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Markus Cruse

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Assoc Professor, French
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
Biography

Mark Cruse's research and teaching interests range widely, but have in common the desire to understand people, places, objects, and texts on their own terms. For Cruse, humanism is an essentially sympathetic enterprise that is most comprehending when it employs multiple disciplines, approaches, media, and languages. Cruse has published on medieval theater manuscripts, heraldry in manuscript illumination, a 14th-century ivory writing tablet, Charles V's renovation of the Louvre, color in medieval European literature, the crusades, and place in Haitian literature, among other topics. His book, "Illuminating the Roman d'Alexandre (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 264): The Manuscript as Monument," examines a 14th-century illuminated romance manuscript as an embodiment of courtly values, urban spectacle, princely education, and crusade ideology. His current book project is on the Old French manuscripts of Marco Polo's travel account. His grants include the Institute for Advanced Study (2013-2014) and the National Humanities Center (2017-2018).

Cruse teaches a 300-level survey of French literature, French medieval theater, the history of the French language, a team-taught course on Paris and Florence in the Middle Ages (with Juliann Vitullo), medieval French travel writing, Haitian history and culture, SLC 202: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, and SLC 194: Knights, Magic, Monsters: Medieval and Modern Fantasy. He has been twice nominated for the CLAS Teaching Award (2010, 2013), and was a finalist for ASU Professor of the Year (2013).

Education
  • Ph.D. New York University 2005
  • B.A. Amherst College 1993
Research Interests

Literature, theater, art, architecture, urbanism of medieval France

Manuscript Studies

Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages

Medieval travel literature and depictions of the East

History of Paris

Haitian literature

Publications
  • Cruse, Mark. Illuminating the _Roman d'Alexandre_ in MS Bodley 264: The Manuscript as Monument. (2011).
  • Mark Cruse. "Aesthetics," "R. Bezzola," "M.R. James," "Material Culture," "Text". Handbook of Medieval Studies (2010).
  • Mark Cruse. Matter and Meaning in Medieval Books: The Romance Manuscript as Sensory Experience. Senses and Society (2010).
  • La Compagnie Gaillarde (Simonetta Cochis, Transylvania University; Markus Cruse; Yvonne LeBlanc, The Hill School). Session on "Trompeurs trompés": Performances of "Le savetier Calbain," "Maître Pathelin.". (2008).
  • La Compagnie Gaillarde (Simonetta Cochis, Transylvania University; Markus Cruse; Yvonne LeBlanc, The Hill School). XIIe Colloque de la SITM. (2008).
  • Cruse, Markus Ian (Author) . Intimate Performance: An Ivory Writing Tablet Cover at The Cloisters. _Cultural Performances in Medieval France_ (2007).
  • Mark Cruse. Costuming the Past: Heraldry in Illustrations of the _Roman d'Alexandre_ (MS Bodley 264). _Gesta_ (2006).
  • Cruse, Mark. The Memoirs of Catherine the Great. (2005).
  • Mark Cruse, Gabriella Parussa, Isabelle Ragnard. The Aix Jeu de Robin et Marion: Image, Text, Music. Studies in Iconography (2004).
  • . . Review of: The Poetry of Villon and Baudelaire: Two Worlds, One Human Condition (2001).
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 321French Literature
FRE 494Special Topics
FRE 598Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 194Special Topics
SLC 194Special Topics
HON 194Special Topics
FRE 492Honors Directed Study
FRE 493Honors Thesis
ARS 494Special Topics
SLC 494Special Topics
FRE 494Special Topics
ENG 494Special Topics
ITA 494Special Topics
HON 494Special Topics
FRE 499Individualized Instruction
FRE 590Reading and Conference
FRE 592Research
FRE 593Applied Project
FRE 595Continuing Registration
SLC 598Special Topics
FRE 598Special Topics
ITA 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 321French Literature
FRE 492Honors Directed Study
FRE 493Honors Thesis
FRE 494Special Topics
FRE 590Reading and Conference
SLC 591Seminar
FRE 591Seminar
FRE 592Research
FRE 595Continuing Registration
FRE 598Special Topics
FRE 599Thesis
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 194Special Topics
FRE 194Special Topics
FRE 484Internship
FRE 492Honors Directed Study
SLC 494Special Topics
FRE 494Special Topics
FRE 590Reading and Conference
FRE 592Research
FRE 593Applied Project
FRE 595Continuing Registration
SLC 598Special Topics
FRE 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 321French Literature
FRE 484Internship
FRE 493Honors Thesis
FRE 494Special Topics
SLC 494Special Topics
FRE 499Individualized Instruction
FRE 590Reading and Conference
FRE 592Research
FRE 593Applied Project
FRE 595Continuing Registration
FRE 598Special Topics
SLC 598Special Topics
FRE 599Thesis
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 593Applied Project
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 494Special Topics
FRE 521History of the French Language
FRE 590Reading and Conference
FRE 592Research
FRE 593Applied Project
FRE 595Continuing Registration
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
FRE 321French Literature
SLC 494Special Topics
ITA 494Special Topics
FRE 494Special Topics
ARS 494Special Topics
FRE 590Reading and Conference
FRE 592Research
FRE 593Applied Project
FRE 595Continuing Registration
SLC 598Special Topics
FRE 598Special Topics
FRE 599Thesis
Presentations
  • Mark Cruse. "Serious Fun: Why Studying Foreign Language and Culture Matters". Meeting of Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society (Oct 2010).
  • Mark Cruse. "The History of Paris". ASU Cercle français meeting (Sep 2010).
  • Mark Cruse. "Frodo, Luke, and Harry at The Cloisters: Archetypes in Medieval and Modern Narrative". The Cloisters Museum Gallery Talk (Aug 2010).
  • Mark Cruse. Boundaries of the Human. MLA Convention (Dec 2009).
  • Mark Cruse. Royal Power and Representation. Second Annual Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Oct 2009).
  • Mark Cruse. The Romance Manuscript as Sensory Experience. ASU IHR Symposium: The Five Senses in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Jan 2009).
  • Mark Cruse. Curiosity in Medieval French Literature. Modern Language Association Convention (Dec 2008).
  • Mark Cruse. The History of Paris; Highlights of the Louvre; The Musee de Cluny; The Latin Quarter. Oxbridge Academic Programs (Jul 2008).
  • Mark Cruse. Architecture and Authority in the Roman d’Alexandre (MS Bodley 264). Invited lecture, Maison française, New York University (May 2008).
  • Mark Cruse. The Manuscript as Monumental Space: The Case of MS Bodley 264. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky at Lexington (Apr 2008).
  • Cruse, Mark. The Curious Case of Medieval Art. Saturday Gallery Talks (Dec 2007).
  • Cruse, Mark. Alexandre le Grand et le mythe de la justice du roi. XIIe Congrès de la Société internationale de littérature courtoise (Aug 2007).
  • Cruse, Mark. Performance of French Farces. Twelfth Triennial Conference of the Societe Internationale pour l'Etude du Theatre Medieval (Jul 2007).
  • Cruse, Mark. Memory and Medieval Visual Culture. Saturday Gallery Talks (Jan 2007).
  • Cruse, Mark. Kingship in Medieval Art, Knight Bites Dragon: Humans and Animals in Medieval Art and the Crusades, The Living Image: Medieval Art and Theater, Medieval Perceptions of Antiquity "Heraldry", Romance in the Middle Ages,Medieval Art and the Spoken Word, Port. Saturday Gallery Talks (Dec 2006).
  • Cruse, Mark. Emblems of Poetry: The Iconography of a Fourteenth-Century Writing Tablet. Rocky Mountain MLA (Oct 2006).
  • Cruse, Mark. Mourning in the Margins of the _Roman d'Alexandre_ (MS Bodley 264). International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (Jul 2006).
  • Cruse, Mark. Kingship in Medieval Art. Saturday Gallery Talks (Jun 2006).
  • Cruse, Mark. 'The King is Dead': Grief and Ceremony in the _Roman d'Alexandre_. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky at Lexington (Apr 2006).
  • Cruse, Mark. Providence and Prosperity in Early Medieval France. 12th Annual ACMRS Conference (Feb 2006).
  • Cruse, Mark. Catherine the Great and the Court. Book lecture, Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Washington, DC (Sep 2005).
  • Cruse, Mark. A Platform for Public Reading? MS Bodley 264 (the Roman d'Alexandre) in the 14th-Century Court. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (Apr 2005).
  • Cruse, Mark. The Roman d'Alexandre in a Modern Guise. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (Apr 2005).
  • Cruse, Mark. Story and Manuscript Illumination. Storytelling Across the Disciplines (Feb 2005).
  • Cruse, Mark. The Courtly Gaze. Int'l Courtly Lit. Soc. MLA Convention (Dec 2004).
  • Cruse, Mark. Nineteenth-Century French Art at the Metropolitan Museum. Lecture to New York University Summer Program students (Jul 2004).
  • Cruse, Mark. Always Already Fought: The Crusades and the Old French Roman d'Alexandre. 119th MLA Annual Convention (Dec 2003).
  • Cruse, Mark. Dance in Medieval French Manuscripts. Roundtable on Medieval Dance (May 2003).
  • Cruse, Mark. La Compagnie Gaillarde. Performances of "Le savetier Calbain," "Martin de Cambrai. 38th Int'l Congress on Med. Studies (May 2003).
  • Cruse, Mark. Love and Courtship in the Middle Ages. 38th Int'l Congress on Med. Studies (May 2003).
  • Cruse, Mark. Loving Looks and Combat Courtship in the Voeux du paon. 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 2003).
  • Cruse, Mark. Medieval Romance and Manuscripts. Teachers' Workshop (Mar 2003).
  • Cruse, Mark. La Compagnie Gaillarde. Performances of "Le pâté et la tarte," "La Confession Margot". 37th Int'l Congress on Med. Studies (May 2002).
  • Cruse, Mark. Bookbound & Civic Spectacles: Performances of Alexander the Great in Medieval France & Flanders. 37th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 2002).
  • Cruse, Mark. Introduction to Medieval Manuscripts. Medieval French Literature (Mar 2002).
  • Cruse, Mark. Performance and the Romance Manuscript: Session I. Int'l Courtly Lit. Soc. MLA Convention (Dec 2001).
Service
  • International Center for Medieval Art Advocacy Committee, Committee Member (2009 - Present)
  • SILC Transdisciplinary Ph.D. Committee, Member (2009 - Present)
  • SILC 202 Coordinating Committee, Member (2009 - Present)
  • French Graduate Committee, Director/Graduate Representative (2008 - Present)
  • French Graduate Committee, Director (2008 - Present)
  • Executive Committee on Medieval French Literature of the Modern Language Association, Committee Member (2007 - Present)
  • French Graduate Committee, Graduate Representative/Director (2008 - 2015)
  • International Center for Medieval Art Advocacy Committee, Member (2009 - 2012)
  • Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Director (2010 - 2012)
  • Institute for Humanities Research Advisory Board, Member (2010 - 2012)
  • SILC Executive Committee, Member (2010 - 2012)
  • Judith Radke Translation Award Committee, Member (2010 - 2012)
  • SILC Transdisciplinary Ph.D. Committee, Member (2009 - 2012)
  • ACMRS Conference Committee, Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Spanish Search Committee, Member (2010 - 2011)
  • Steering Committee for Project Humanities, Member (2010 - 2011)
  • MLA Division on French Medieval Language and Literature, Chair (2007 - 2011)
  • MLA Division on French Medieval Language and Literature (formerly Executive Committee), Committee Member (2007 - 2011)
  • Travel Grant Committee for Undergraduate Medieval Studies Conference, Member (2010 - 2010)
  • Tartar Literature Scholarship Committee, Member (2010 - 2010)
  • Committee to select Dean’s Circle Scholarship recipients, Chair (2010 - 2010)
  • SILC, Peer Evaluator (2010 - 2010)
  • Attended CLAS orientation lunch with incoming freshmen, Discussant (2010 - 2010)
  • French Search Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Committee to select Dean’s Circle Scholarship recipients, Member (2009 - 2009)
  • Japanese Search Committee, Member (2008 - 2008)
  • Cercle français, Faculty participant (2006 - 2007)
  • French Graduate Committee, Member (2006 - 2007)