Ed Steidle began his graduate studies in comparative literature at Johns Hopkins University and went on to earn his master’s degree and doctorate at UC Berkeley. Since joining the Stanford faculty in 1984, he has taught in various departments, including the Western Culture program, the literature and arts track of the English department and the graduate program in the humanities. He also developed the successful Crossroads series for the Continuing Studies program. He has focused his studies on the cultures of antiquity and the medieval world across Eurasia, in particular on the comparative aspects of their history, literature and art. Most recently he has taught a series of classes on the European Renaissance and its impact on non-Western cultures. On our walks, Ed’s lectures will explore, among other topics, the pivotal role of the Languedoc in the development and dissemination of courtly love across Europe and its effect on the evolution of Western gender ideals. He will also cover the origins and significance of the Cathar heresy on the development of French history in succeeding centuries.
Joined Stanford faculty in 1984
Taught in Stanford's English department, graduate program in the humanities and Continuing Studies program
Created the Crossroads and the Making of the Modern World series for Stanford’s Continuing Studies program
BA, English literature and Eastern philosophy, Franklin & Marshall College
MA, comparative literature, Johns Hopkins University and UC Berkeley