Wendy Pfeffer

pfeffer_picutre.jpgWendy Pfeffer holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto. She is professor of French and also serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has been recognized by the French government as an officer in the Order of Arts and Letters. Prior to coming to UofL, she held a Killam Fellowship at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has also been the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship, for work conducted in Toulouse, France.

Her research and publications focus on the literature and languages of medieval France, including Occitan. Her books include: The Change of Philomel: The Nightingale in Medieval Literature (1985); Proverbs in Medieval Occitan Literature (1997); La littérature occitane: 30 années de recherches (2011); as well as editions of Old French texts in Three Medieval Views of Women (1989) and Songs of the Women Trouvères: An Anthology (2001). She is the author of numerous articles on aspects of medieval French and Occitan literature, as well as the occasional piece on contemporary culture.

Her most recent research deals with the language and imagery of food in medieval Occitan literature and culture; she is also also working on a new edition and translation of the Occitan verse romance, Blandin of Cornwall, Blandin de Cornualha.

She has taught graduate seminars on contemporary French culture and on medieval literature; at the undergraduate level, she teaches French composition and other courses in the major.