black bar
Department of French and Italian
William Paden Professor Emeritus

(847) 491-8270
Kresge 3-140
1860 S Campus Drive

William Paden

William Paden, Professor Emeritus of French, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Yale. A specialist in literature of the Middle Ages, he was co-editor with the late Mario Trovato of a 13th-century philosophical treatise in Latin, Guillelmus de Aragonia, De Nobilitate Animi (2012); co-author with Frances Freeman Paden of a book of English verse translations, Troubadour Poems from the South of France (2007); author of An Introduction to Old Occitan (1998); editor of essay collections on Medieval Lyric: Genres in Historical Context (2000), The Future of the Middle Ages: Medieval Literature in the 1990s (1994), and The Voice of the Trobairitz: Perspectives on the Women Troubadours (1989); editor of The Medieval Pastourelle (1987); and co-editor of The Poems of the Troubadour Bertran de Born (1986). His interests include the troubadours and medieval poetry of France, Italy, and Spain. He was awarded a Mellon Emeritus Fellowship, 2011, for a project on "Love and Marriage in the Time of the Troubadours."

Forthcoming articles concern the music of thirteenth-century secular lyric in Galician-Portuguese; articles and translations of troubadour poetry; and a review article on William Reddy, The Making of Romantic Love. Recent articles include one on a newly discovered Occitan prayer against the Black Death and its tradition in Italy, France, and Catalonia, in Speculum (2014); a study of contemporary troubadour studies in Italy, in Tenso (2013); and several contributions in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th ed. (2012).

He has delivered papers in recent years at meetings of the Association Internationale d'Etudes Occitanes in Vienna, Messina, Bordeaux, and Lleida; at meetings of other associations in Limoges, London, and Hautefort; and at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University), the University of North Texas, and the University of New Mexico. He has received two Fellowships from the NEH, and directed an NEH Institute on medieval lyric poetry. He has served on the editorial boards of Exemplaria, PMLA, and Romance Philology, and is currently on the boards of Rialto: Repertorio informatizzato dell’antica letteratura trobadorica e occitana (Italy); Mot so razo (Spain); and Tenso, published by the American society for troubadour studies, the Société Guilhem IX, which he has served as Vice-President and President. He is a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques.


Back to Faculty Listing