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Professor of French and Francophone Studies Bonnie Krueger, who came to Hamilton in 1980, studies medieval French romance and conduct literature, and medieval and Renaissance women writers. She earned a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. A co-founder of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, her published works include editing and contributing to the Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance (2000) and Women Readers and the Ideology of Gender in Old French Verse Romance (1993). Honored three times with National Endowment for the Humanities awards, she previously held the Burgess Professor of French and the Leonard C. Ferguson Professor of French endowed chairs. Krueger has chaired the Romance Languages and Literature Department and served 10 times as resident director for Hamilton’s Junior Year in France program.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Comic Visions in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • Saints and Sinners in Medieval French Narrative
  • East Meets West: Representations of Islam in Medieval French Literature
  • Arthurian Literature and the Problem of the Other 
  • The Body in Medieval Literature and Society
  • French Women Writers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • French Women Writers (12th to 20th Century)
  • Fictions of Desire in French Literature and Theory from the Middle Ages to the Present
  • The Art of Translation
  • Introduction to French Literature (1100-1800)
  • Introduction to European Literature
  • The Unity of Knowledge
  • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced French Language and Composition
  • Introduction to French Studies
  • Contemporary France


  • Burgess Professor of French, 2006-present
  • Leonard C. Ferguson Professor of French, 1997-2000
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for College Teachers, 1988-89
  • National Endowment for the Humanities team translation grant, 1989-90
  • Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College, Cambridge, Michaelmas term, 1988
  • Margaret Scott Bundy Fellowship, Hamilton College, 1984-85
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Columbia University, 1982
  • University of California research fellowships, 1978-80
  • French Ministry of Education Teaching Exchange, 1978-79
  • Scott Prize in French, Wesleyan University, 1972
  • Center for the Humanities Junior Fellow, Wesleyan University, 1972
  • Mount Holyoke Scholar, 1969
  • Saintonge French Prize, Mount Holyoke College, 1969

Selected Publications

  • Trans. with Jane H. M Taylor, Jean de Saintré: A Late Medieval Education in Love and Chivalry. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.
  • Ed. with Eglal Doss-Quinby and E. Jane Burns, Cultural Performances in Medieval France: Essays in Honor of Nancy Freeman Regalado. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2007.
  • Ed., The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Women Readers and the Ideology of Gender in Old French Verse Romance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
  • Trans., Lancelot, Part IV. Translation of Volume 2 of Alexandre Micha's edition of the thirteenth-century Old French Lancelot en prose.  New York: Garland Press, 1995.
  • “Towards Feminism: Christine de Pizan and Female Advocacy in Late Medieval Literature.” In The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe. Edited by Judith Bennett and Ruth Karras. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. 590-606.
  • “The Wound, the Book, and the Knot: Marie de France and Literary Traditions of Love.” In A Companion to Marie de France. Ed. Logan Whalen. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Pp. 55-87.
  • “Teach Your Children Well: Medieval Conduct Guides for Youths.” Introductory essay for Medieval Conduct Literature: An Anthology of Vernacular Guides to Behaviour for Youths, with English translations. Ed. Mark D. Johnston. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. vii-xxxiii.
  • With Naomi Guttman. “Utica Greens: The History of an Italian-American Vegetable Dish.” Gastronomica (August 2009).
  • “Chrétien de Troyes and the Invention of Arthurian Courtly Fiction.” In A Companion to Arthurian Romance. Ed Helen Fulton. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. Pp.160-74.
  • “The Middle Ages and the Renaissance: from Marie de France to Marie de Romieu.” In French Women Poets of Nine Centuries, trans. Norman Shapiro. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. Pp. 3-24.
  • “Identity Begins at Home: Female Conduct and the Failure of Counsel in Le Ménagier de Paris.” Essays in Medieval Studies 22 (2006), 21-39.
  • “Christine’s Treasure: Household Economies in the Livre des Trois Vertus.” In Christine de Pizan: A Casebook. Ed. Barbara Altman and Deborah McGrady. New York: Routledge, 2003. Pp. 101-14.

College Service

  • Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literature, 1989-94; 1998-2000; 2001-02
  • Resident director, Hamilton College Junior Year in France, 2013-14; 2010-11; 2005-06; 2004-05; 2000-01; 1996-97; 1991-92; 1987-88; 1983-84
  • QUIP Study Abroad Committee, HCJYF representative, 2011-13
  • Subcommittee on Writing-Intensive Courses, 2011-12
  • Humanities Forum Planning Committee, 2009-present
  • Chair, Committee on First-Year Seminars, 2005-06
  • Chair, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2003-11
  • Chair of the Faculty, 2002-03
  • Academic Council, 2002-03
  • Planning Committee, Middle States Evaluation 1999-2000
  • Planning Committee, 1994-95
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Committee, 1989-present
  • Committee on Appointments, 1990-91
  • Linguistics Committee, 1989-94
  • Academic Council, 1985-87
  • Women's Studies Committee, 1985-87
  • Committee on Coeducation, 1981-83
  • Committee on the Language Laboratory, 1980-82
  • Committee on Programs Abroad, 1980-present

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Elections Committee, Modern Languages Association (2007-08); chair 2008
  • Member, Editorial Board, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, 2005-09; and 2010-12
  • Chair, Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee, Modern Language Association, 2004-05
  • Member, Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee, Modern Languages Association, 2002-05
  • New York State delegate, Modern Languages Association, 1999-2001
  • Executive Committee of the Division on French Medieval Language and Literature, MLA. Elected five-year term 1997-2001
  • Northeast Representative: Women in French, 1993-98
  • Member: International Courtly Literature Society; International Arthurian Society; Christine de Pizan Society; Early Book Society; Modern Language Association; Medieval Academy; Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship; Early Modern Women Society, International Alain Chartier Society, Women in French, AAUP

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz
M.A., University of California at Santa Cruz
B.A., Wesleyan University

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