Department of French and Italian


Jody Enders

Jody Enders
Professor of French and Theater
Affiliate of the Department of English
Affiliate of Medieval Studies Program
Educational Background
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1980-86
    Ph.D. in Romance Languages, 1986
  • University of Virginia, 1973-80
    M.A. in French Literature, 1979
    B.A. in French, Russian summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1977
  • Universit√© de Paris III, Institut de Langues et Civilisations Orientales, 1975-76

Academic Distinctions and Awards
  • Barnard Hewitt Award, 2003, for outstanding research in Theater History and Cognate Studies, from the American Society of Theatre Research for Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends
  • Honorable Mention for the Joe A. Callaway Prize for Best Book in Drama or Theatre
  • Finalist for George Freedley Memorial Award from the Theatre Library Association
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1999 for Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends
  • Inaugural Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize, 1993, French and Francophone Studies, awarded by the Modern Language Association, to Rhetoric and the Origins of Medieval Drama
  • Official Visitor to the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University. Spring, 1997
  • Mary Isabel Sibley Award from the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, 1986-87

Research Interests
  • Medieval theater and performance; medieval French literature
  • Theater history; history of comedy
  • History of rhetoric
  • Performance theory
  • Interrelations of law and literature

Major Publications
  • The Farce of the Fart and Other Ribaldries: Twelve Medieval French Plays in Modern English. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011
  • Murder by Accident: Medieval Theater, Modern Media, Critical Intentions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009
  • Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002
  • The Medieval Theater of Cruelty: Rhetoric, Memory, Violence. 1999; rpt. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002
  • Rhetoric and the Origins of Medieval Drama. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992
  • & many articles in such journals as Mediaevalia, Modern Language Quarterly, Rhetorica, Theatre Journal, Yale French Studies
  • Editor, special issue of Theater Survey, 45.2 (November 2004): "Theater History in the New Millenium"

Books In Progress
  • Death by Drama II: Medieval Theater on Trial

Editorial Work
  • Theatre Survey, Editor, 2004-2006; Associate Editor, 2002-2004
Quarter Course Title
Winter 2011 FR 151A Medieval Urban Legends
Fall 2010 FR 148A Law and Literature in the Middle Ages
Fall 2010 FR 104A Expository Writing
Spring 2010 FR 26 Advanced Composition
Winter 2010 FR 227C Medieval Theater and Theatricality
Fall 2008 FR 227A Introduction to Old French
Fall 2008 FR 226C Rhetoric and Literature
Spring 2008 FR 11B French for Graduate Students
Fall 2007 FR 233A Advanced Critical Writing
Winter 2007 FR 227C Medieval Theater and Theatricality
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