Assistant Professor of French

Charles-Louis Morand Métivier, a native of France, received his Ph.D. in French literature as well as a certificate in Medieval and Renaissance studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.
His research focuses on the literary representation of the extreme emotions begotten by medieval and renaissance massacres, and on how these emotions helped create an idea of the nascent French nation as an emotional community, transcending the traditional ideas of nation building. He has secondary interests in literary and gender theory, early-modern poetry and theater, and in the expression of French popular culture (cinema, television, music, graphic novels, etc).
He is a co-coordinator for La Maison Française and enjoys helping students discover and understand the many sides of French culture. He has taught classes on language, culture, translation, and literature. He published on articles Ronsard and du Bellay, Christine de Pizan, and Philippe de Mézières. He is working on a critical edition and translation in prose of the Tragédie du sac de Cabrières for AMS Press, as well as on a volume on emotions and literature in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


Peer-Reviewed Books:
La Tragédie du sac de Cabrières. Dramatizing and Interpreting History. A Critical Edition and Translation in Prose. Under contract with AMS Press.
Peer –Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters:
“Creation and Union through Death and Massacre: the Crusade of Nicopolis and Philippe de Mézières’ Epistre lamentable et consolatoire,” in Trauma in Medieval Society, ed. Wendy Turner and Christina Lee. Under Contract with Brill.
“‘Sagement se chastie qui par autrui se chastie’ : la proverbe comme facilitateur de l’émotion dans Une Epistre lamentable et consolatoire de Philippe de Mézières, » Proverbium 33 (2016), forthcoming
“ « D’un vers non fabuleux je veux chanter sa gloire » : famille royale et émotions dans la poésie encomiastique de Joachim du Bellay,” Cincinnati Romance Review 38 (Fall 2014), 20-36.
Articles submitted to Peer-Review:
“Émotions politiques, politiques émotionnelles : Christine de Pizan et Charles V,” under review at The French Review
“Emotions, maculinité et gouvernance dans La Tragédie du sac de Cabrières,” under review at Neophilologus
 “Transfiguring the love debate: women as a national emotional community in Alain Chartier’s Livre des quatre dames,” under review at Mediaevalia.
Works in progress:
Passionate Words: Emotional and Affective Narratives in pre-Modern Europe (tentative title), collaborative volume, edited with Andreea Marculescu (University of California- Irvine).
Articles and Book Chapters:
 “Narrating a Massacre: the Writing of History and Emotions as Response to the Battle of Nicopolis”
“Waring Words: Ronsard and his Opponents at the End of the First French War of Religions”
Other publications (non peer-reviewed):
Encyclopedia entries on “Michel Sardou” and “Carlos” for Je chante donc je suis’: an anthology of French and Francophone singers, from Abd al Malik to Zazie (working title), forthcoming 2015.
10 Book reviews with The Sixteenth-Century Journal, Proverbia, H-France Review, The French Review


Awards and Recognition

The Ramon and Marguerite Guthrie Fund at Dartmouth College, awarded for the organization of "Prosecuting War in the Long Fourteenth Century," with Andrea Tarnowski (Dartmouth College).
Burack Distinguished Lecture Series, awarded for Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, University of Vermont, October 2014.
Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, Academic Year 2012-2013.
Teaching Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, August 2007-April 2012.
Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, Summer 2011. 
Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, Summer 2010.
Newberry Library Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, January 2010.
Arts and Sciences Summer Research Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, Summer 2009.
Katz Business School Fellowship, Teaching of Business French, University of Pittsburgh, Summer 2008.

Associations and Affiliations

Modern Languages Association
Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Société des Études Médiévales du Québec
The Medieval Academy
Renaissance Society of America
International Christine de Pizan Society
International Alain Chartier Society
Professor Morand Métivier

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

French Medieval and Renaissance Studies; history of emotions.
French: native
English: near-native
German: advanced
Latin and ancient Greek: reading knowledge


  • Ph.D. French Language and Literature, University of Pittsburgh


  • (802) 656-8823
Office Location:

511 Waterman

Office Hours:

Fall 2017: TR 11:00-12:00

Courses Taught

  • FREN 52: Intermediate II
  • FREN 101: Writing Workshop
  • FREN 132: Contemporary France
  • FREN 141: French Literature in Context II
  • FREN 235: Medieval/Renaissance Studies
  • FREN 237: Early French Women Writers
  • FREN 292: Topics in French Culture