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Education

C.Bratu

2007 Ph.D. in French at New York University (Honors)
2004-2005 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyons, France (NYU exchange graduate student)
2001-2002 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyons, France
DEA in French Literature (ENS and Université Lumière Lyon 2)
2000-2001 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyons, France
M.A. in French Literature (ENS and Université Lumière Lyon 2)
1999-2000 Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
1998-1999 Bayerische Julius-Maximilians Universität, Würzburg, Germany
1997-1998 Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Major in French, minor in English)

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:

Effet de parlé and Effet d’écrit: The Authorial Strategies of Medieval French Historians.” In Telling the Story in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Evelyn Birge Vitz. Kathryn A. Duys, Elizabeth Emery, and Laurie Postlewate, eds. (Rochester, NY: Boydell and Brewer, 2015): 93-110.

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.

ClercChevalierAucteur: 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).” Mediaevistik 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): 207-211. ISSN 0014-4940.

“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’épistémé 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.

Handbook Chapters:

“Chroniken im mittelalterlichen Italien. Ein Überblick.” In Handbuch Chroniken des Mittelalters. Ed. Gerhard Wolf and Norbert Ott (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2016): 707-742. ISBN 978-3-11-020627-2.

“Literature.” In Handbook of Medieval Culture: Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages. Ed. Albrecht Classen. 3 vols. (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2015): vol. II, 864-900. 978-3-11-037760-6.

“Patrons, Arts, and Audiences.” Handbook of Medieval Culture: Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages. Ed. Albrecht Classen. 3 vols. (Berlin/New York: De Gruyter, 2015): vol. II, 1381-1403. 978-3-11-037760-6.

“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.

Encyclopedia Articles:

Entries “Jean-François Balmer” (34-36), “Jean Carmet” (102-103), “Coluche” (127-129), “Jean Dujardin” (181-183), and “Michel Galabru” (215-217). French Cinema in Close-Up/La vie d’un acteur pour moi. Illustrated Mini-Dictionary of Actors and Actresses of the French Cinema. Ed. Michaël Abecassis and Marcelline Block (Dublin: Phaeton Publishing, 2015). ISBN 978-1908420114. 

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.

Invited Chapters and Articles:

“Prologues as Locus Auctoris in Historical Narratives: An Overview from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.” Mediaevistik 28 (2015):47-65.

“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.

Translations:

“The Tale of Lycaon” and “The Tale of Philemon and Baucis” (from Old French to English). Ovide moralisé. Ed. K. Sarah-Jane Murray. Waco: Baylor University Press, forthcoming in 2018.

Books V and XIV of the Ovide moralisé (from Old French to English). Ed. K. Sarah-Jane Murray. Waco: Baylor University Press, forthcoming in 2018.

Book Reviews:

Alberto Varvaro. La tragédie de l’histoire : la dernière œuvre de Froissart. Paris : Classiques Garnier, 2011. Forthcoming in Mediaevistik.

John Spence. Reimagining History in Anglo-Norman Prose Chronicles. York: York Medieval Press; Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2013. Forthcoming in Mediaevistik.

Irit R. Kleiman. Philippe de Commynes: Memory, Betrayal, Text. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. Speculum 92/2 (April 2017): 542-543.

Jeanette Beer. In Their Own Words: Practices of Quotation in Early Medieval History-Writing. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. In The Medieval Review, 2014.

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  Mediaevistik 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 Mediaevistik 25 (2012): 227-231.

Andrew Brown and Graeme Small. Court and Civic Society in the Burgundian Low Countries c. 1420-1530. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007. In Mediävistik 24 (2011): 589-595.

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 (2011), 421-423.

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

Media Projects:

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

Word Wise podcasts for KWBU FM (click here and here to listen to the podcasts)

Click here to read an interview with me for the Baylor Lariat

Invited Presentations

Conference Presentations, Faculty and Honors Colloquia

Grants and Awards

Summer 2016 MLC summer mini-sabbatical, Baylor University

Spring 2016 MLC Undergraduate Research Small Grant, Baylor University

Fall 2011 Research Leave, Baylor University

2007-2008 Summer Sabbatical Project, Baylor University

2006-2007 Dulau Fellowship (NYU)

2004-2005 NYU Exchange Student at ENS Lyon

2002 MacCracken Fellowship at NYU

2000-2002 Joint grant ENSAF (ENS/Ambassade de France en Roumanie): Scholarship at the ENS Lyon, France

1998-1999 ERASMUS scholarship from the European Union: Study scholarship at Würzburg University, Germany

Summer 1998 Golden medal at the international French spelling contest “Allons en France/Dicos d’or,” Sorbonne, Paris

Spring 1997 Special award at the “Concursul Latinitatii” (National Contest of Latin and Neolatin Languages), Târgu-Mures, Romania

1996 Special award in French at the “Olimpiada Nationala de Limbi Romanice” (National Contest of Romance Languages), Baia Mare, Romania

Languages

Romanian, French and English: native fluency
German: very good writing, reading and speaking skills
Latin, Italian, Spanish: good reading, writing and speaking skills
Old French (langue d’oil and langue d’oc): very good reading skills
Portuguese: good reading skills
Arabic, Ancient Greek and Dutch: beginner level

Fields of Special Interest

Medieval and Early Modern narrative literature
Translation, translatio and patterns of transmission in the Middle Ages
Pre-modern historiography and travel literature
Pre-modern representations of authorship
Pre-modern and modern political thought
Self-expression in literature (autobiographies, autofictions, memoirs, diaries)
French Theory and the “Death of the Author”
Ideologies and utopias