French Renaissance Literary and Scholarly Legacies

A Conference in Honor of Edwin M. Duval on December 7, 2018

Participant Bios

RICHARD COOPER is Emeritus Professor of French at Brasenose College, Oxford. He works on Renaissance authors such as Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, the Pléiade, and Montaigne, as well as on court festivals, and relations between France and Italy. Recent publications include an edition of Marguerite de Navarre, Chrétiens et mondains, poèmes épars (2007), an edition of the 1549 romance Histoire et ancienne chronique de Gérard d’Euphrate, duc de Bourgogne (2012), and a monograph, Roman Antiquities in Renaissance France (2013).

FRANÇOIS CORNILLAT is Distinguished Professor of French at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and a specialist of 15th- and 16th-century French poetry. His publications in this field include “Or ne mens.” Couleurs de l’Éloge et du Blâme chez les “Grands Rhétoriqueurs” (Paris: Champion, 1994) and Sujet caduc, noble sujet. La poésie de la Renaissance et le choix de ses “arguments” (Geneva: Droz, 2009). He is currently working, in collaboration with the historian Laurent Vissière, on a critical edition of Jean Bouchet’s Panégyrique du chevalier sans reproche, to be published by Éditions Classiques Garnier. 

JESSICA DEVOS is a Lector of French at Yale University. In addition to her passion for teaching (and learning) languages, she never tires of exploring the complexities of Renaissance France and Italy. Her current research focuses on women writers, female voices, and gender as a lyric construct. 

BROOKE D. DI LAURO is an Associate Professor of French at the University of Mary Washington. She is interested in the interconnections between literature and the visual arts and has published two articles on the relationship between the poems and emblems of Scève’s Délie. Most recently she has contributed to two collected volumes, Memory and Community in Sixteenth-Century France (2016) and Polemic and Literature Surrounding the French Wars of Religion (2018).

BRUCE HAYES is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies at the University of Kansas. His research focuses primarily on polemical humor in Renaissance France. His first book was Rabelais’s Radical Farce (Ashgate, 2010) and he is currently preparing for publication a second monograph, Castigating Comedy: Polemical Humor and the French Wars of Religion (forthcoming, University of Delaware Press).

MIREILLE HUCHON is Emerita Professor at the Université Paris-Sorbonne, an honorary member of the Institut universitaire de France, vice-president of the Société d’Histoire littéraire de la France, and a specialist of 16th-century literature and language. Her numerous publications include Rabelais grammairien (Droz, 1981), the edited volume Œuvres complètes de Rabelais (Gallimard, Pléiade, 1994), a biography of the author, Rabelais (Gallimard, 2011), Histoire de la langue française (Le livre de poche, 2002), and Louise Labé, une créature de papier (Droz, 2006).

RICHARD E. KEATLEY‘s research focuses on the relationship between technological and sociological changes and the construction of identity in the late sixteenth century. His book Textual Spaces: French Renaissance Writings of the Italian Voyage, (forthcoming, Pennsylvania State University Press) examines the use of symbolic space in the travel diaries, poems, and narratives of French Renaissance travelers to Italy. 

MARY MCKINLEY is the Douglas Huntly Gordon Professor of French Emerita at the University of Virginia.  She is the author of two books on Montaigne: Words in a Corner: Studies in Montaigne’s Latin Quotations, 1981, and Les terrains vagues des «Essais»: Itinéraires et intertextes1995; and the co-editor of two collections of articles on Marguerite de Navarre: Critical Tales, 1993, and Companion to Marguerite de Navarre, 2013.  She is the editor and translator of Marie Dentière. Epistle to Marguerite de Navarre and Preface to a Sermon by Calvin, 2004, as well as the author of articles on these and other subjects in French Renaissance literature.

DORA POLACHEK is Visiting Associate Professor of French in Binghamton University’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, where she is also its Director of Undergraduate Studies. She has published extensively on Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne, Brantôme, and women’s roles in the French Wars of Religion. Her interests include issues related to gender, sexuality, and power in comic texts. She is currently working on a monograph on Brantôme and the “woman question.”

DAVID QUINT is Sterling Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University. A specialist of the European Renaissance, he has published widely on diverse literary genres. He is the author of Epic and Empire (1993), Montaigne and the Quality of Mercy (1998), Cervantes’ Novel of Modern Times (2003), Inside Paradise Lost (2014), and Virgil’s Double Cross (2018).

FRANÇOIS RIGOLOT is Meredith Howland Pyne professor of French Literature Emeritus at Princeton University. He has written books on individual Renaissance authors, such as Les langues d Rabelais (1972), Louise Labé Lyonnaise, ou, La Renaissance au feminin (1997), and Les métamorphoses de Montaigne (1988) as well as several general studies of the Renaissance. 

EDWARD TILSON is a researcher with the Graduate School of Trent University and a director of Canada’s Humanities Digital Degrees Project. Based on readings of 16th-century texts, Montaigne’s Essais in particular, his work examines connections between understandings of modernity on the one hand, and constructions of the Renaissance and of humanism on the other. 

SHIRA WEIDENBAUM is a Tutor in French and Humanities at Quest University Canada in British Columbia. Her article on the Discours familier by Pierre Regis appeared in Les états du Dialogue à l’âge de l’humanisme (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2015). She has a forthcoming article on the Dialogues rustiques of Jean de Moncy in Topographies of Tolerance and Intolerance: Responses to Religious Pluralism in Reformation Europe, edited by Victoria Christman and Beth Plummer. 

CATHY YANDELL is the W. I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French Literature, Language, and Culture at Carleton College. The author of Carpe Corpus: Time and Gender in Early Modern France (2000) and co-editor of Vieillir à la Renaissance (2009) and Memory and Community in Sixteenth-Century France (2015), she has published articles on dialogue, gender, the body, sexuality, and visual culture. Her current project examines the Renaissance body and corporeal knowledge from Rabelais to Descartes.

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