Robert J. Hudson

Commonly Taught Courses

French/Italian 317          French & Italian Cinema
French 340                       Intro to Literary Analysis
French 361                        French Civilization to 1715
French 452R                    Women Writers, 12–17c
French 453R                    Lyric Poetry/Great Novels
French 454R                    Prose in Renaissance France


A proud Kentuckian and humanistic bon vivant, aside from his academic pursuits (below), Bob enjoys stand-up comedy, country music, Mediterranean cooking, genealogy and various forms of football (American/NFL, rugby union, association), a sport he played collegiately. He served a church mission in Paris, France (1998-2000), before marrying Maria Cabrera (2006); they’re the parents of three children, whose youth sports teams they often coach. Bob serves on the 16th-century French forum executive committee for MLA and is also the current director of MARS (BYU Medieval & Renaissance Studies) and editor-in-chief of Lingua Romana.


PhD, French & Francophone Studies, UCLA, 2008
~ Dissertation: “The Petrarchan Lyrical Imperative: An Anthropology of the Sonnet in Renaissance France, 1536-1552”
MA, French Studies, BYU, 2005
BA, French, BYU, 2004

Academic Interests

Poetry: French Lyric, Pastoral & Epistolary verse traditions
~ Clément Marot & Gallic Regional Identity
~ Pontus de Tyard & Renaissance Neoplatonism
François I & Valois France (esp. 16c Lyon & Lorraine)
Imitation Theory & Pléïade Poetics
French & Italian Cinema