Sarah Gordon
Associate Professor of French

Contact Information
0720 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, Utah 84322-0720
(435) 797-8213
Office: Main 341B

Dr. Gordon holds a Ph.D in French Language & Literature from Washington University, an M.Phil. in European Literature from Oxford, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. A medievalist, her research focuses on Medieval French verse narrative and lyric poetry and literary humor and imitation.

Her book Culinary Comedy in Medieval French Literature (Purdue University Press 2006) focuses on the intersection of food and humor across several Medieval narrative genres. She has been awarded fellowships from NEH, Mellon, MLA, and others. She has taught at Ohio University, L'Université de Paris Sorbonne/ Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Washington University, and elsewhere. She also brings her experiences living in France and the islands of Francophone New Caledonia to the classroom. Having worked for L'Express/Le Point,, Xerox, and Peugeot in France she also enjoys teaching Business French at USU.

Educational Background

B.A., Comparative Literature,
University of California, Berkeley
M.Phil, European Literature,
Oxford University, England

Ph.D., French Language & Literature,
Washington University in St. Louis

Fellow, ENS-Ecole Normale Supérieure,
France 1998-9

On Campus
Honors ProgramAdvisor for Dept. of Languages, Philosophy & Speech Communication
Advisor, PSI-Pi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society
Advisor, French Club
Member, Allies on Campus
Affiliated/Founding Faculty MEMS (Medieval/Early Modern Studies) Program
Courses Regularly Taught
Textual Analysis: Intro to Literature and Critical Theory
Advanced courses in French Literature and Culture
French Phonetics & Applied Linguistics
Seminar in French and Francophone Studies
Comedy in French Literature 1150-1750
Business French
All levels of French Language and Literature
MSLT Program Master's in Second Language Teaching
USU Summer Study Abroad in France (Annecy, Paris)
Honors 1340/3030

Current Research Interests
Medieval French romance and fabliaux; humor and comedy; literary representations
of consumption and food; parody, pastiche, and literary imitation; translation theory;

Summary of Recent Publications
Culinary Comedy in Medieval French Literature, Purdue University Press, 2006.
Recent Articles

"Calixthe Beyala's Culinary Images,” The Critic, 2006-7.

"Écrivaines médiévales,” Women in French, fall 2005
"Kitchen Knights,” LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 16.2, 2005.

"Culinary Comedy in French Medieval Romance,” Medievalia et Humanistica 30, 2004.

Book Chapters
 "Food Imagery, the Body, and Sexuality in the Old French Fabliaux,” in History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, ed. Classen, De Gruyter Press, forthcoming 2008.

 "Consumption and the Construction of Identity in Medieval European Arthurian Romance,” 79-90, chapter in The European Dimensions of Arthurian Literature, ed. Besamusca, Brandsma, and Busby, Boydell & Brewer, 2007.

"Translation and the Cultural Transformation of a Hero: The Anglo-Norman and Middle English Romances of Guy of Warwick,” chapter in The Medieval Translator. Brepols press, 2007.

"Intertextuality and Comparative Approaches in Medieval Literature,” "Marxist Approaches to Medieval Studies,” "Courtly Romance,” "The Comic,” and "Parody,” articles in Concepts, Methods, and Trends in Medieval Studies, ed. Albrecht Classen, De Gruyter press, forthcoming.

"Humor and Household Relationships with Servants in French Farce,” in The Emotional Household in Europe 1400-1800, ed. Broomhall, Maddern, Sharpe, and Tarbin, Palgrave Press, forthcoming.

"Representations Aging and Disability in French Fabliaux and Farce Households,” in Old Age in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, ed. Classen, De Gruyter, 2006.

"Servanthood,” and "Folly and Madness,” entries for The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2007.

"Blindness,” "Deafness,” and "Lameness” articles on disability in Medieval Pilgrimage, ed. Craig, Brill Press, forthcoming 2007-8.

"François Villon, Le jargon, Le Testament,” article in The Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature, Routledge, 2006.

"Representations of Entomophagy in Literature,” in Insect Poetics, ed. Eric Brown, University of Minnesota Press, 2005.

Dr. Gordon has presented over twenty-five papers at international and national academic conferences, including the following representative presentations:
1. "The Sirventés and the Poetics of Peace and Service,” 42nd InternationalCongress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2007.

2. "Food Imagery, the Body, and Sexuality in the Old French Fabliaux,” Sexuality in the Middle Ages and Renaissance International Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, April 2007.

3. "Disability and Identity in Medieval Literature,” Romance Studies Colloquium: "Literature Matters,” University of Oregon, Eugene, October 2006.

4. "Representations of Aging and Disability in French Farce,” Old Age in the Middle Ages and Renaissance International Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, April 2006.

5. "Courtly Troublemakers and Uncourtly Disruption in Old French Verse Narrative,” also a session chair (invited) for "Troublemakers, Rebels, and Whistle Blowers in the Middle Ages I-II,” 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2006.

6. "Consumption and the Construction of Identity in European Arthurian Romance,” 21 st Triennial International Congress of the International Arthurian Society, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 2005.

7. "Rendering and Recipes: Translation and Adaptation in Fourteenth-Century French and English Culinary Texts,” 40 th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2005.

8. "Culinary Comedy in the Roman de Fergus and the Arthurian Tradition,” also a session chair for "Dissolving Masculinities in Medieval Literature,” Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference on "Feast, Famine, and Fasting: Food and Material Consumption in Medieval and Renaissance Culture,” Arizona State University, February 2005.

9. Cooking and Consumption in the Francophone Novel: Beyala's Comment cuisiner son mari à l'africaine,” also session chair, HICAH International Congress on the Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, January 2005.

10. "Authority and Ruse in the Old French Fabliaux,” AISA 19 th Annual International Conference on Literature and the Visual Arts, Atlanta, October 2004.

11. "Translation or Adaptation of a Hero? The Anglo-Norman and Middle English Romances of Guy of Warwick,” International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Translation in the Middle Ages, Université de Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France, July 2004.

12. "Rhetorical Games in Meraugis de Portlesguez and Lyric Poetry,” 39 th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2004.

13. "Visual Deception and Visual Desire in French Arthurian Romance,” MLA , San Diego, December 2003.

14. "Uncourtly Table Manners: Food Fights and Transgressive Eating in Romance,” 38 th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2003.

15. "‘Such is our Teacher, Good With Justice:' The Moral Education of Children in Courtly Literature,” MLA, San Francisco , Dec. 1991. Youngest MLA presenter (as an undergraduate).

Overview of Professional Experience
Taught at Ohio University, Washington University, L'Université de Paris (La Sorbonne/La Sorbonne-Nouvelle), Lycée Louis Pasteur, and other French Institutions.
Fellow at the École Normale Supérieure in France (ENS Fontenay-St Cloud) 1998-9.
Worked for companies in France such as Xerox, Peugeot, L'Express, and
Textbook reviewer for Thomson/Heinle, Wiley publishers (French and Pedagogy)
Summary of Awards, Honors, Fellowships of Professional
o Top Professor 2007, Mortarboard Honor Society
o Humanist of the Year 2006, LP&SC, USU
o Teacher of the Year 2004-5, LP&SC, USU
o MLA Bibliographer Fellowship Award and Field Bibliographer 2005-8, for French and Comparative Medieval Studies,MLA
International Bibliography
o Mellon Foundation Fellowship, "Early Modern Literature, Politics, and Material Culture”

Curriculum Vitae