Elizabeth K. Hebbard has joined the tenure-track faculty of the Department of French and Italian as Assistant Professor of French starting in August 2018. As announced previously on these pages, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor here in 2017-18 and came to IU after two years at the University of New Hampshire and a successful Ph.D. completion at Yale University.
Thus far, Professor Hebbard has taught our F300 course Introduction to French/Francophone Studies, F361 La France médiévale (jusqu’à 1500), and a graduate course on Lyric in the Medieval Mediterranean. We were also pleased to be able to offer F410 Literature of the French Middle Ages for the first time in many years to our undergraduates, now that we have a French medievalist back on our faculty roster. “Students here bring a lot of intellectual curiosity to class,” Hebbard says, and she finds the diversity of student backgrounds and majors really adds to class discussions. She was particularly gratified to teach her first graduate seminar recently, where she could really dig into her scholarly passions.
Hebbard is a specialist in French medieval studies, and she is especially interested in manuscript studies. She and three colleagues have recently submitted a grant proposal to make medieval manuscripts more accessible to researchers by cataloguing and digitizing the holdings found in non-Research 1 institutions in the U.S. Midwest. When manuscripts are not catalogued, it can be difficult to know what holdings exist, but it is clear that many valuable manuscripts and manuscript fragments are out there, waiting to be studied.