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Paula E. Leverage


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I am an Assistant Professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Purdue University.  My field of research is Medieval French literature, and cognitive scientific approaches to literary analysis. My interests also include the French novel, francophone literature, and French cinema. 

My book Reception and Memory: A Cognitive Approach to the Chansons de Geste is forthcoming in Rodopi's Faux Titre series (eds. Keith Busby and Michael Freeman). Among my publications are "Unrolling Memories: Audience Inscription in the Renaut de Montauban Prologue,"  published in Romania (2000); and "Memory and Mnemonic Images in some Chanson de geste Prologues," which appeared in Romance Languages Annual (1999). 

In Fall 2008 I shall be teaching a seminar on Cognitive Approaches to Medieval French Literature. In Fall 2007 I co-taught a seminar on Theory of Mind and Literature with my colleague Professor Howard Mancing. This seminar prepared graduate students to participate meaningfully in the international, interdisciplinary Theory of Mind and Literature conference, held at Purdue University, November 1-3, 2007, which I co-organized with colleagues from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, and the Department of Psychological Sciences. Other courses I have taught include Business French, French Graduate Reading, French Language and Culture, French Expression and Civilization, and French conversation.

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