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Cathy Yandell

W. I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French and Francophone Studies, French and Francophone Studies

Education & Professional History

University of New Mexico, BA; University of California (Berkeley), MA, PhD

IPFE, Sorbonne, Diplôme

Cathy Yandell (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) teaches courses in Early Modern French literature and culture, autobiography, contemporary cultural and political issues in France, and the French language. Her research focuses on the body, temporality, poetics, and gender in Early Modern France. By some quirk of fate, she was knighted by the French government into the Ordre des Palmes académiques in 2019. Having published articles on writers from Louise Labé to Montaigne, she has also authored, edited, and co-edited several books including Carpe Corpus: Time and Gender in Early Modern France, Vieillir à la Renaissance, Memory and Community in Sixteenth-Century France, and most recently a general interest book, The French Art of Living Well: Finding Joie de Vivre in the Everyday World (St Martin’s Press, 2023). Her current project explores the relationship between the body and knowledge, or “ways of knowing,” from Rabelais to Descartes. When not buried in books, she loves dance, yoga, and flying trapeze. She also has a passion for climbing things (mountains, trees . . . and someday, if all goes well, Carleton’s water tower).

At Carleton since 1977.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Recent Articles:

“Le corps criminel dans Les Pitoyables et Funestes Regrets de Marguerite d’Auge.” In Harmoniques littéraires. Études en l’honneur de Jean-Philippe Beaulieu, ed. Diane Desrosiers and Renée-Claude Breitenstein, McGill University Press, forthcoming 2024.

“Eros and Authority: Rereading Pontus de Tyard’s Solitaires,” Lingua Romana,  2023.

“Ronsard et la corporalité des fleurs.” In Éloge du singulier. Lire la littérature de la Renaissance avec Ullrich Langer, edited by Virginia Krause and Jan Miernowski. Paris: Éditions Garnier, forthcoming.

“Montaigne’s Cogito,” Montaigne Studies 35 (2023): 149-162.

The Body in Renaisance France: Signifier, Symbol, Metaphor.” Routledge Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, edited by Kristen Poole and Gary Ferguson, 2022.

“L’empreinte de la ‘paillardize’: Catulle et les Folastries de Ronsard.” In Paris 1553 : audaces et innovations poétiques, edited by Olivier Halévy and Jean Vignes. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2021.

“Sex, Salvation, Extermination: Contrafacta and Religious Conflict in 16th-Century France.” Storytelling in Sixteenth-Century France: Medicine, Literature, and the Arts, edited by Emily Thompson. Newark : University of Delaware Press, 2021. 259-289.

“Ronsard et le corps homérique. Une génuflexion devant l’humanisme,” Année Ronsardienne 2 (2020): 193-213.

Papers and Invited Lectures (see c.v.)

Public Interest Talks

Readings (The French Art of Living Well): Content Books, Northfield, Minnesota; Magers and Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis; Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wisconsin Public Radio, Elliott Bay Books, Seattle; “The Julie Hartman Show”; The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, Paris. Interviews:  “New Morning Seattle,” “Bonjour Minnesota,” KFAI Radio; “Adriana Ink”; Secrets of Paris; France Today, all 2023.

“Lyon in the Renaissance” (on the Amadeus Provence, May 2022)

“Provence through the Eyes and Ear of Van Gogh” (Amadeus Provence, May 2022)

La joie de vivre: the French Art of Living Well” (Amadeus Provence, May 2022)

“Notre-Dame de Paris: A Once and Future Icon”  (Albuquerque, August 2019; Houston, March 2020)

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

Modern Language Association (Executive Committee, two terms; Chair, two terms), 16th-C. French Literature and Culture

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (President and Executive Committee)

Editorial Boards:  French Forum, French Review, Women in French