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Susan Stakel

Susan   Stakel

Background:

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

Publications:

BOOKS
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.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

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

BOOK CHAPTERS: 

"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. 

ARTICLES:

"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).

BOOK REVIEW:

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.

TRANSLATION:      

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