Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A. in French Studies, Yale University
M.A., B.A. in French Studies, Brigham Young University
Bruce Hayes is an associate professor of French literature and culture at the University of Kansas, where he has taught since 2001. He specializes in late medieval and Renaissance literature and culture, with a particular focus in popular culture and humor. His current book-length project, Castigating Comedy: Polemical Humor before and during the French Wars of Religion, explores both regionally (Nérac in southern France, Rouen, Geneva, and Paris) and historically (1534, the Affaire des placards to 1572, the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacres), the ideological and polemical uses of comedy during this turbulent time in France’s history. His work has appeared in journals and series such as Études Rabelaisiennes, Cahiers d’Humanisme et Renaissance, French Forum, and Renaissance and Reformation. In 2010, he published a monograph, Rabelais's Radical Farce: Late Medieval Comic Theater and Its Function in Rabelais (Ashgate), which has been called “a thought-provoking contribution to late medieval and Renaissance studies” (Renaissance Quartlerly). Awards and fellowships he has received include a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, an American Philosophical Society Franklin Grant, and a Newberry Library Fellowship. At KU, he is currently the department’s Director of Graduate Studies and has been appointed as Faculty Fellow for Graduate Studies for 2013-14. He is also currently a Hall Center for the Humanities Research Fellow.
Recent Graduate Courses Taught
Masculinity in the Renaissance
Rabelais and Montaigne
Poésie lyrique à la Renaissance
Events, Ideologies, and Literature Surrounding the French Wars of Religion
Introduction to Graduate Studies
Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught
The Obscene and the Grotesque in French Literature
French Literature of the Renaissance
The French Wars of Religion
La France d’aujourd’hui
Survey of French Culture, Middle Ages and Renaissance
Introduction to French Literature
Areas of Interest
French Renaissance Literature and Culture, Renaissance Studies, Late Medieval and Renaissance Drama, Humor Studies
Rabelais’s Radical Farce: Late Medieval Comic Theater and Its Function in Rabelais. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Press, 2010.
Co-edited special issue:
Œuvres et Critiques 38.2 (2013): “Jean Boucher, 1548–1646 ( ?) : prêtre, prédicateur, polémiste”
“Le risus sardonicus de Jean Boucher.” Œuvres et Critiques 38.2 (2013). Forthcoming.
“The Transgressive Ethics of the Trickster in Late Medieval and Post-Reformation French Farce.” At Whom Are We Laughing? Humor in Romance Language Literatures. Zenia Sacks DaSilva and Gregory M. Pell, eds. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013: 41-54.
“Les perplexités de la masculinité : cynisme, scepticisme et caritas chrétienne dans le Tiers livre de Rabelais.” Les Interférences des écoles de pensée antiques dans la littérature de la Renaissance. Edward Tilson, ed. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2013: 205-20.
“‘De rire ne me puys tenir’: Marguerite de Navarre’s Satirical Theater.” La Satire dans tous ses états. Bernd Renner, ed. Cahiers d’Humanisme et Renaissance. Geneva: Droz, 2009: 183-200.
“A Decade of Silence: Rabelais’s Return to Writing in a More Dangerous World.” Études Rabelaisiennes 46 (2008): 101-13.
“Putting the ‘Haute’ Back into the ‘Haute Dame de Paris’: The Politics and Performance of Rabelais’s Radical Farce.” French Forum 32 (2007): 39-52.
Book: Castigating Comedy: Polemical Humor before and during the French Wars of Religion