Therese Banks

Therese Banks

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Research Interests: Therese Banks is a Ph.D. candidate in the French section of the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, and she is pursuing a secondary field in Medieval Studies. Her research explores the intersections and interstices between representations of violence, textual authority, and theological authority in early modern and medieval French literature. More specifically, her work focuses on narrations of “holy war” and the poetics of crusade, questioning how the telling and retelling of violence and violent rhetoric participate in the formation of a French body politic--an imagined vision of society that both builds, and is built by, a worldview dictating what does and does not belong. Her dissertation touches on the Chanson de la Croisade albigeoise, Jean de Joinville's Vie de Saint Louis, Agrippa d'Aubigné's Les Tragiques, and Pierre Le Moyne's Saint Louis.

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