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Jody Enders

French and Italian Department
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Tel: (805) 893-3111/4696
Fax: (805) 893-8826
Email: jenders@french-ital.ucsb.edu

Professor of French and Dramatic Art, Jody Enders is a Guggenheim fellow and winner of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize in French and Francophone Studies from the Modern Language Association for Rhetoric and the Origins of Medieval Drama (Cornell, 1992). She was Chair of the interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Program in 2001-2002 and is the author of numerous articles on early drama, rhetoric, epic, romance, and lyric poetry in such journals as PMLA, Rhetorica, Olifant, Modern Language Quarterly, Exemplaria and Comparative Drama. Her Medieval Theater of Cruelty (Cornell, 1998) explores the interplay among torture, rhetoric, and aesthetics. Her latest work, Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends (Chicago, 2002) is the winner of the 2003 Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theater History and Cognate Studies.

Fields of Interest

  • Medieval Literature
  • History of Rhetoric
  • Performance Theory
  • Interrelations of Law and Literature

    Books and Recent Articles

  • Death by Drama and Other Medieval Urban Legends (University of Chicago Press, 2002)
  • Medieval Theater of Cruelty (Cornell University Press, 1998)
  • Rhetoric and the Origins of Medieval Drama (Cornell University Press, 1992)
  • Numerous articles such as "Medieval Snuff Drama" and "Dramatic Memories and Tortured Spaces in the Mistere de la Sainte Hostie."
  • "The Spectacle of the Scaffolding: Rape and the Violent Foundations of Medieval Drama Studies" and "Performing Miracles: The Mysterious Mimesis of Valenciennes (1547)"

    Recent Courses Taught

  • Medieval and Renaissance French Civilization
  • Old French
  • Advanced Critical Writing
  • Medieval Drama

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