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Paula E. Leverage

University Education

Ph.D., University of Toronto, January 1999.  Dissertation Title: Memory and the Chanson de Geste. Supervisor: Professor E. A. Heinemann, Department of French and Centre for Medieval Studies. Committee: Professor Brian Stock, Professor Robert Taylor, Professor Peter Grillo, Professor Will Robins.

M.A., University of Cambridge, Girton College, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (French and German), February 1995.

M.A., University of Warwick, in French Studies (by research), July 1994. Title of thesis: Transformative Poetics: An Analysis of the Hagiographical Elements of Girart de Roussillon.

B.A. hons, University of Cambridge, Girton College, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (French and German), June 1992. Undergraduate thesis: Silence and Revolt in the Works of Albert Camus.

Advanced Oral Certificate in French, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, June 1992.
 

Honors and Awards

Nominated for the College of Liberal Arts’ Excellence in Teaching Award, by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 2007, and 2008. The decision for the 2008 competition is pending.

Center for Undergraduate Instructional Excellence Fellowship. Project: “Cognitive Approaches to Literature, Film and Pedagogy:  Exploring Memory with(in) Undergraduates.” Purdue University, January 2007.

Dean’s Teaching Incentive Grant ($750), Purdue University, October, 2006, “Exploring Memory and Amnesia Through Literature and Film.”

Outstanding Professor 2005-06, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Purdue University.

Purdue Research Foundation Summer Faculty Grant: Summer, 2006.

HSSE Grant ($2500) with Robert Freeman. Spring, 2006.

Purdue Research Foundation International Travel Grant ($1000), January 2005.

Liberal Arts Travel Grant ($400), January, 2005.

Dean’s Research Incentive Grant ($958), Purdue University, October, 2004.

Dean’s Teaching Incentive Grant ($750), Purdue University, October, 2004.

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Fellowship, University of Toronto, summer, 2004.

Finalist for FLL Teaching Award, Purdue University, 2000-2001.

Finalist for FLL Teaching Award, Purdue University, 1999-2000.

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Fellowship, University of Toronto, summer,  2000.

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Fellowship, University of Toronto, summer,  1999.

Commonwealth Fellowship 1993-1998.

Graduate Student Member, Council of Victoria College, University of Toronto, 1998-1999.

Graduate Bursary, University of Toronto, 1998.

Graduate Assistantship, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, 1997-1998.

Travel Bursary, University of Toronto, 1997.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Scholarship in French Studies 1992-93.

Norwich Union Insurance Group Undergraduate Scholarship 1988-92.
 

Research

Publications:

Monograph:

Reception and Memory: A Cognitive Approach to the Chansons de Geste (forthcoming in Rodopi's Faux Titre series. Eds. Keith Busby and Michael Freeman).

Edited volumes:

Co-editor (with Howard Mancing, Richard Schweickert and Jennifer William), Theory of Mind and Literature, to be published by Purdue University Press.

Co-editor (with Howard Mancing), Studies in Theory of Mind: Literature and Beyond (under consideration at Purdue University Press).

Articles:

“Is Perceval autistic? : Theory of Mind in the Conte del Graal,” in Theory of Mind and Literature, ed. Paula Leverage, Howard Mancing, Richard Schweickert and Jennifer William (see above).

“Sex and the Sacraments in Tristan de Nanteuil” in Sexuality in the Middle Ages, ed. Albrecht Classen. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008, (forthcoming).

“Reading Hagiography in an Epic: The Liturgical Calendar in Girart de Roussillon”  Dalhousie French Studies (81), Winter 2007, 1-12.

 “The Reception of the Chansons de geste,” Olifant: A Publication of the Société Rencesvals North American Branch, Special issue, ed. Anne Berthelot, and in Epic
Studies: Acts of the Storrs Conference. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on the International Rencesvals Society (forthcoming).

“The Five Dreams of Girart de Roussillon,” Olifant, New Series, (24.1), 2005, 39-60.

“Medieval Mnemonic in Camus’ L’Étranger,” Romance Notes (45.2), 2005, 203-9.

"Identité variable: quand la répétition ne se répète pas," in L'Épopée romane au Moyen Âge et aux temps modernes, Actes du XIV Congrès de la Société Rencesvals pour l'étude des Épopées Romanes (Naples, 24-30 juillet 1997). 2 vols. Ed. Salvatore Luongo. Naples, Fridericiana Editrice Universitaria, 2001.

"Unrolling Memories: Audience Inscription in the Renaut de Montauban  Prologue,"  Romania: Revue trimestrielle consacrée à líétude des langues et des littératures romanes, 118 (2000), 206-18.

"Memory and Mnemonic Images in some Chanson de geste Prologues," in Romance Languages Annual, 1999.

Reviews:

Michael A.H. Newth, Aymeri of Narbonne: A French Epic Romance. First English Translation (New York: Italica Press, 2005), Olifant New Series, (24.1), 2005, 69-72.

Invited papers:

“Macrobean Dream Classification in Girart de Roussillon,” Michigan Medieval Seminar, University of Michigan, October 28-29, 2005 (invited by Peggy McCracken and Cathy Sanok).

Papers given and conference activity:

“La réception des chansons de geste en Occitanie,” at La Diaspora occitane au Moyen Âge, King’s College, London, 5-7 June, 2008.

Organizer for the sessions “Cognitive Approaches to Medieval Literature: I and II,” the 43rd International Congress of Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, 8-11 May 2008.

“Is Perceval autistic? : Theory of Mind in the Conte del Graal,” Theory of Mind and Literature, Purdue University, 1-4 November, 2007.

Presider for the session “Epic Movie,” MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, 27-30 December, 2007.

Presider for the session “Medievalism and the Chanson de geste,” at the 42nd International Congress of Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, 10-13 May 2007 (May, 12. 2007).

“Love in a Tub : Sex Changes and the Divine in a chanson de geste,” at the 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, May 10-13, 2007 (May, 12. 2007).

“Shapeshifting in Tristan de Nanteuil,” Medieval and Renaissance Studies Seminar, Purdue University, Spring, 2006.

“The Reception of the chansons de geste,” International Conference of the International Rencesvals Society, University of Connecticut, July 23, 2006.

“De male gent vos peüst remenbrer: Audience, Memory and Commemoration in the Epic,” 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, May 6, 2006.

“Medieval Memory, Reader Response and Creative Blends,” Conference on Literature and Cognitive Science, University of Connecticut, April 7, 2006.

“Remembering Repetitions: The Old French Epic and Hollywood,” “The Middle Ages on Film” conference, St. Andrew’s University, Scotland, July 7-9, 2005.

“Birthing the Epic Hero: Redemptive Reproduction or Just Another Heir?” Société Rencesvals session (organized by Professor Kimberlee Campbell of Harvard University) at the 40th International Congress of Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, May 2005.

“Childbirth, Authorship and Language in Old French Epic and Romance,” Medieval Monday Seminar, Purdue University, November 15, 2004.

“Childbirth in the Masculine Discourse of Medieval French Romance and Epic," RMMLA meeting in Boulder, Colorado, October 1, 2004. 

“Translating the Scalacronica from the Perspective of Romance Epic,” 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, May 8, 2004.

“ ‘Le sens qida changier’: Uncontrollable Emotion and Its Measured Expression in the Old French Epic,” in the Société Rencesvals’ session "Who Says That Grown Men Don’t Cry: Expressing Emotions in the Epic,’ 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 11, 2003.

“Reason and Emotion in Raoul de Cambrai,” Medieval Monday Seminar, Purdue University, April 14, 2003.

“A Roman Memory Palace in the Stranger’s Prison,” 55th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, April 20, 2002.

"The Body in Pain: Dismemberment, Death and Mourning in Medieval France," Organizer and Chair, The Thirty-Sixth International Congress on Medieval Studies, 3-6 May 2001, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 6, 2001.

"Re-membering Old French Heroes," Medieval Monday Seminar, Purdue University, April 10, 2000.

"Reception as Remembering in the Old French Epic," Modern Language Association of America Convention, Chicago, December 29, 1999.

"Mnemonic Imagery in some Chanson de Geste Prologues," presented at The Eleventh Annual Purdue University Conference on Romance Languages, Literatures and Film, October 8, 1999.

"Amplification, Repetition and Textual Articulation in Old French and Old Occitan Narrative Poetry," Work in Medieval Studies Colloquium, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 1996.

"The Long and the Short of Renaut de Montauban: An Analysis of Narrative Structure, Laisse Length and Repetition," at The Thirtieth International Congress on Medieval Studies, 1995, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

Seminars and Groups:

Old French Reading Group, Purdue University, August 2001 - to the present.

Co-chair of "Fact and Fiction: Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the End of the Millennium," Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, summer 1999.

Organized A Celebration of Medieval Poetry, Centre for Medieval Studies, 1995. This event brought together students and professors with a common interest in poetry. Poetry was recited, and/or accompanied by mime or music that was provided through the generous participation of Sine Nomine, the medieval musical ensemble of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

Research interests:

Old French / Occitan literature and language; the codicology and paleography of Old French / Old Occitan manuscripts; French Canadian literature.

Languages:

Comprehensive fluency (speaking, writing, reading) in French, German.
Fluent reading / teaching knowledge of Old French, Old Occitan, Classical Latin, Medieval Latin.

Research projects:

French and German Reader to the ITER project, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto. ITER is an international, on-line, searchable bibliography for the period 400-1700. My work with ITER involved selecting articles (French, German and English) and writing abstracts for the database. http://iter.library.utoronto.ca/iter/iter61.htm#Assistants

Research Assistant to Professor Virginia Brown, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum (Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Translations and Commentaries) project.
 
T
eaching

Visiting Assistant Professor of French, Purdue University, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, August 2000 - to the present.

Lecturer, Purdue University, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, January 1999-2000.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, German Reading Course, University of Toronto, Centre for Medieval Studies, 1994 - 1999.

Volunteer Instructor to the Missionaries of Charity tutoring programme for underprivileged children in Parkdale, Toronto, 1997-1998.

ESL Instructor, Grenoble, France, 1990-91 -  in Collège Malraux, Collège St. Egrève, Collège St. Martin díHères.
 

Other

Interviewer for the French programs of the Study Abroad Program, Purdue University, October, 2000.

Guest speaker at Study Abroad Orientation, Purdue University for students preparing to study in France, April 1999.

Professional Training Courses:

Teaching at a Distance Workshop, Purdue University, May 16, 2000.

PowerPoint Workshop, Purdue University, March 2000.

College Teaching Workshop, May Intensive, Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University, 1999.

Committee Work:

Student member of The Modern Language Committee of the Centre for Medieval Studies, 1994-1997 (Chair: H. Mayer). This committee organizes and oversees the graduate language exams of the Centre for Medieval Studies.

Registrar for the conference, The Cruelty of Heresy, Toronto, June 1998.

Member of the Program Committee for the 1997 meeting of The Medieval Academy of America at Toronto.

Member of the Student Committee of the Centre for Medieval Studies, 1994-95.

Learned Societies:

Société Rencesvals, pour líétude des épopées romanes; Modern Language Association of America.

Interests:

Running 10km races and half-marathons; cross-country / downhill skiing; playing violin and piano; traveling; spending time with friends and family.

 

Recommendations

Professor E.A. Heinemann, University of Toronto, Department of French and Centre for Medieval Studies.

Professor Brian Stock, University of Toronto, Department of Comparative Literature and Centre for Medieval Studies.

Professor Thomas Broden, Purdue University, Department of French.

 

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