Associate Professor, of French and Italian
Specializations / Research Interest(s)
- Early Modern French Literature and Culture
- French and European Theater
- Literature and Philosophy
- The Literature and Culture of Belgium
In my research and teaching, I focus on 16th- and 17th-century French literature and culture with a special interest in aesthetics and politics. For my current book project, Thinking through the Turk: Islam and the Ottoman Empire as Paradigms in Renaissance France, I have been exploring French orientalist discourses of the sixteenth century (literature, political discourses, cosmographical writings, and travel narratives).
In connection with this research project, I edited "The Turk of Early Modern France" (L'Esprit Créateur 53.4 ) and I am currently co-editing the collection The Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe, 1492-1700 (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2015).
Since 2012, I am also the co-editor of the series "Rethinking the Early Modern" (Northwestern University Press).
For an up-to-date bibliography of my publications please see CV.
- Ph.D. UC Irvine 2004
- FR 503 "Cultural Studies and the Study of Culture"
- FR 533 "Literature and Its Politics: The Case of Early Modern France"
- FR 535 "Fictions of Nation in Early Modern France"
- CWL 561 "The 'Oriental' on the European Stage from Shakespeare to Voltaire"
- FR 312 "Le Théâtre français du XVIIe au XXIe siècle"
- FR 322 "French Orientalisms"
LLS Titles & Affiliations
- Comparative and World Literature
- Figurations of France: Literary Nation-Building in Times of Crisis, 1550-1650. . Newark: U of Delaware Press, 2011.