Judy Kem received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches courses in French language, literature, culture, and film. She is editor of a critical edition of Symphorien Champier’s Nef des dames vertueuses (Paris: Champion, 2007) and a Festschrift entitled Plaire et instruire (New York: Lang, 1993), and author of a monograph on Jean Lemaire de Belges’s Illustrations de Gaule et singularitez de Troye (New York: Lang, 1993). Her articles on French literature and French cinema have appeared in such journals as Fifteenth Century Studies, Sixteenth Century Journal, and French Review. Her current research includes articles on Alain Resnais’s films and a pedagogical approach to Pontecorvo’s Bataille d’Alger as well as a book-length study on received medical ideas in French literature of the Early Modern period.
Senator, Wake Forest Faculty Senate, 2009-2012. Elected Representative at Large, Executive Committee, 2011-2012. Faculty Liaison, Staff Advisory Council (2010-2011); Member, Senior University Appointments Committee (2009-2012).
Member, MIFLC Steering Committee.
Director, Teaching and Learning Center, Wake Forest University, July 2005 – June 2007 (The Director is also member of the ACE Fellowship and Pro Humanitate Committees and the American Disabilities Task Force.)
Director, WFU Study Program in Dijon, France, Fall 2006.
Member, Academic Affairs Committee, Wake Forest University, elected to three-year term starting in July 2005.
Co-organizer, Romance Languages Film Symposiums, Wake Forest University, Fall 2004 and Fall 2006.
Chair, French Section, Dept. of Romance Languages, Wake Forest University, 2003-2004 and 2005-2006.
Chair, Search Committee for French Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, 2005-2006 (See ** below).
Member, Search Committee for Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, 2003-2004.
Member, Library Planning Committee, 2003-2006.
Director, Dijon Study Program, Dijon, France, Fall 2000.
Member, University Senate, Wake Forest University, 2001-2004.
Vice President (1999-2000) and Secretary-Treasurer (1998-1999), American Association of University Professors (Wake Forest Chapter).
Faculty Member and Representative, Group Advisory Panel, Wake Forest University, 1999 to present.
Academic Advisor, Minor Advisor, and Major Advisor, Wake Forest University, 1988 to present.**
Coordinator of Beginning and Intermediate French language courses, 1988-1991, 1992-1997, 1998-1999 (I was on leave in 1991-1992 and the fall of 1997).
Member, Search Committees, Department of Romance Languages, Wake Forest University, 1987 to present.**
Co-director, Association of Women Faculty and Administrators (AWFA), Wake Forest University, 1996-1998.
Member, Organizing Committee, Across Time and Space: Medieval and Early Modern Studies in a Global Context” Conference, November 1998.
Member, Organizing Committee, International Renaissance Colloquium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, Fall 1995.
Institutional Planning Committee (1994-1997), Chair (1994-1995), Vice-Chair (1995-1996), and Member (1997-1998), Wake Forest University.
Member, Capital Planning Committee, Wake Forest University, 1994-1995.
Member, Research Advisory Council (Responsible for university research policies and RECREAC Grant proposal selection), Wake Forest University, 1993-1996.
Member, Carswell Scholarship Committee, Wake Forest University, 1993-1995.
Chair (1990-1991) and Secretary (1989-90), French I (Medieval and Renaissance) Session, South Atlantic Modern Language Association.
Renaissance Society of America
Sixteenth-Century Studies Society
Société Internationale d’Etudes des Femmes de l’Ancien Régime (SIEFAR)
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND SEMINARS
Graylyn Teaching Renewal Seminar/Retreat, Teaching and Learning Center, Graylyn Conference Center, June 6-9, 2011.
Course Development Grant to develop a special topics course “French songs and Musicals,” Teaching and Learning Center, 2009.
R. J. Reynolds Leave, Wake Forest University, 2007-2008.
William C. Archie Grant for Faculty Excellence (for research at the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris), May-June 2005.
Mellon Faculty Seminar (“Multicultural Harmony, Symbiosis, and Hostility: Learning from the Example of Medieval Spain”) participant (stipend to travel in Spain with the aim of preparing a new course of instruction), Spring and Summer 2005.
CELI (Computer-Enhanced Learning Initiative) Grant to create internal website for French 213 multi-section course on “Language Resource Center” server, Spring 1999.
R. J. Reynolds Leave, Wake Forest University, Fall 1998.
Research and Creative Activities Grant (for research in Paris and London on “Champier’s Nef des dames vertueuses and Nef des princes“), Wake Forest University, Summer 1995.
Spires Grant for course development of “Legends of Troy” course (Humanities 385) and travel to Troy archaeological site, Turkey, Summer 1994.
NEH Summer Seminar on “Epic Romance: Virgil, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser,” Princeton University, Summer 1993.
Z. Smith Reynolds Leave, Wake Forest University, 1991-1992.
Research and Publication Fund Grants, Graduate School, Wake Forest University; Summer 1989 – 1993.
William C. Archie Grant for Faculty Excellence (for research at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and the Bibliothèque Royale in Brussels on the Medieval Trojan Legend), Summer 1988.
Mellon Seminar participant on “Contemporary Critical Theory: Semiotics and Goethe’s Werther,” Vanderbilt University, Summer 1986.
Mellon Seminar participant on “Derrida and Deconstruction,” Vanderbilt University, Summer 1985.
Fellow, Belgian American Educational Foundation, Brussels, 1982-1983.
Symphorien Champier. La Nef des dames vertueuses. Crit. ed. Judy Kem. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2007.
Jean Lemaire de Belges’ Les Illustrations de Gaule et singularitez de Troye: The Trojan Legend in the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance. New York: Peter Lang, 1994.
Plaire et instruire: Essays in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century French Literature in Honor of George B. Daniel, Jr. Ed. Judy Kem. New York: Peter Lang, 1993.
“Teaching French and Francophone Cultural Identities in a Course on Chanson.” French Review, forthcoming in issue 89.4 (2016).
Adaptation in Alain Resnais’s Coeurs (2006): Remaking L’Amour a mort (1984) through Ayckbourn’s Private Fears in Public Places.”Literature/Film Quarterly 42.4 (October 2014): 622-72.
Marguerite d’Autriche, Duchesse de Savoie, Gouvernante des Pays-Bas” Dictionnaire des Femmes de l’Ancienne France, SIEFAR (Société Internationale pour l’Etude des Femmes de l’Ancien Régime), March 2011.
“Fatal Lovesickness in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron,” Sixteenth-Century Journal XLI:2 (Summer 2010): 355-70.
Est-ce qu’On connaît la chanson? Teaching the Langage commun of a French Musical.” French Review 81.3 (February 2008): 4-16.
“Symphorien Champier” in Sixteenth-Century French Writers. Ed. Megan Conway,Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 327. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2006. 98-104.
“Malebouche, Metaphors of Misreadings, and the Querelle des femmes in Jean Molinet’s Le roman de la rose moralisé (1500),” Fifteenth-Century Studies 31 (April 2006): 123-43.
“Symphorien Champier and Christine de Pizan’s Livre de la cité des dames,” Romance Notes 45.2 (Winter 2005): 225-34.
“Franςois Villon,” Dictionary of Literary Biography. Volume 208: Literature of the French and Occitan Middle Ages: Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries, ed. Deborah Sinnreich-Levi. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1999. 272-79.
“Sins of the Mother: Adultery, Lineage, and the Law in the Heptaméron,” Heroic Virtue, Comic Infidelity: Reassessing Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron. Ed. Dora Polachek. Amherst, MA: Hestia, 1993. 51-59.
“Moral Lessons for Women Readers of Les Illustration de Gaule et singularitez de Troye.” Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Society 13 (1992): 67-83.
“Jean Lemaire de Belges’ Illustrations: Revising Medieval Versions of the Trojan Legend,” Proceedings of the Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Conference, Volume 14 (1989): 173-81.
“Allegorical Images of Prudence in the Works of the Rhétoriqueurs,” Romance Notes, XXVIII, no. 3 (Spring 1988), 177-85.
McClive, Cathy, and Nicole Pellegrin. Femmes en fleurs, femmes en corps: Sang, Santé, Sexualités, du Moyen âge aux Lumières. Etienne: l’Université de Saint-Etienne, 2010. 364 pp. The Sixteenth Century Journal (forthcoming).
L’Eloquence des Pierres précieuses: De Marbode de Rennes à Alard d’Amsterdam et Remy Belleau: Sur quelques lapidaires du XVIe siècle. Chayes, Evelien. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2010. 426 pp. The Sixteenth Century Journal XLII, 2 (Summer 2011): 524-25.
Vésale, André. Résumé de ses Livres sur la Fabrique du corps Humain. Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2008. 296 pp. The Sixteenth Century Journal XLI, 4 (Winter 2010): 1221-22.
Littérature et Médecine: Approches et perspectives (XVIe-XIXe siecles). Carlino, Andrea and Alexandre Wenger, editors. Geneva: Droz, 2007. 288 pp. The Sixteenth Century Journal XL, 4 (Winter 2009): 1249-51.
Le Palais des nobles Dames (Lyon, 1534). Jehan Du Pré. Brenda Dunn-Lardeau, editor. Paris: Honoré Champion, 2007. Renaissance Quarterly LXI, 1 (Spring 2008):193-94.
De la manière de nourrir et gouverner les enfans dès leur naissance. Simon de Vallambert. Colette H. Winn, editor. Paris: Librairie Droz, 2005. The Sixteenth Century Journal XXXVIII, 3 (Fall 2007): 817-18.
Strong Voices, Weak History: Early Women Writers and Canons in England, France, and Italy. Pamela Joseph Benson and Victoria Kirkham, editors. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005. The Sixteenth Century Journal XXXVIII, 1 (Spring 2007): 285-86.
Jean Gerson and the Last Medieval Reformation. Brian Patrick McGuire. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005. The Sixteenth Century Journal XXXVII, 4 (Winter 2006): 1181-82.
Work in Progress
Medicine and the Querelle des Femmes in Early Modern France (book-length study on body metaphors, medical discourse, and the querelle des femmes in selected works by Jean Molinet, Jean Lemaire de Belges, Symphorien Champier, and Marguerite de Navarre).
“Masking or Mixing Genres in Contemporary Algerian War Films.” Under consideration at Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Love, Medicine, and the Debate on Women in Early Modern France from Christine de Pizan to Marguerite de Navarre.Book-length manuscript under consideration at Ashgate.
“Women (Mis)Readers and the Rhétoriqueurs: Linking the Querelle de la Rose and the Querelle des femmes,” accepted for Renaissance Society of America Conference, Washington, DC, March 2012.
“Imperfect Bodies in the Querelle des femmes: Christine de Pizan and the Rhétoriqueurs.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Fort Worth, Texas. October 2011.
“Teaching Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers: The Algerian War in a French Film Context,” Symposium on Contemporary Italian Cinema at Indiana University, April 2010.
Misogyny, Medicine, and Authority in Champier’s Two Nefs, Sixteeth-Century Studies Conference, October 2008.
Self-Parody and Auteurism in Alain Resnais’s Cœurs (2006),” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, University of Wilmington, October 2008.
“Lemaire’s Venus: Mythography, Medicine, and Sexual Rhetoric,” Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2007.
“Fatal Lovesickness and Early Modern Medicine in Marguerite de Navarre’s Novella 26,” Renaissance Society of America, March 22-24, 2007.
“Rhetoric and Discorde in Lemaire’s Trois Contes de Cupido et d’Atropos,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 2006.
“Infertility in Champier’s Nef des dames vertueuses,” Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 2005.
“Teaching French Music Through Film: On connaît la chanson,” Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Wake Forest University, October 2005.
“Women’s Wiles and Misogyny in Symphorien Champier’s Nef des princes (1502) andNef des dames vertueuses (1503),” New College Conference, Sarasota, Florida, March 2004
“Malebouche and Metaphors of Misreading in Molinet’s Roman de la Rose moralisé,” International Congress of the Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2003.
“Multi-Media Approaches to Teaching Intermediate Literature” (50-minute workshop with Jane Albrecht), Foreign Language Association of North Carolina, Winston-Salem, October 2002.
“The Ship Metaphor in Champier’s Nef des dames vertueuses,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Ky., April 2002.
“Medical Humanism and Misogyny in Symphorien Champier’s Nef des dames vertueuses,” The Thirteenth Biennial New College Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies, March 14-16, 2002.
“Les Contes de Cupido et d’Atropos: Lemaire’s Dual Venus and Syphilis in the Early Renaissance,” Medieval – Renaissance Conference, University of Virginia at Wise, September 1999.
“The Rhétoriqueurs and “la gaillardise,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Ky., April 1999.
“Marriage and Gynecological Medicine in Symphorien Champier’s Nef des dames vertueuses,” Renaissance Society of America, Vancouver, April 1997.
“Marot’s Enfer and Its Medieval and Early Renaissance Antecedents,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Savannah, GA, November 1996.
“Parodies of Hell: Marot’s Enfer and Lemaire’s Seconde Epistre de l’Amant vert,”Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Saint Louis, MO, October 1996.
“Forensic Rhetorique in Jacques Milet’s Istoire de la destruction de Troye la grant,” International Congress of the Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo, MI, May 1995.
“Sins of the Mother: Adultery, Lineage, and the Law in the Heptaméron,” Five College Renaissance Colloquium on Marguerite de Navarre and Michel de Montaigne, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, October 1992.
“Neoplatonic Structure and Imagery in the Judgment of Paris in Jean Lemaire de Belges’ Les Illustrations de Gaule et singularitez de Troye,” International Conference on the Patristic, Mediaevel, and Renaissance Studies, The Augustinian Historical Institute, Villanova University, September 1992.
“Women Readers and the Medieval Trojan Legend,” Southeastern Medieval Association Sixteenth Annual Conference, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, September 1990.
“Jean de Meun, Jean Molinet, and Jean Lemaire de Belges: The Debate over theRomance of the Rose and the Querelle des femmes,” Seventh Bienneial New College Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, FL, March 1990.
“Jean Lemaire de Belges’ Illustrations: Revising Medieval Versions of the Trojan Legend,” International Conference on Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies, The Augustinian Historical Institute, Villanova University, September 1989.
“From Margaret of Austria to Eleanor of Aquitaine: Women Patrons and the Trojan Legend,” International Congress of the Medieval Institute, Kalamazoo, MI, May 1989.
“The Adulterer and the Patient Spouse in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron,” Wichita State University Conference on Foreign Literature: Women Writers, March 1988.
“Allegorical Images of the Cardinal Virtue Prudence in the Works of the Rhétoriqueurs,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA, November 1987.
“Fruit or Flowers: Moral Lessons or Sensual Entertainment for Female Readers of Les Illustrations de Gaule et singularitez de Troye,” Cincinnati Conference on the Romance Languages and Literatures, Cincinnati, OH, May 1987.
“Prudence, Puissance, Plaisance: The Judgment of Paris from Guido delle Colonne to Jean Lemaire de Belges,” Fifteenth Century Symposium, Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY, April 1987
French 212: Exploring the French and Francophone World.
-Explores significant cultural expressions, especially film, from the French and francophone worlds.
French 213/214: Encounters: French and Francophone Literature and Culture.
French 216: Studies in French and Francophone Literature and Culture. “Camus and Algeria” (Spring 2016)
French 315: Introduction to French and Francophone Studies.
French 360: Cinema and Society.
French 370: Seminar in French and Francophone Studies. “French and Francophone Singer-Songwriters: A Study in Cultural Identities”
Summer Study Program in Tours (Summer 2016)