Archives de catégorie : The Van Gogh Grenoble-Utrecht team

Rozanne Versendaal


I have a background in French Language and Culture and in Literary Studies. I completed both my bachelor’s degree (2013) and master’s degree (2015) at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

I recently started my PhD studies at Utrecht University (2016). As part of the NWO funded project ‘Uncovering Joyful Culture: Parodic Literature and Practices in and around the Low Countries (13th-17th centuries)’ of dr. Katell Lavéant, I study the production, circulation and transformations of the multilingual literary genre of the joyful summons.

My research focuses on a manuscript and print corpus from the 15th to the 17th century. The corpus mainly consists of French and Dutch manuscripts and texts in print. An important aspect of the corpus is its parodic and ironic character: it parodies official medieval letters, ordinances and summons. The parodic, joyful texts often address a subversive community, which consists for example of liars, thieves, drunkards and beggars. The community mentioned in the texts is not rarely encouraged to show many kinds of immoral behavior and to reverse the normal order of society. My project studies the genre of the joyful summons, its literary features and its circulation and function in the late medieval and early modern society. This is studied within a context of urban court communities, theatre, festivals and joyful groups.



Katell Lavéant


Nederland, Utrecht, 20150520 Katell Laveant, onderzoekt de vrolijke cultuur in en rond de Lage Landen (13e tot 17e eeuw), haar culturele praktijken en haar materiële en literaire verschijnsels (o.a. spotteksten in het Frans en Nederlands), om te laten zien hoe parodie een essentiële rol voor sociale cohesie had. Foto: Kick Smeets (c) '15

I am Associate Professor of French Literature at Utrecht University. My research focuses on late medieval and early modern drama and theatrical culture from an interdisciplinary perspective, studying both historical and literary sources. My PhD dissertation dealt with theatrical culture in the French-speaking Low Countries in the 15th and 16th century (University of Amsterdam/VIDI-project, 2007), published under the title Un theatre des frontières. La culture dramatique dans les provinces du Nord aux XVe et XVIe siècles (Orléans, 2011). My following postdoctoral research led me to study the links between drama and the law in the Southern Low Countries, with a focus on the Reformation period (NWO project at the University of  Amsterdam, 2008-2013).

In May 2015, I have been awarded a VIDI-grant from the Dutch Research organisation NWO for the project ‘Uncovering Joyful Culture: Parodic Literature and Practices in and around the Low Countries (13th-17th centuries)’. Together with a PhD-student and a post-doc, I am studying the cultural practices and the literary production of joyful culture (among which parodic texts in French and Dutch), in order to demonstrate the essential role of parody in social cohesion in the pre-modern era (project period: end of 2015-end of 2020).

I also work on edition projects of Burgundian topical poetry and of drama (sotties), as well as on popular book culture, via projects with colleagues from the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom.

Alisa van de Haar

A. van de Haar

I am currently a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Department of Historical Dutch Literature at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Romance Cultures and Languages, I obtained Research Master degree in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance studies at the same university. In 2010, I studied at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, France, and in 2015 I had the opportunity to spend a term at King’s College, Cambridge.

            My doctoral research project is titled A Tale of Two Tongues: The Interplay of Dutch and French in the Literary Culture of the Low Countries, 1550-1600. It is supervised by Prof. Bart Ramakers (University of Groningen), Prof. Paul Smith (Leiden University), and Prof. Arjan van Dixhoorn (University College Roosevelt/Utrecht University). In this project, I study the discussions on the form and status of the French and Dutch language that took place in the sixteenth-century Low Countries. I am particularly interested in the connections between the multilingual local situation and the debates and reflections on language.

Roseline Foltz-Amable


I am a PhD student at the University of Grenoble Alpes, France, as well as a High school French Literature teacher. I completed a Master’s degree in French Medieval Literature at Paris-Sorbonne Nouvelle University in 2014. My dissertation, Les Arts de seconde rhétorique au XVe siècle : ‘estoilles de l’umain voyage obscur’. L’esquisse d’une voie pour la voix vernaculaire, was supervised by Pr. Michelle Szkilnik and pictures these treatises as a way to embody the uprising of the french vernacular versification, gaining finally its own dignity by freeing itself from the models of Antiquity.

   My doctoral research extends the scope of the inquiry to the rising of the French-speaking literary heritage which is on the verge of its foundation in the first half of the XVIth century, as books were printed instead of being copied in manuscripts. It is entitled Écrivains des deux France (France-Pays-Bas bourguignons) à l’aube du livre imprimé (XVe-XVIe siècle) : Naissance du patrimoine littéraire français and supervised by Pr. Estelle Doudet. The French-speaking literary heritage actually includes authors from the Burgundian area and more specifically the works of the indicaires who embodied the duke’s power, in open defiance of the French Kingdom. I explore the reasons how and why they have been considered as a part of French Literature. Therefore, I try to unveil the networks that linked Burgundian and French writers, from the Grands Rhétoriqueurs to the Humanists.

Shanshan Lu


I am currently a PhD student and lecturer (my courses including History and Literature of French medieval theatre) at Grenoble Alpes University, France. After completing a bachelor’s degree at Shanghai International Studies University, I entered Ecole Normale Supérieure by International Selection and graduated with the ENS diploma (2014), as well as the master’s degree of Medieval Studies at Paris IV Sorbonne University (2013).

My doctoral thesis, intitled L’édition critique et l’étude historique, linguistique et litéraire de La Vie monseigneur Sainct Loys par personnaiges de Pierre Gringore (1513), is supervised by Pr. Estelle Doudet (University of Grenoble Alpes) and Pr. Gabriella Parussa (Paris III Sorbonne-nouvelle University). This work attempts to provide a critical edition with a multidisciplinary study of this play, which is at the hinge of the Middle Age and the Renaissance (if we accept the conventional definition of these two periods). I am also interested in translating the French medieval studies works into Chinese.

Estelle Doudet


I am Full Professor of Medieval French Language and Literature at the University of Grenoble Alpes. Alumna of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, I graduated as doctor (2002) and habilitée à diriger les recherches (2013) at Paris IV-Sorbonne University. I have been post-doctoral research fellow at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (2003-2004), Assistant then Associate Professor at the University of Lille (2004-2014).

My research explores the ways new forms of communication (drama, the printing press, the ‘orators’ and their practices of public discourse) shaped Late Medieval and Early Modern public sphere in French-speaking areas (15th-16th c.), in connection with other regions, mostly Dutch-speaking.

In Poétique de George Chastelain (Champion, 2005), I analyzed the status of official writers in Burgundy. Then I widened my survey to written and spectacular representations of present time during the 15th and the first decades of the 16th century. I developed a special interest towards Pre- and Early Modern performing arts, studying their poetics, their social impact and their uses as media. My most recent works are a monograph on French Morality plays and the on-going critical edition of 120 allegorical plays from the 14th to the 17th century.

National and international awards (including British Academy award 2006) ; junior member of the Institut universitaire de France (2015-2020).