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Jeff Rider

Professor of French

Downey House, 294 High Street, 118
860-685-3093

Professor, Medieval Studies

jrider@wesleyan.edu

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BA Yale University
MA University of Chicago
PHD University of Chicago

Jeff Rider

Jeff Rider is a professor of the literature and history of medieval Europe. He specializes in Flemish history, the Arthurian legend and medievalism (the reception and uses of medieval artifacts in contemporary society).


Professor Rider is the author, editor or translator of eleven books and has published over thirty articles, essays, or chapters in collective works. His major publications include God’s Scribe: The Historiographical Art of Galbert of Bruges (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2001), an edition of Galbert of Bruges’s De multro, traditione et occisione gloriosi Karoli comitis Flandriarum (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 1994) and a translation of this same work: The Murder, Betrayal, and Slaughter of the Glorious Charles, Count of Flanders (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013). He has also edited Walter of Thérouanne’s Vita Karoli comitis Flandrie et Vita domni Ioannis Morinensis episcopi (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2006) and co-edited and co-translated the thirteenth-century Lai du conseil (Liverpool, UK: University of Liverpool, Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, 2013). He is the editor or co-editor of numerous collective volumes including Obscurity in Medieval Texts (Krems an der Donau, Austria: Medium Aevum Quotidianum, Gesellschaft zur Erforschung der materiellen Kultur des Mittelalter, 2013), The Inner Life of Women in Medieval Romance Literature: Grief, Guilt and Hypocrisy (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Le Diocèse de Thérouanne au Moyen Age (Arras: Commission départementale d’Histoire et d’Archéologie du Pas-de-Calais, 2010), and Galbert of Bruges and the Historiography of Medieval Flanders (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2009).

He is currently at work on editions of the earliest works of the medieval Flemish historical tradition, translations of Walter of Thérouanne’s hagiographical works, and a book on The Usefulness of the Middle Ages.

Professor Rider has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, the American Philosophical Society, the Rotary Foundation, and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

A graduate of Yale University in combined French and English literature (1976), he received a Diplôme d’études médiévales from the Université Catholique de Louvain (1977) and a master’s and doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Chicago (1978 and 1983). His teaching specialties are medieval and Renaissance French literature, the Arthurian legend, and medieval Flemish history.

At Wesleyan, Professor Rider has served as chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department and the Medieval Studies Program, and has been the resident director of the Wesleyan Program in Paris numerous times. He has chaired the Educational Policy Committee, the Faculty Committee on Rights and Responsibilities, and served as Vice-Chair of the Review and Appeals Board (personnel). He has also served on the Advisory Committee (personnel), the Committee on Honors and the Faculty Student Affairs Committee.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

By appointment.

Courses

Fall 2017
FIST 176 - 01
Days And Knights Of The Round

FREN 112 - 01
Intermediate French II

Spring 2018
FREN 215 - 01
Composition and Conversation