Faculty Profile

French Faculty

Kristin Juel, PhD

Modern Languages and Literature Department Chair, Associate Professor of Modern Languages: French

M.A., Ph.D. Indiana University
B.A. St. Olaf College

Area of Expertise:

Medieval French literature

Courses I Teach:

  • Grammar and Composition (FR308)
  • First, Second, and Third Semester French (FR101, FR102, FR203)
  • French Film (FR430)
  • French Poetry (FR445)
  • French Theater (FR425)
  • Medieval French Culture (FR 315)
  • Senior Seminar (FR460)

My Saint Michael's:

I chose to teach at a small private college because I enjoy teaching a little of everything. I love to see the progress of language students as much as I love watching students come to appreciate the literature.

The Saint Michael’s environment is a very caring one, one that will facilitate your intellectual, spiritual and personal growth. I appreciate the diversity of the student body and the faculty and the energy that they bring to the institution.

Saint Michael’s students seem to have a real curiosity about, and respect for, other people and their cultures. I love giving oral exams at the end of FR101 and FR102. While it’s probably the aspect of the course that students fear the most, it’s incredibly satisfying to see how much they can actually communicate after just one or two semesters.

Research Interests:

I focus on medieval literature, particularly the allegorical. I have published articles on the epic Floovant as well as a number of articles on the role of chess in medieval French chess moralities and romance.

My recent publications include the article "Chess, Love, and the Rhetoric of Distraction in Medieval French Narrative" in Romance Philology (2010) and "Chess and Sin in a Mid-Thirteenth Century Anglo-French Poem," forthcoming in Neuphilologische Mitteilungen.

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