Catherine Emerson

Lecturer Above The Bar BA, MSt, PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
Dept. of French
Arts Millennium Building
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 3801
E: catherine.emerson@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

 I studied French and History at Trinity College Oxford, where I got my BA and my Master of Studies. I then went to Hull where I studied for a PhD and started teaching as a Graduate Research Assistant in the French Department and the Centre for Medieval Studies.

My research interests are in mémoires, life writing, canon formation and identities. I am particularly interested in expressions of identity in the Burgundian Netherlands and in modern Belgium and I am currently completing a book Regarding Manneken Pis: Culture, Celebration and Conflict in Brussels.

I am currently head of second year and year abroad co-ordinator in the BA programme in French. I teach French language in second year and French literature in all years of the BA programme. I especially enjoy teaching medieval literature, language and culture. 

I have been a member of the Examinations Appeals committee for many years and I am currently its chair. 

Research Interests

My research is primarily in the late medieval period: my doctorate was a study of the Mémoires of Olivier de la Marche (ca. 1426-1502) and the culture of the Burgundian Netherlands. I am also interested in manuscript and print culture, in the relationship between history and literature and in the civic and regional societies of Belgium. I am currently working on two projects - a study of Manneken-Pis, a urinating fountain in Brussels, and its cultural significance, and an examination of one sixteenth-century editor of medieval texts, Denis Sauvage, and his impact on the canon.

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
IRC POSTGRADUATE BARRY NEVIN CATHERINE EMERSON 01-OCT-13 30-SEP-15
ARTFUL DECEPTIONS CONFERENCE C EMERSON 01-OCT-06 10-MAR-10
MF2003 MF7 03 M CATHERINE EMERSON 05-DEC-03 05-DEC-04

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Bastards in the Belgian Manuscript'
Emerson, Catherine (2013) 'Bastards in the Belgian Manuscript'. Irish Journal Of French Studies, 13 :1-15 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'No Way to Treat your Mother: Understanding Petit Jehan de Saintré's Rage'
Catherine Emerson (2011) 'No Way to Treat your Mother: Understanding Petit Jehan de Saintré's Rage'. French Studies, 65 (4):429-443 [Details]
(2007) 'Manneken-Pis and the Deification of Boyhood'
Emerson, C. (2007) 'Manneken-Pis and the Deification of Boyhood'. THYMOS: JOURNAL OF BOYHOOD STUDIES, 1 (2):138-156 [Details]
(2006) 'Le Rôle de quelques personnages mineurs dans les Mémoires d’Olivier de la Marche/ The part played by some minor characters in Olivier de la Marche's 'Memoires''
Emerson, C. (2006) 'Le Rôle de quelques personnages mineurs dans les Mémoires d’Olivier de la Marche/ The part played by some minor characters in Olivier de la Marche's 'Memoires''. LE MOYEN AGE, 112 (03-Apr):495-506 [Details]
(2005) 'Five Centuries of Olivier de La Marche: The Rhetoric of the 'Mémoires' in the Hands of Scribes, Editors and Translators'
Emerson, C. (2005) 'Five Centuries of Olivier de La Marche: The Rhetoric of the 'Mémoires' in the Hands of Scribes, Editors and Translators'. REVUE BELGE DE PHILOLOGIE ET D'HISTOIRE, 83 :1103-1131 [Details]
(2004) 'The Infant of Brussels: The Manneken-Pis as Christ Child'
Emerson, C. (2004) 'The Infant of Brussels: The Manneken-Pis as Christ Child'. IRISH JOURNAL OF FRENCH STUDIES, 3 :94-108 [Details]
(2003) 'Who Witnessed and Narrated the 'Banquet of the Pheasant' (1454)? A Codicological Examination of the Account's Five Versions'
Emerson, C. (2003) 'Who Witnessed and Narrated the 'Banquet of the Pheasant' (1454)? A Codicological Examination of the Account's Five Versions'. FIFTEENTH CENTURY STUDIES, 28 :124-137 [Details]
(2003) 'Au Commencement de mon eaige et du premier temps que je puis entrer en matière. L’Unité du temps et de l’espace dans le récit de la jeunesse d’Olivier'
Emerson, C. (2003) 'Au Commencement de mon eaige et du premier temps que je puis entrer en matière. L’Unité du temps et de l’espace dans le récit de la jeunesse d’Olivier'. PUBLICATION DU CENTRE EUROPEEN DES ETUDES BOURGUIGNONNES (XIVe-XVIe s.), 43 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2015) Regarding Manneken Pis: Culture, Celebration and Conflict in Brussels.
Emerson, Catherine (2015) Regarding Manneken Pis: Culture, Celebration and Conflict in Brussels. Oxford: Legenda. [Details]
(2006) Artful Deceptions: Les Supercheries Littéraires Et Visuelle: Verbal And Visual Trickery in French Culture/ la Tromperie Dans La Culture Française.
Emerson, C. (2006) Artful Deceptions: Les Supercheries Littéraires Et Visuelle: Verbal And Visual Trickery in French Culture/ la Tromperie Dans La Culture Française. : Peter Lang. [Details]
(2004) Olivier de La Marche and the Rhetoric of Fifteenth-century Historiography.
Emerson, C. (2004) Olivier de La Marche and the Rhetoric of Fifteenth-century Historiography. : Boydell & Brewer Woodbridge. [Details]
(2001) Framing the Text: Reading Tradition and Image. Medieval Europe.
Emerson, C. (2001) Framing the Text: Reading Tradition and Image. Medieval Europe. : Medievalia. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Mémoires pour servir à l''histoire de France: Un aperçu d'un genre à ses origines'
Emerson, Catheirne (2013) 'Mémoires pour servir à l''histoire de France: Un aperçu d'un genre à ses origines' In: Le Sens du Passé. Pour une nouvelle approche des Mémoires. Rennes: PUR La Licorne. [Details]
(2013) 'La (non) réception de Molinet : l'ouvrage de l'indiciaire à l'âge de l'imprimé'
Emerson, Catherine (2013) 'La (non) réception de Molinet : l'ouvrage de l'indiciaire à l'âge de l'imprimé' In: Jean Molinet et son Temps. Turnhout: Brepols. [Details]
(2013) 'Au commencement était la parole: comment un genre naissant se définit par les mots d'autrui'
Emerson, Catherine (2013) 'Au commencement était la parole: comment un genre naissant se définit par les mots d'autrui' In: La Parole dans les mémoires d'ancien régime (XVIe-XIX) siècles). Nantes: Editions Nouvelles Cécile Defaut. [Details]
(2013) 'Denis Sauvage - Renaissance Editor of Medieval Manuscripts'
Emerson, Catherine (2013) 'Denis Sauvage - Renaissance Editor of Medieval Manuscripts' In: Authority in European Book Culture 1400-1600. Farnham: Ashgate. [Details]
(2013) 'Les Illustrations du Chevalier délibéré: Autoportrait ou création de personnage?'
Emerson; Catherine (2013) 'Les Illustrations du Chevalier délibéré: Autoportrait ou création de personnage?' In: L'Autoportrait dans la littérature française du Moyen Age au XVIIe siècle. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes. [Details]
(2012) 'Qui a lu Commynes au XIXe siècle ?'
Catherine Emerson (2012) 'Qui a lu Commynes au XIXe siècle ?' In: 1511-2011 Philippe de Commynes. Droit, écriture : deux piliers de la souveraineté. Geneva: Droz. [Details]
(2010) '‘A Question of Paternity: Denis Sauvage, Philippe de Commynes and Olivier de La Marche’'
Emerson, C. (2010) '‘A Question of Paternity: Denis Sauvage, Philippe de Commynes and Olivier de La Marche’' In: Essays in Later Medieval French Literature: The Legacy of Jane H. M. Taylor ed. by Rebecca Dixon (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010). [Details]
(2010) '‘The Bridge at Montereau: Assassination as Urban Spectacle’'
Emerson, C. (2010) '‘The Bridge at Montereau: Assassination as Urban Spectacle’' In: Performance. Drama and Spectacle in the Medieval City (Leuven: Peeters). [Details]
(2007) '‘Pis(s)ing on Intercultural Boundaries: Manneken-Pis and Cultural Identity’'
Emerson, C. (2007) '‘Pis(s)ing on Intercultural Boundaries: Manneken-Pis and Cultural Identity’' In: Intercultural Spaces: Language, Culture, Identity, ed. by Aileen Pearson-Evans and Angela Leahy (New York: Lang). [Details]
(2006) '‘To Set a Thief to Catch a Thief’'
Emerson, C. (2006) '‘To Set a Thief to Catch a Thief’' In: Artful Deceptions: Les Supercheries Littéraires Et Visuelle/ Verbal And Visual Trickery. Peter Lang Oxford. [Details]
(2006) 'La Double Vie d’Olivier de La Marche'
Emerson, C. (2006) 'La Double Vie d’Olivier de La Marche' In: L'écrit et le manuscrit à la fin du Moyen Âge. Turnhout: Brepols. [Details]
(2006) 'Are You Taking the Piss(e)? : Early Appearances of the Urinating Boy in the Low Countries and Northern Franc'
Emerson, C. (2006) 'Are You Taking the Piss(e)? : Early Appearances of the Urinating Boy in the Low Countries and Northern Franc' In: Grant Risee? The Medieval Comic Presence/ La Présence Comique Médiévale. Turnhout: Brepols. [Details]
(2003) 'Did Olivier de La Marche Speak Dutch?'
Emerson, C. (2003) 'Did Olivier de La Marche Speak Dutch?' In: Mémoire en Temps Advenir: Hommage à Théo Venckeleer. Louvain: Peeters. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2010)
Emerson, Catherine; Tudor, Adrian P.; Longtin, Mario (Ed.). (2010) Performance, Drama and Spectacle in the Medieval City. Louvain: Peeters. [Details]
(2001)
Emerson; Catherine, O'Brien; Edward A., Semichon; Laurent (Ed.). (2001) Auctoritas. Authorship and Authority. Glasgow: University of Glasgow French and German Publications. [Details]
(2000)
Duffy; Larry, Emerson; Catherine (Ed.). (2000) La Nature dévoilée. French Literary Responses to Science. Hull: Department of French, Univeristy of Hull. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2014) Seventh International Medieval Chronicle Conference,
Emerson, Catherine (2014) Using an Example: Denis Sauvage, Philippe de Commynes and the “Vieil Exemplaire”. [Conference Paper], Seventh International Medieval Chronicle Conference, University of Liverpool , 07-JUL-14 - 10-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014) Origines. ADEFFI,
Emerson, Catherine (2014) Traducteurs, commentateurs, restorateurs de livres corrompus, et tels autres qui sont subjets à suivre les traces d’autruy : Denis Sauvage meditates on the Renaissance book trade. [Conference Paper], Origines. ADEFFI, Trinity College, Dublin , 17-OCT-14 - 19-OCT-14. [Details]
(2014) Matters of the Word,
Emerson, Catherine (2014) ‘Words on the Page: Typography in Renaissance Medievalism’. [Conference Paper], Matters of the Word, Barnard College, New York , 06-DEC-14 - 06-DEC-14. [Details]
(2014) Chaucer and Realism,
Emerson, Catherine (2014) The Lady and the Lamprey', from Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles and connections to Arabian Nights and Shipman's Tale. [Conference Paper], Chaucer and Realism, National University of Ireland, Galway , 26-JUN-14 - 27-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013) The Multilingual Muse: Transcultural Poetics in the Burgundian Netherlands,
Emerson; Catherine (2013) Paper: ‘Gegraueert en oic dyveerssche ymagyen’: Uses of Code-Switching in Dutch and French'. [Invited Paper], The Multilingual Muse: Transcultural Poetics in the Burgundian Netherlands, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge , 12-SEP-13 - 14-SEP-13. [Details]
(2011) International Congress on Medieval Studies: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo,
Emerson; Catherine (2011) Paper in co-organized session: Where the Author is Obviously Depraved: Attitudes to the Author Revealed in Sauvage's Annotations. [Conference Paper], International Congress on Medieval Studies: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan , 12-MAY-11 - 15-MAY-11. [Details]
(2011) Droit, écriture: Construction de la souveraineté: Colloque international sur Philippe de Commynes,
Catherine Emerson (2011) Paris et Petitot, lecteurs de Commynes. [Invited Oral Presentation], Droit, écriture: Construction de la souveraineté: Colloque international sur Philippe de Commynes, Orleans, France , 17-MAR-11 - 18-MAR-11. [Details]
(2010) Le Sens du passé,
Emerson; Catherine (2010) Paper: Les Mémoires du xve siècle dans les collections du xixe siècle. [Conference Paper], Le Sens du passé, Paris, Louvain-la-Neuve , 01-DEC-10 - 04-SEP-10. [Details]
(2010) CUERMA/ CIELAM, Université de Provence, L’Anonymat de l’oeuvre dans la littérature et les arts au Moyen âge,
Catherine Emerson (2010) Quand le texte signé devient anonyme. Le cas des ‘Quinze Joyes de mariage’. [International Refereed Conference], CUERMA/ CIELAM, Université de Provence, L’Anonymat de l’oeuvre dans la littérature et les arts au Moyen âge, Aix en Provence , 27-MAY-10 - 29-MAY-10. [Details]
(2009) University of Oxford, Medieval Research Seminar,
Catherine Emerson (2009) The Lover as Mother in Jean de Saintré. [Invited Lecture], University of Oxford, Medieval Research Seminar, Oxford, , 10-MAR-09 - 10-MAR-09. [Details]
(2009) La Parole dans les Mémoires d'Ancien Régime,
Catherine Emerson (2009) Les différentes paroles rapportées par les historiographes et les témoins de l'assassinat de Jean sans Peur (Montereau, 1419). [Invited Oral Presentation], La Parole dans les Mémoires d'Ancien Régime, Nantes, France , 04-JUN-09 - 05-JUN-09. [Details]
(2009) L'Autoportrait,
Catherine Emerson (2009) Les illustrations du Chevalier délibéré : autoportrait ou création de personnage ?. [Invited Oral Presentation], L'Autoportrait, Nantes, France , 05-FEB-09 - 06-FEB-09. [Details]
(2007) Jean Molinet et son temps,
Catherine Emerson (2007) La (non) reception de l’ouvrage de l’indiciaire. [Invited Oral Presentation], Jean Molinet et son temps, Dunkirk, Lille, Ghent , 08-NOV-07 - 10-NOV-07. [Details]
(2006) Authority in European Book Culture,
Catherine Emerson (2006) On Whose Authority do You Say That? Paradigms of Historical Truth in the Sixteenth Century. [International Refereed Conference], Authority in European Book Culture, Liverpool , 29-JUN-06 - 01-JUL-06. [Details]
(2005) Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting,
Catherine Emerson (2005) ‘Il m’a souuent esté besoing de luy aider à s’expliquer’: The Sixteenth-Century Editor and the Medieval Author. [International Refereed Conference], Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Cambridge, UK , 07-APR-05 - 09-APR-05. [Details]
(2005) Journée de recherches bourguignonnes,
Catherine Emerson (2005) Le Rôle de quelques personnages secondaires dans les ‘Mémoires’ d’Olivier de La Marche. [Invited Oral Presentation], Journée de recherches bourguignonnes, Dunkirk, France , 07-OCT-05 - 07-OCT-05. [Details]
(2004) Fourteenth Biennial New College Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies,
Catherine Emerson (2004) Double Crossing Bastards: The Significance of an Abbreviation in Burgundian Manuscripts. [International Refereed Conference], Fourteenth Biennial New College Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, Florida , 11-MAR-04 - 13-MAR-04. [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2014) Philippe de Commynes: Memory, Betrayal, Text. By Irit Ruth Kleiman. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Emerson, CAtherine (2014) Philippe de Commynes: Memory, Betrayal, Text. By Irit Ruth Kleiman. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Reviews [Details]
(2014) Elizabeth J.Moodey, Illuminated Crusader Histories for Philip the Good of Burgundy, Speculum 81.1.
Emerson, Catherine (2014) Elizabeth J.Moodey, Illuminated Crusader Histories for Philip the Good of Burgundy, Speculum 81.1. Reviews [Details]
(2011) Virginie Minet-Mahy, L’Automne des images: Pragmatique de la langue figurée chez George Chastelain, François Villon et Maurice Scève. Medium Ævum.
Emerson, C. (2011) Virginie Minet-Mahy, L’Automne des images: Pragmatique de la langue figurée chez George Chastelain, François Villon et Maurice Scève. Medium Ævum. Reviews [Details]
(2006) Letters, Orders and Musters of Bertrand du Guesclin, 1357-1380, ed. by Michael Jones . Medium Ævum.
Emerson, C. (2006) Letters, Orders and Musters of Bertrand du Guesclin, 1357-1380, ed. by Michael Jones . Medium Ævum. Reviews [Details]
(2004) Joël Blanchard and Jean-Claude Mühlethaler, Écriture et pouvoir à l’aube des temps modernes . MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW.
EMERSON, C. (2004) Joël Blanchard and Jean-Claude Mühlethaler, Écriture et pouvoir à l’aube des temps modernes . MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW. Reviews [Details]
(2003) Jane H. M. Taylor, The Poetry of François Villon: Text and Context. Forum for Modern Language Studies.
Emerson, C. (2003) Jane H. M. Taylor, The Poetry of François Villon: Text and Context. Forum for Modern Language Studies. Reviews [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Association des Etudes Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande Member /
Society for French Studies Member /
Renaissance Society of America Member /
Irish Federation of University Teachers Council Member, Branch Chair /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Examinations Appeals Committee Chair /

Languages

  Language
English
French
German
Dutch

Consultancy

  Client Description
FWO - Fonds Wetenschaplijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen
Peer reviewer for the Flemmish region research council (Postdoctoral scheme), 2014. Registered on the panel of reviewers.

Teaching Interests

I teach both language and literature in French and particularly enjoy teaching medieval French, which allows me to teach both aspects simultaneously. I teach medieval literature in translation in the second semester of second year, and in the original language to final year and masters students. I also teach literature from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in undergraduate courses, and contemporary literature and music in Masters courses. I am particularly interested in appropriation and reappropriation of literary texts in different historical periods and by different genres and have designed a second-year team-taught course examining the way that canonic texts have been adapted for cinema.

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
1st Semester, 2nd year Introduction to Textual analysis FR269 Building from an analysis of a single sentence, this course concentrates on Voltaire's Candide in weekly assignments
1st Semester, MA Encounters with the Islamic Other in Medieval France Examines a variety of texts in modern French translation that give differing portrayals of Islam
1st semester, Final Year Reading History as Literature Based around Michelet's Jeanne d'Arc, this course interrogates factual as against fictional writing.
2nd Semester, 2nd year La France Mise en Scène FR267 Examines key texts of the middle ages and their adaptation for the screen
2nd Semester, Final Year Language and Identity in Medieval Texts FR380 Teaches students to read and translate medieval French through encounters with a number of extracts that interrogate identity within society
2nd semester, MA Component of a course examining genre. Looking at musical genre and its interaction with text and visual genres. Taught in translation
All year French language FR266