Bryant White is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University. His research looks at medieval comic literature, concentrating on the intersection of humor with anticlericalism and questions of religious dissent. With an emphasis on satire and parody, his narrower focus is on the use of these modes of humor in several genres of late medieval secular drama in France, particularly the sermon joyeux. In a dissertation entitled “Dictes amen devottement”: Late Medieval Religious Parody in Context, he will look at how these forms of literature play into larger mindsets and movements at play in the Late Middle Ages.
Bryant finished a B.A. in French at the University of Rhode Island in 2011, after which he spent six months in Fontenay-le-Comte, France as an English teaching assistant in conjunction with the TAPIF program. Back in the States, Bryant taught French courses at the Alliance Française in Providence, RI and also worked as an assistant at the French-American School of RI until 2016. From 2016 to 2018 he studied at Boston College and received an M.A. in French after having completed a final research project on Blaise Pascal’s reception and representation of Calvinist theology in the Écrits sur la grâce.