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Dr. Tamara Bentley Caudill

Dr. Tamara Bentley Caudill

Assistant Professor of French, Chair of World Languages


Email address  tcaudil1@ju.edu
Telephone number  (904) 256-7103
Office location  Council Bldg 132


  • Ph.D., Tulane University
  • M.A., University of Kentucky
  • B.A., Transylvania University


Tamara Bentley Caudill (Ph.D., Tulane University) is a specialist in medieval and early modern French literature, theatre and performance, and visual cultures. Known to her students as "Madame," Dr. Caudill is interested in language, literature, and culture as immersive experiences. She brings that focus into the classroom with activities that engage students in multiple ways, from cooking demonstrations to interactive murder mysteries; and her efforts were recognized with the 2021 Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching.

She is the President of the International Marie de France Society and Assistant Editor of its journal, Le Cygne.

Recent Publications

"Another version of the truth: treachery, testimony, and triumph in the Old French lay of Tyolet," Arthuriana, 31:4 (2021): 29-46.

"It Takes Two: Considerations of Voice and Performance of the Male-Female Tenso," in Gender and Voice in Medieval French Literature and Lyric, ed. Rachel Golden and Katherine Kong (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2021), 50-72.

"Lay, Lady, Lay: Introducing Marie de France in the Survey Classroom” The Once and Future Classroom Vol. XVII, Issue 1 (Spring 2021). Online. https://teams-medieval.org/once-and-future-classroom/

Qu’Allah bénisse la France (2014),” in Allons au cinema: Promoting French Through Films, Vol. 3 “Immigration et Identité.” Eds. Dolliann Hurtig and Joyce Beckwith. AATF Press, 2019. 35-44.

Review of Twenty-Four Lays from the French Middle Ages, eds. Glyn S. Burgess and Leslie C. Brook, in Encomia 38-39 (2018): 37-39.

“Half the man I used to be: Raimon de las Salas and the Trouble with the Trobairitz,” Tenso: Bulletin of the Société Guilhelm IX 32 (2017): 1-18.

Courses Taught

  • Elementary French I and II
  • Intermediate French I and II
  • Conversation through Film
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Contemporary France
  • Fairy Tales and Folklore of France
  • Molière
  • French Visual Culture