Elizabeth Capdevielle

Assistant Teaching Professor


B.A., English, Saint Louis University;

M.A., Liberal Arts, St. John’s College;

M.A., English Literary Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison;

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison


Prof. Capdevielle’s scholarly interests center on rhetoric and ethics, from the rhetoric of responsibility in Middle English literature to engagement and ethical writing among contemporary undergraduate writers. Her research in literary studies examines representations of intercession and mediation in religious and secular English literature of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Capdevielle’s background in Liberal Arts shapes her teaching in the University Writing Program, as she invites students to identify and investigate problems in public rhetoric that concern them personally, finding discourses of relevance in areas as diverse as sports media, Church teachings, product promotions, and political marketing.

Scholarly Work

  • “Divine Diplomacy and Audience Responsibility in Chaucer.” New Chaucer Society. Siena, Italy, July 2010.
  • “‘And whan that ye han herd the tale, demeth’: Court and Courtroom in The Franklin’s Tale,” 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 2008.
  • “Lewed Man, Learned Secrets: The Ethic of Intention in Troilus and Criseyde.” GSA Madlit Conference, UW-Madison, March 2008.
  • “Compromised by Positions: Criseyde and the Courtier’s Dilemma.” Illinois Medievalist Association, Chicago, February 2006.

Email: ecapdevi@nd.edu
Phone: (574) 631-7419
Office: 211 Coleman-Morse Center