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Susan Stakel

Susan   Stakel


I received my PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and have been at DU since 1982. My research interest is medieval French literature; I have published two books on medieval poetry and am currently working on fourteenth-century urban drama. I love to teach and enjoy being the undergraduate advisor for the French section. I believe that studying language, culture and literature can make you a better citizen of the world and can even make you a better person. A complete curriculum vitae can be found on the University of Denver Portfolio pages.
Favorite book: Christine de Pizan's La Cité des dames
Favorite film: Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête
Favorite foods : chocolate and raspberries -together if possible
Ambition: to have a pied à terre in Paris; to be transported to the Middle Ages (preferably not during a plague year) for answers to all those questions to which I currently have to respond « We just don't know.»

French Courses Taught:

  • Français élémentaire
  • Français du deuxième degré
  • Lire, écrire et parler
  • Stylistique avancée
  • Introduction à la littérature française
  • Langue, culture, film: les Français et leur histoire
  • Langue, culture, film: l?Identité
  • Langue, culture, film: les Femmes
  • Langue, culture, film: Paris
  • La Civilisation contemporaine
  • Le Théâtre du moyen âge
  • Le Théâtre du vingtième siècle
  • L'Amour et la mort
  • Le Genre et les genres au moyen âge
  • La Littérature courtoise en contexte
  • Vues d' Amérique
  • Christine de Pizan
  • Chrétien de Troyes
  • La Littérature francophone africaine et caraïbe
  • Conversation et Composition
  • Déjà Vu: French Films and their American Remakes (AHUM)

PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison


False Roses: Structures of Duality and Deceit in Jean deMeun's Roman de la Rose.  Stanford French and Italian Studies 69. Saratoga, CA: Anma Libri, 1991.

The Montpellier Codex (translation and introduction).  Recent Research in the Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance 8. Madison, WI: A&R Editions, 1985.


Medieval Fusion: Theater and Ritual in the Fourteenth-Century Miracles de Nostre Dame par personages.


"Skeptical Takes on Courtly Culture in the Miracles de Nostre Dame par personnages." Courtly Arts and the Art of Courtliness, ed. Christopher Kleinhenz and Keith Busby.  Cambridge, U.K.:  Boydell and Brewer, 2006.

"Pilgrimage and Dream Vision in Christine de Pizan."  Journeys Toward God: Pilgrimage and Crusade. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 1992.

"Affirming the Writer: The Subtext of Christine de Pizan's Lavision Christine."  Continental, Latin-American and Francophone Women Writers: Selected  Papers from the Wichita State University Conference on Foreign Literature, 1986-87. University Press of American, 1990. 


"Language, Culture, Film and Now the Computer."  Exploring New Directions in Language Teaching Technologies, ed. Ute S. Lahaie.  Waco, TX: Language Acquisition Center of Baylor University, 2001.

"Teaching Culture Through Film: Pitfalls and Possibilities"  SOCALL 2000: Uniting Language, Culture, and Technology in the New Millennium Ed. Ute Lahaie.  Kearney, Nebraska: Morris Publishing, 2000.

"Allegory and Artistic Production in the Poetry of Charles d'Orleans."  Fifteenth Century Studies  14 (May, 1988).


Heller-Roazen, Daniel.  Fortune?s Faces: The "Roman de la rose" and the Poetics of ContingencySpeculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 81,1 (2006): 201-203.


Guiget, Jean. "Jeu de miroirs: jeu de massacre."  Critical Assessments of Writers in English: Virginia Woolf.  Ed. Eleanor McNees. London:  Information Ltd. 1994.