Professor of French and Department Head
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Office: Griffin 455
Teaching and Research Areas
Medieval Studies; Clothing, Textiles, and Material Culture; Arthurian Literature and Film; Carnivalesque Traditions; Women in Medieval France; French and Francophone Civilization
Monica L. Wright is the Granger and Debaillon Professor of French and Medieval Studies. She is an expert on the representation of clothing and textiles in the French courtly literature of the twelfth century, and is interested in the relationship between sartorial signifiers and narrative structure as well as what literature can tell us about medieval material culture. She served as editor of the international, interdisciplinary journal Medieval Clothing and Textiles. Her publications include her book Weaving Narrative: Clothing in Twelfth-Century French Romance, available in multiple formats, including open access, and the chapter on Literary Representations in A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion in the Medieval Age.