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Francesca Canadé Sautman
Phone: (212) 817-8365
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Medieval and 16th Century Literature and Folklore, Queer Theory, French and Francophone Cultural Studies, Historical Anthropology, Folklore

Professor of French


Hunter College, and the Graduate School and University Center, CUNY

PhD Program in French 
City University Graduate Center 
365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016-4309
Telephone: (212) 817-8365
Fax: (212) 817-1602

Hunter College
Department of Romance Languages
695 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065

Primary concentrations:

Medieval and 16th Century Literature and Folklore, Gender and Queer Theory, French and Francophone Cultural Studies, Historical Anthropology, Folklore


  • Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender . General Editor, Fedwa Malti-Douglas. Assoc. eds: Francesca Canadé Sautman, Jamsheed Choksy and Judith Roof. 4 vols. NY: Scribner/Gale/Macmillan, 2007.

  • Same-Sex Love and Desire Among Medieval Women, ed., with Pamela Sheingorn. New York: St. Martins' Press/Palgrave, 2001.
  • Telling Tales: Medieval Narratives and the Folk Tradition (with Diana Conchado and Giuseppe di Scipio). New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.
  • La Religion du Quotidien: Rites et croyances populaires de la fin du Moyen Age, Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, Biblioteca di Lares, 1995.

Journal Editor:

  • Medieval Folklore, (the Edwin Mellen Press). Francesca Canadé Sautman and Madeleine Jeay, editors. An international, interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of folklore in the Middle Ages and the XVIth century, published yearly, indexed. Vol.1, no.1, Spring 1991; Vol.2, Fall 1992; Vol. 3, Fall 1994.
  • Merveilles et Contes-Marvels and Tales (University of Colorado at Boulder), Jacques Barchilon and Francesca Canadé Sautman, co-editors, May 1987-May 1994.
  • Editor, special issue (with guest editor Veronika Görög-Karady), Approaches to the African Folk Tale: Marriage Tests and Marriage Quest in African Oral Tradition, 6, 2 (December 1992).

Selected articles and chapters

  • “On the High Seas, the Lighthouse, Always: Thinking of Edouard Glissant.” Glissant-Monde. Ed. Boniface Mongo-Mboussa. Africultures no, 87, 2011. 62-64.
  • “Constructing Political Rule, Transforming Gender Scripts: Revisiting the 13th-Century Rule of Joan and Margaret of Constantinople, Countesses of Flanders.” Eds. Alison More and Elizabeth L’Estrange. Construction, Transformation, and Subversion: Re/Presenting Medieval Gender. Farnharm, England; Burlington, Vt: Ashgate Press, 2011. 49-65.
  • “Creolizing the Lack: Interpreting Race and Racism in Italian America.” The Status of Interpretation in Italian American Studies. Ed. Jerome Krase. Proceedings of the First Forum in Italian American Criticism. SUNY Stony Brook, October 3-4, 2008. Stony Brook, NY: Forum Italicum no 30, 2011. 122-45.
  • “Sacred Commodity, Commodifying the Sacred: Reckoning with Wine in Late Medieval French Culture.” Mediaevalia Special Issue, In Vino Veritas, vol. 30.0 (Spring 2010): 43-75.
  • “Fair is not Fair: Queer Possibility and Fairground Performers in Western Europe and the United States, 1870-1935.” Eds. Margaret Higonnet, Jarrod Hayes and William Spurlin. Comparatively Queer: Crossing Time, Crossing Cultures. NY: Palgrave, 2010, 123-53.
  • With Hamid Bahri, “Crossing History, Dis-Orienting the Orient; Amin Maalouf’s Uses of the ‘Medieval’”. Eds. Nadia Altschul and Kathleen Davis. Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of the “Middle Ages” Outside Europe. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009, 174-205.
  • “Reclaiming the Human against Pure Evil: Walter Mosley’s The Man in my Basement and Human Rights Doctrine.” Eds. Derek Maus and Owen Brady. Finding a Way Home: Critical Essays on Walter Mosley. University of Mississipi Press. 2008. 44-57.
  • “Queer Medieval Studies and the Disciplines,”(contribution), Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Homosexuality in the Middle Ages, New Series Volume 4, April 2005.
  • “The Race for Globalization: Modernity, Resistance and the Unspeakable in Three African Francophone Texts.” French and Francophone/Yale French Studies 103 (May 2003): 106-22.
  • “Ombre grige, toni neri: Gli italo-americani, razza e razzismo nel cinema americano.” Scene italoamericane. Ed. Anna Camaiti Hostert and Anthony Julian Tamburri. Roma: Luca Sossella Editore, 2002. 13-40. [translation of "Grey Shades and Black Tones: Italian Americans, Race, and Racism in American Film." Screening Ethnicity: Cinematographic Representations of Italian Americans in the United States. Ed. Camaiti and Tamburri. Bordighera, 2001.
  • “Les Cultural Studies: Genèse et évolution.” Le Français à l’ Université (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie). Nvelle série (4e trim. 2002): 2-4.
  • With Pamela Sheingorn, "Introduction: Charting the Field." Same-Sex Love and Desire Among Medieval Women, 2001, 1-47.
  • "Response: 'Just Like a Woman': Queer History, Womanizing the Body, and the Boys in Arnaud's Band." Queering the Middle Ages. Ed. Glenn Burger and Steven Kruger. Minneapolis, London: U. of Minnesota Press, 2001. 168-189.
  • "Hip-Hop/Scotch: Postcolonial Theory and the Ambiguities of Francophonie.” France/USA: The Cultural Wars, ed. Ralph Sarkonak. Special issue of Yale French Studies, 100 (Fall 2001): 119-44.
  • "A Troubled History: Folklore and Competing Texts in Baudouin de Sebourc, a Fourteenth-Century Chanson de Geste," Telling Tales: 231-248.
  • "Eustache Deschamps in the Forest of Folklore." Eustache Deschamps, French Courtier-Poet: His Work and his World. Ed. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi. NY: AMS Studies in the Middle Ages, 1998. 195-207.
  • "Hassiba Boulmerka's Raised Fist: The Body of Evidence and Muslim Herstory", Found Object, 7 (Fall 1997).
  • "Invisible Women: Lesbian Working Class Culture in France, 1880-1930," in Jeffrey Merrick and Bryan T. Ragan, Jr., eds., Homosexuality in Modern France, New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996: 177-201.
  • "Women of the Shadows: Italian American Women, Ethnicity and Racism in American Cinema", Differentia: Review of Italian Thought, Special Issue on Italian American Culture, 6-7 (Spring-Autumn 1994): 219-246.
  • "Women's Headdresses in Italy: Some Ritual Functions of Regional Costume." Canadian Journal of Italian Studies, 15:45 (1992): 166-177.
  • "Veiled Women: Images of Traditional Female Headdresses." Italian Journal, 1, 5 (1991): 31-35.
  • "Saint Anne in Folk Culture: Late Medieval France." Interpreting Cultural Symbols: Saint Anne in Late Medieval Culture. Ed. K. Ashley and P. Sheingorn. Athens, GA.: University of Georgia Press, 1990. 69-94.
  • "Rituels de dérision et langage symbolique dans les dayemans lorrains", Cahiers de littérature orale (Institut national des langues orientales-CNRS), 28 (1990): 97-126.
  • "Les Métamorphoses du fou à la fin du Moyen Age." Pour une Mythologie du Moyen Age. Ed.Laurence Harf-Lancner. Paris: Ecole Normale Supérieure, 1988. 197-216.
  • "Au Temps où les bêtes parlaient: fonction de quelques formules dans le conte populaire français." Proceedings, International and Interdisciplinary Congress, Dimensions of the Marvellous. University of Oslo, June 1986. I: 230-239.
  • "Woman as Birth-and-Death-Giver in Folk Tradition: a Cross-cultural Perspective," Women's Studies, 12 (1986): 213-239.
  • "Des Vessies pour des lanternes: Villon, Molinet and the Riddles of Folklore." Neophilologus, 69 (1985): 161-184.
  • "The Quick and the Dead in the Communal Feasts of Carnival and Ashura," Comparative Civilizations Review (Fall 1983): 45-85.
  • "L'Homme du ressentiment: conscience déchirée et valeurs populaires dans le Neveu de Rameau et les Testaments de Villon." Neophilologus, 64:4 (October 1980): 514-533.

Selected Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

  • Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Ed. Fedwa Malti-Douglas. Associate editors, Jamsheed Choksy, Judith Roof and Francesca Canadé Sautman. New York: Thompson-Gale/Macmillan, 2007.
    • Vol. 1. Androgyny, 64-68. Beard, 121-23. Les Bijoux Indiscrets, 140-142 Hieronymus Bosch, 180-182. Canon, Revising the (co-authored with Diana Conchado), 228-32. Circus and Fair, 296-99.
    • Vol. 2. Fairy Tales, 495-499. Film, Cult and Marginal, 551-53. Herrenfrage, 686-687.
    • Vol. 3. “Lesbian-Like”, 883. Marginalia in Medieval Manuscripts, 944-45. Mermaid, 1003-1006. Plants and Sexual Symbolism, 1154-1158.
    • Vol. 4. Queen of Sheba, 1222-24. Queens, Power, and Sexuality, 1231-1235. Rough Music, 1274-75. Same-Sex, and Terminology, 1296-97. Sports, 1417-1424. Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1458-1460. Verniohle, Arnaud, 1504-1505.
  • “Sexuality. Female Same-Sex Relations.” Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Margaret C. Schaus. New York: Routledge, 2006. Volume 12 in Routledge’s series of Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages.
  • “Arab Literature," and "Myth of Lesbian Impunity." Encyclopedia of Homosexualities, Volume I, Lesbian Histories and Cultures. Ed. Bonnie Zimmerman. NY: Garland, 1999. 51-53 and 460-61.
  • "Folklore." Medieval France: An Encyclopedia. Ed. William Kibler et al. N.Y.: Garland Press, 1995. 355-357.

Works in progress

  • Striking Out on their Own: Women, Same-Sex Affective Networks and Working Class Culture in France, 1880-1930.
  • Violence and Gender in Flanders and in the French North, XIIIth-XIVth Centuries.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Women and Veiling in Late Medieval France.
  • Melancholy Time: Mapping the Late Medieval Fall Calendar.
  • Dark Passages: Italian American Artists of the Interwar Period and the Search for Community.