French and Francophone Studies
Doctorat es Lettres, University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, 1987
Areas of Expertise
Old French and Occitan – Anglo-Norman (the medieval francophonie)
Medieval Literature (Ancien Français, Middle English, Mittel Hoch Deutsch)
Fantasy in Literature
The History of Magic
An “agrégée des lettres” and a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Anne Berthelot is now professor of French and Medieval Studies at the University of Connecticut. Following her dissertation for the French “Doctorat d’Etat” on the writer in 13th century French literature, she has written numerous books and articles on Medieval literature; she specializes in Arthurian Literature with a comparative approach, and has published numerous books and articles on this topic, especially on Merlin.
Her most recent book is Histoire d’Arthur et de Merlin, a French translation of the Middle-English Arthurian romance Of Arthour and of Merlin published by the Press of the University of Grenoble, ELLUG (2013). She is currently engaged in a multi-volume project on Late Arthurian Texts in Europe (LATE) with Prof. Christine Ferlampin-Acher (U. Rennes 2) and has been devoting her Spring 2016 sabbatical, to a study on the Roman des fils du roi Constant.
She is also interested in modern Fantasy, especially rewritings of the Arthurian legend. She has published several articles on the topic and is presently putting the final touches on a study on “Magic in Fantasy” with Dr. Alain Lescart (PLNU). She is also part of the team putting together the first ever Dictionnaire de la Fantasy, to be published in 2018.
Recently, she has started exploring magical texts from the Middle Ages and the so-called Renaissance period, and has created several courses, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, on the history of magic, and variations of belief in the supernatural area.
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