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Marcus Keller

Associate Professor, of French and Italian

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Early Modern French Literature and Culture
  • French and European Theater
  • Literature and Philosophy
  • The Literature and Culture of Belgium

Research Description

  • 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 [2013]) and co-edited the collection The Dialectics of Orientalism in Early Modern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

    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.

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