Dr Jane Gilbert

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Senior Lecturer in French

Research areas:
Medieval French and English literature, especially narrative; modern critical theory in relation to medieval literature.

Research funding: Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Outside France

William Burgwinkle (CI: Department of French, Cambridge), Simon Gaunt (PI: Department of French, King’s College London), Jane Gilbert (CI: Department of French, University College London), and Paul Vetch (CI: Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London) are pleased to announce the award by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of a grant of £850,652 to this project, which proposes an investigation of medieval francophone literary culture that will be centred not on France but rather on two important axes of transmission of francophone textual culture: one that goes from England across Flanders, to Burgundy and beyond; another across the Alps to Northern Italy and then out into the Mediterranean and further afield to Cyprus and the Levant. The project will run from April 2011 to September 2014.

The project employs two post-doctoral research associates, October 2011 to September 2014. Dr Dirk Schoenaers is based at UCL and Dr Nicola Morato at Cambridge. David Murray holds the project PhD studentship, based at KCL.

The project outputs will include an on-line database, a series of seminars and conferences, publications, and an exhibition.

Further information is available from the project website.

Publications include:

Living Death in Medieval French and English Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Available to download from Cambridge Books Online, Living Death.
Review by Paul Vincent Rockwell, The Medieval Review, 12 May 2012
Review by Helen Fulton in the Times Higher Education Supplement, 28 April 2011.

• 'The Task of the Dérimeur: Benjamin and Translation into Prose in Fifteenth-Century French Literature', in Rethinking Medieval Translation: Ethics, Politics, Theory, ed. by Emma Campbell and Robert Mills, pp. 164-83

• 'Arthurian Ethics' in Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend, ed. by Elizabeth Archibald and Ad Putter (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 154-70.
Review by Carolyne Larrington, 'Arthur, Merlin and Love Magic', TLS, 17 Feb., 2010.

• 'La Chanson de Roland', in Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature, ed. by Simon Gaunt and Sarah Kay (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 21-34.

• 'Men Behaving Badly: Linguistic Purity and Sexual Perversity in Derrida's Monolinguisme de l'autre and Gower's Traitié pour essampler les amantz marietz', Romance Studies 24, (2006), 77-89.
DOI: 10.1179/174581506x120055

• "'I am not he': Narcissus and Ironic Performativity in Medieval French Literature", Modern Language Review 100 (2005), 940-953.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3737718

• 'Becoming Woman in Chaucer: "On ne naît pas femme, on le meurt"', in Rites of Passage: Cultures of Transition in the Fourteenth Century, ed. by Nicola F. McDonald and W. M. Ormrod (York: York Medieval Press, 2004), pp.109-29.

• 'Putting the Pulp into Fiction: The Lump-Child and Its Parents in The King of Tars', in Pulp Fictions of Medieval England, ed. by Nicola McDonald (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004), pp.102-23.

• 'Unnatural Mothers and Monstrous Children in The King of Tars and Sir Gowther' in Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts in Late Medieval Britain: Essays for Felicity Riddy, edited by Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Rosalynn Voaden, Arlyn Diamond, Ann Hutchinson, Carol Meale and Lesley Johnson (Turnhout: Brepols, 2000), pp. 329-44.
DOI 10.1484/M.MWTC-EB.3.3650

The Spirit of Medieval English Popular Romance , ed. by Ad Putter and Jane Gilbert (Harlow: Longman Medieval and Renaissance Library, 2000).

• 'Boys Will Be... What? Gender, Sexuality, and Childhood in Floire et Blancheflor and Floris et Lyriope', Exemplaria, 9 (1997), 39-61.

• 'The Practice of Gender in Aucassin et Nicolette', Forum for Modern Language Studies, 33 (1997), 217-28.
Doi: 10.1093/fmls/XXXIII.3.217

• 'Gender and Sexual Transgression', in A Companion to the 'Gawain'-Poet, edited by Derek Brewer and Jonathan Gibson (Cambridge: Brewer, 1997).

• 'Valenciennes (Hainault)', in Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418, ed. by David Wallace (forthcoming, OUP)

• 'Sameness, Friendship, Community and Violence: Ami et Amile, Chanson de geste Collectivism and Jean-Luc Nancy', in The Other Within: Imposing, Imposed and Self-Imposed Identity in Medieval French Literature, ed. by Adrian Tudor and Kristin Burr

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