When Victor Hugo wrote his novel, Notre-Dame of Paris in 1831, the cathedral of Notre Dame was over 600 years old and crumbling. The ensuing tale was one that inspired a massive renovation project and continues to stir imaginations today. In this week’s episode, Kristin talks about the story of Hugo’s Notre-Dame of Paris and its continuing resonance with modern audiences.
Jonathan Cox, “The Quest for Quasimodo,” British Medical Journal (Clinical Research ed.), 291: 6511, (1985), 1801-1803.
Alison Craven, “Esmerelda of Notre-Dame: The Gypsy in Medieval View from Hugo to Disney,” in The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past, ed. Tison Pugh and Susan Aronstein, Palgrave Macmillan, (2012), 225-242.
Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Catherine Liu, trans., The Modern Library, (2007).
Irina Metzler, Disability in Medieval Europe: Thinking About Physical Impairment during the High Middle Ages, c.1100-1400, Routledge, (2006).
Paula-Andreea Onofrei, “Medieval Elements in Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” Anastasis Research in Medieval Culture and Art 2 (2018), 152-156.
Interior Nave, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, by Chris Parker
Quasimodo and Esmeralda, Cent dessins : extraits des oeuvres de Victor Hugo : album specimen, 1800s.
Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris, tome 1 (Paris: C. Gosselin, 1831), via Bibliothèque nationale de France.
This episode is part of our Footnoting Disney Series.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney, (1996).
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)