Joan Tasker GRIMBERT

The Catholic University of America (CUA)
Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures
Washington, DC 20064



[1981] Ph.D. (Romance Philology), University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
[1968] B.A. (French), Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont


[1981] «La Poétique de l’ambiguïté : Étude sur le Chevalier au lion de Chrétien de Troyes». Director: Peter F. Dembowski
Stylistic analysis showing how Chrétien, by using an adversative structure, induces his readers to reflect on the actions of the characters in the romance. Published in 1988 (see below).


[2013-present] Professor Emerita of Modern Langs. & Lits. (French), CUA
[2000-2013] Ordinary Professor, Dept. of Modern Langs. & Lits. (French), CUA
[1990-2000] Associate Professor, Dept. of Modern Langs. & Lits. (French): CUA
[1987-1990] Assistant Professor, Dept. of Modern Langs. & Lits. (French): CUA
[1982-1998] Assistant Professor, Dept. of Modern Langs., Lits., & Lings.: Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
[1981-1982] Assistant Professor, French: Hollins College, Hollins, Virginia
[1979-1981] Lecturer, Dept. of Romance Languages (French): Univ. of Chicago


PUBLICACIONES (de interés artúrico)
[2011] Chrétien in Prose: the Burgundian Erec and Cligés. Trans. and co-edited with Carol J. Chase. Arthurian Studies LXXVIII. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. ISBN: 9781843842699.
[2005] A Companion to Chrétien de Troyes. Co-edited with Norris J. Lacy. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. ISBN: 978-1-84384-4050-3. Paperback published in 2008. ISBN: 978-1-84384-161-6.
[2001] Philologies Old and New: Essays in Honor of Peter Florian Dembowski. Co-edited with Carol J. Chase. E.C.A.M.M.L. 12. Princeton: The Edward C. Armstrong Monographs. ISBN: 0-97079-910-1. [Includes several essays on Arthurian literature].
[1995] Tristan and Isolde: A Casebook, edited with an introduction by Joan Tasker Grimbert. Arthurian Themes and Characters, 2. New York: Garland Publishing.ISBN: 0-8153-0654-7. Paperback edition, New York: Routledge, 2002. ISBN: 0-415-93910-0.
[1988] «Yvain» dans le miroir: Une Poétique de la Réflexion dans le «Chevalier au lion» de Chrétien de Troyes. Purdue Univ. Monographs in Romance Languages, 25. Philadelphia and Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1988. ISBN: 90 272 1735.


Edición de un número especial de revista:
[2009] «Vendanges tardives»: Late Medieval French Romance (special issue). Co-edited with Carol J. Chase. Arthuriana 19.1 (2009). ISSN: 1078-6279.


Capítulos de libro:
[2021] “Passionate Friendship in Pierre Sala’s Chevalier au lion (Yvain, Lunete, and the Lion). In Rewriting Medieval French Literature: Studies in Honour of Jane H. M. Taylor, ed. Leah Tether and Keith Busby. 261-80. Berlin/Boston, De Gruyter, 2021.
[2020] “Isolde on the Silver Screen: Enraptured, Resolute, and Shrewd.” In Medieval Woman in Film: Essays on Gender, Cinema and History, ed. Kevin J. Harty. 50-67. Jefferson City, NC: McFarland, 2020.
[2017] «Variations on a Transcultural Phenomenon: The Potion Scene in Four Film Versions of the Legend of Tristan and Iseult,”. In The Legacy of Courtly Literature, ed. Deborah Nelson-Campbell and Rouben Choulakian. 133-49. Palgrave-McMillan, 2017.
[2015] «Lancelot du lac: Robert Bresson’s Arthurian Realism.» In The Holy Grail on Film – Essays on the Cinematic Quest, ed. Kevin J. Harty. 37-49. Jefferson City, NC: McFarland, 2015.
[2014] «La Tristana de Galdós como subversión de la leyenda de Tristán.» In De Britania a Britonia – La leyenda arturica en tierras de Iberia: cultura, literatura y traducción. 261-82. Ed. Juan Miguel Zarandona. Bern: Peter Lang, 2014.
[2013] «Thomas of Britain: Tristran («The Death Scene»), in The Romance of Arthur: An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation (Third Edition), ed. James J. Wilhelm and Norris J. Lacy. 282-94. Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2013.
[2013] «The Art of ‘Transmutation’ in the Burgundian Prose Cligés (1454): Bringing the Siege of Windsor Castle to Life for the Court of Philip the Good.» In Shaping Courtliness in Medieval France: Essays in Honor of Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner. Ed. Daniel E. O’Sullivan and Laurie Shepard. 95-106. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013.
[2012] «Audience Expectations and Unexpected Developments in Marie de France’s Le Laüstic.» In «Moult a sans et vallour»: Studies in Medieval French Literature in Honor of William W. Kibler, ed. Monica L. Wright, Norris J. Lacy, and Rupert T. Pickens. 177-87. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
[2011] «Love and War in the 15th-Century Burgundian Prose Cligés: The Duke of Saxony’s Passion for Fenice.» In War and Peace: Critical Issues in European Societies and Literature,700-1800, ed. Albrecht Classen and Nadia Margolis. 443-61. Berlin: de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-026807-2.
[2011] «Chrétien the Trouvère: Elements of Jeux-partis in Cligés.» In Li Premerains vers: Essays in Honor of Keith Busby, ed. Catherine M. Jones and Logan E. Whalen. 109-23. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.
[2011] «The Love of All Mankind but Also the Love of One Woman Alone: Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s Shadow of the Raven (1988).» With Claudia Bornholdt. In Kevin J. Harty, ed. The Vikings on Film. Essays on the Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages. 83-95. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. ISBN: 978-0-7864-6044-1.
[2009] “The Matter of Britain on the Continent and the Legend of Tristan and Iseult in France, Italy, and Spain.” In A Companion to Arthurian Literature, ed. Helen Fulton. 145-59. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-4051-5789-6.
[2007] «The Story in the Song: Tristan and Iseut Embedded in Twelfth-Century Lyric.» In ‘Chançon Legiere a Chanter’: Essays on Old French Literature in Honor of Samuel N. Rosenberg, eds. Karen Fresco and Wendy Pfeffer. 197-208. Birmingham, AL: Summa. ISBN: 978-1-883479-54-1.
[2006] (Co-authored with Norris J. Lacy) «Arthur in Modern French Fiction and Film.» In Arthurian Literature of the Middle Ages. Vol. IV. The Arthur of the French, ed. Karen Pratt and Glyn Burgess. 546-70. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN: 0-7083-1964-5.
[2005] «Changing the Equation: The Impact of Tristan-Love on Arthur’s Court in the Prose Tristan and La Tavola Ritonda.» In The Fortunes of Arthur, ed. Norris J. Lacy. 104-15. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. ISBN: 1-84384-061-8.
[2005] «Cligés and the Chansons: a Slave to Love.» In A Companion to Chrétien de Troyes, ed. Norris J. Lacy and Joan Tasker Grimbert. 120-36. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. ISBN: 978-1-84384-161-6.
[2004] «The Reception of the Tristan Legend in Galeran de Bretagne.» In «De sens rassis»: Essays in Honor of Rupert T. Pickins, ed. Keith Busby, Bernard Guidot, and Logan E. Whalen. 205-17. Amsterdam: Rodopi. ISBN: 90-420-1755-4.
[2002] (Co-authored with Robert J. Smarz) «Fable and Poésie in Cocteau’s L’Éternel Retour.» In Cinema Arthuriana (rev. ed.), ed. Kevin J. Harty, 220-34. Jefferson City, NC: McFarland Publishers. ISBN: 0-7864-1344-1. [Anaylsis of a French film version of the legend of Tristan and Iseult.]
[2001] «Chrétien, the Troubadours, and the Tristan Legend: The Rhetoric of Passionate Love in D’amors qui m’a tolu a moi.» In Philologies Old and New: Essays in Honor of Peter Florian Dembowski, ed. Joan Tasker Grimbert and Carol J. Chase, 237-50. E.C.A.M.M.L. 12. Princeton: The Edward C. Armstrong Monographs. ISBN: 0-97079-910-1.
[2001] «On Fenice’s Vain Attempts to Revise a Romantic Archetype and Chrétien de Troyes’s Fabled Hostility to the Tristan Legend.» In Reassessing the Heroine in Medieval French Literature, ed. Kathy M. Krause, 87-106. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN: 978-0813018812.
[2000] «Paul Griffiths’Lay of Sir Tristram (1991): a Postmodern Palimpsest.» In «Por le soie amisté»: Essays in Honor of Norris J. Lacy, ed. Keith Busby and Catherine M. Jones, 179-97. Amsterdam: Rodopi. ISBN: 904200620X.
[1999] «Truffaut’s La Femme d’à côté (1981): Attenuating a Romantic Archetype—Tristan and Iseult?» In King Arthur on Film: New Essays on Arthurian Cinema, ed. Kevin J. Harty, 183-201. Jefferson City, NC: McFarland Publishers. ISBN: 0-7864-0152-4.
[1992] «Love, Honor, and Alienation in Thomas’s Roman de Tristan.» In The Arthurian Yearbook 4, ed. Keith Busby, 77-98. New York and London: Garland Publishing.
[1989] «Misrepresentation and Misconception in Chrétien de Troyes: Non verbal and Verbal Semiotics in Erec et Enide and Perceval.» In Sign, Sentence, Discourse: Language in Medieval Thought and Literature, ed. Julian N. Wasserman and Lois Roney, 50-79. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. ISBN: 0-8156-2445-X.


Revistas científicas con revisión por pares:
[2019] “The Evolving Iconography of the Tristan Legend from the Middle Ages to the Present with Special Emphasis on the Arthurian Revival in British Art,” Arthuriana 29.3 (Fall 2019): 66-104.
[2019] “Tristan in Film,” Arthuriana (special issue In Honor of Kevin J. Harty, ed. Alan Lupack and Barbara Tepa Lupack) 29.2 (Summer 2019): 47-63.
[2017] “Bédier et la légende tristanienne,” Sur les traces de Joseph Bédier. Romanische Studien 7 (2017): 67-78.
[2016] «Fate and the Plight of the Unloved in Kneehigh Theatre’s Tristan & Yseult, Arthuriana (Special issue: ‘Learning is the thing for you’: Essays in Honor of Alan Lupack, co-guest ed. Kevin J. Harty and Barbara Tepa Lupack), 26.2: 118-134.
[2015] «Refashioning Combat in Chrétien’s Cligés for the Burgundian Court,» Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes 2015-2, no. 30: 353-372. (In part 2: ‘Experiments in Fiction: Framing and Reframing at the End of the Middle Ages, and Beyond,’ ed. Jane H. M. Taylor).
[2014] «Tristan and Iseult at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.» Arthurian Literature 31 (2014): 131-64.
[2008] «The Fifteenth-Century Prose Cligés: Better Than Just Cutting to the Chase.» Arthuriana (special issue on Cligés) 18.4 (Winter): 62-72. ISSN: 1078-6279.
[2004] «John Updike’s Brazil: Tristan and Iseult in Black & White, White & Black.» Tristania – A Journal Devoted to Tristan Studies 23: 61-73. ISSN: 0360-3385.
[2000] «Love and Death? Reading Marie de France’s Chievrefoil Against Bédier’s Roman de Tristan et Iseut.» Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society 52: 311-22. ISBN: 0074-1388.
[2000] «Distancing Techniques in Chrétien de Troyes’s Li Contes del Graal and Eric Rohmer’s Perceval le GalloisArthuriana 10.4 (special issue on Arthurian film guest-edited by Kevin J. Harty and Alan Lupack): 35-45. ISSN: 1078-6279.
[1998] «In Bédier’s Shadow: French Prose Retellings of the Roman de Tristan et Iseut (1937-1985).» Tristania – A Journal Devoted to Tristan Studies 18: 77-91. ISSN: 0360-3385.
[1994] «Translating Tristan-love from the Prose Tristan to the Tavola Ritonda.» RLA: Romance Languages Annual 6: 92-97. ISSN: 1050-0774.
[1992-1993] «Galdós’s Tristana as a Subversion of the Tristan Legend.» Anales Galdosianos 27-28: 109-23. ISSN: 0569-9924.
[1990-1991] «Testimony and `Truth’ in Joseph d’ArimathieRomance Philology 44: 379-401. ISSN: 0035-8002.
[1990] «Voleir v. Poeir: Frustrated Desire in Thomas’s Tristan.» Philological Quarterly 69: 153-65. ISSN: 0031 7977.
[1987] «Chrétien’s Yvain: A Reflection on Romance Ideals.» Avalon to Camelot 2: 8-10.
[1986] «Chrétien in Translation: The Inexpressible Effervescence of the Champagne Poet.» Translation Review 19 (Special Issue on Medieval Literature): 16-22. ISSN: 0737-4836.
[1985] «On the Prologue of Chrétien’s Yvain: Opening Functions of Keu’s Quarrel.» Philological Quarterly 64: 391-98. ISSN: 0031 7977.
[1984] «Adversative Structure in Chrétien’s Yvain: the Role of the Conjunction mesMedioevo Romanzo 9: 27-50. ISSN: 0390 0711.


[2008] Commentator for In Search of Tristan, radio program produced by BBC Wales (aired on March 4).
[2004] «Chrétien de Troyes. Le Chevalier au lion (Yvain): except read in Old French. King Arthur Aloud. Arthurian Audio Files. Segment inaugurated on September 27.
[2003] «Tristan and Isolde.» Interview on Australian Radio National with Amanda Smith. May 15. Aired on Aug. 10 as part 3 of six-part series on Great Lovers.
Transcript and audio recording available at
[2003] «Or dient et content et fabloient»: Four Centuries of Old French Verse. (Readings of Arthurian and non-Arthurian 11th-15th c. French works with 4 other scholars, recorded on CD.) The Chaucer Studio.


International Arthurian Society:
  • 2002-2012: International Treasurer
  • 2012-2015: President, North American Branch
  • 2009-2012: Vice-President, North American Branch
  • 1994-2000: Secretary-Treasurer, North American Branch
International Courtly Literature Society
International Marie de France Society
Medieval Academy
Modern Language Association
CLYTIAR – Cultura, Literatura y Traducción Iber-Artúrica


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