Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (“Bonds, Links, and Ties in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles”): "Translatio as a Link between Past and Present History-Writing in the Works of Geffrei Gaimar, Wace, and Benoît de Sainte-Maure"

March 2012 Baylor University, Honors Colloquium: "Molière’s Miser and the Critique of Pure Avarice"

March 2012 Baylor University, MFL Mini-colloquium: "Using Google Maps and Streetview in Foreign Language Teaching"

February-March 2012 University of Puerto Rico, 2e Colloque international sur l’enseignement du français langue étrangère: "Langue, culture et nouvelles technologies : L’Utilisation de Google Maps et Streetview dans l’apprentissage du français"

July 2011 Pécs University (Hungary), 6th International Medieval Chronicle Conference: "Prologues as Locus Auctoris in Historical Narratives: An Overview from Antiquity to the Middle Ages"

May 2011 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies: "Denis Sauvage's Dilemma: Textual Purity or 'Critical Edition'?"

March 2011 Baylor University, Honors Colloquium: "What is Rhinoceritis? An Analysis of Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinoceros"

October 2010 Baylor University, Honors Colloquium: "Religion and Irreligiosity in Voltaire's Zadig"

July 2010 Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium, Cambridge University (UK): "Clerk, Witness, Author: The Status of French Medieval Chroniclers (12th-15th c.)"

July 2010 University of Leeds (UK), International Medieval Congress: "The Unwilling Traveler: Guillaume de Villeneuve and His Viatique"

April 2010 Baylor University, MFL Mini-colloquium: Sartre's Politics Thirty Years Later”

February 2010 Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Symposium “Authorship”, University of Miami, Coral Gables: “The Medieval Author: A Paradigm Shift”

November 2009 Baylor University, MFL Mini-Colloquium: "Je, aucteur de ce livre: On the Status of Medieval Historians"

October 2009 66th Annual Convention of the South Central Modern Language Association, Baton Rouge: "Les Idiots utiles: Intellectuals and Collaborationism in 20th-Century France"

October 2009 Texas Medieval Association Conference, Austin: “Chroniclers and Authors: The Status of French Medieval Historians”

October 2009 Jersey City, Romance Studies 2009 Colloquium on Storytelling: "Medieval Chronicles as Storytelling"

May 2009 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies: panel on "Authorship in Medieval Chronicles"

March 2009 American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Harvard University: "From History to MyStory: Self-Expression in Medieval and Early Modern French Chronicles"

March 2009 Medieval Association of the Pacific Conference, Albuquerque: "Denis Sauvage: Editing Medieval Historiography in Sixteenth-Century France"

December 2008 MLA Convention, San Francisco: "Hundred Years War Literature: Making and Breaking Boundaries"(panel hosted by Dr. Deborah McGrady, UVA): "Crossing Boundaries in the Third Book of Froissart's Chronicles"

December 2008 Barnard College, Barnard Medieval and Renaissance Conference. The Shape of Time in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, “Genealogical Time and Its Gaps in Froissart’s Chroniques

October 2008 Baylor University, Global Film and Culture (FAS 1136): "A Short History of French Cinema"

September 2008 University of Texas at San Antonio, European Film Conference, “Femmes dans le jardin: Elements pour une nouvelle interpretation d’Inch’Allah dimanche”

April 2008 Women in French Conference, Fort Worth: "Authorship, Authority, and Gender in the Middle Ages" - presider of two sessions on women authors in Middle Ages and the Early Modern period

March 2008 Fordham University, Remembering the Crusades. Myth, Image, and Identity: "Remembering the Crusades, Remembering the Self"

2006 University of Leeds (UK), International Medieval Congress: "L'economie des emotions chez Philippe de Commynes"

2006 Cornell University, Entralogos. Romance Studies Graduate Conference: Turns, Returns, Detours: (Hi)story and (Re)presentation: "The Missing Link in the Genealogical Representation of Medieval History"

2005 Yale University, Florilegium. Graduate Student Medieval Studies Conference: "The Rise of the Medieval Chronicler"

2005 Columbia University's 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference "How Sweet Are Your Words to My Taste". Eating Food, Imbibing Drink and Devouring Texts in the Middle Ages: "Images of Hunger and Abundance in the Writings of Villon and Rabelais"

2005 University of Reading (UK), 4th International Medieval Chronicles Conference: "Les Chroniques de la 4e croisade et l'episteme gothico-scolastique"

2004 University of Texas at Austin, French and Italian Graduate Students' Conference: "Coherence discursive et incoherence politique chez Geoffroy de Villehardouin"

2002 Universite de Geneve (Switzerland), Conference on "Le litteraire en marge du litteraire": "L'espace polytropique dans les romans antiques du XIIe siecle"

1998 Universitatea Babes-Bolyai (Romania), Conference of French and Francophone Literatures: "Transparence et opacite dans les Confessions de Rousseau"

HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS:

Baylor Summer Sabbatical, 2008

Andrew Dulau Dissertation Fellowship, New York University, 2006-2007

MacCracken Fellowship, 2002-2003, 2004-2005, 2006

ENSAF Fellowship, Ecole Normale Superieure, 2000-2002

ERASMUS Fellowship, Wuerzburg University, Germany, 1998-1999

Gold Medal, "Allons en France/Dicos d'or" International Spelling Contest, Paris, France, 1998

Special award, National Contest of Latin and Romance Languages, Targu-Mures, Romania, 1997

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Medieval and Early Modern narrative literature, translatio and patterns of transmission in the Middle Ages, pre-modern historiography, pre-modern representations of authorship, self-expression in literature (autobiographies, autofictions, memoirs, diaries), French Theory and the "Death of the Author"

TEACHING INTERESTS:

French language and literature, Medieval and Early Modern texts, French Cinema

LANGUAGES:

Romanian, French and English: native fluency
German: very good writing, reading and speaking skills
Old French: very good reading skills
Latin, Italian, Spanish: good reading, writing and speaking skills
Portuguese: good reading skills
Ancient Greek, Arabic, and Dutch: beginner level