In 16th -century French studies, my main interests are lyric poetry, literature and political thought, literature and philosophy, and Anglo-French literary relations. My other interests include critical theory, American literature and American studies, Quebec studies, cinema, politics of the profession, and alternate disciplinary organizations of literature.


PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, 1993

MA, French, University of Minnesota, 1990

MA, Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, 1987

BA, Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1983



2017. A Modest Apocalypse. Poetry. London: Eyewear.

2016. Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory. New York: Bloomsbury. Paperback 2017.

2013. Co-edited with Catherine Gimelli Martin. French Connections in the English Renaissance. Burlington, VT and Farnham, UK: Ashgate. Routledge edition 2016.

2010. The Poetics of Literary Transfer in Early Modern France and England. Burlington, VT and Farnham, UK: Ashgate. Routledge edition 2016.

1997. Writing Cogito: Montaigne, Descartes, and the Institution of the Modern Subject. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Recent articles:

“Godard Gets the Blues: Movies, Music, and Baraka.” L’Esprit Créateur 58.4 (Winter 2018): 64–82.

Montaigne’s Passions and Lipsian Subjects.” Montaigne Studies 30.1­–2 (March 2018): 153­–­63.

“Deleuze, Kerouac, Fascism, and Death.” Dead Theory: Derrida, Death, and the Afterlife of Theory. Ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. 191–204.

“Critiques of Early Modern Criticism: Poetics, Historicism, and the Pitfalls of Periodization.” Criticism After Critique. Ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 127–40.

“La carte cinématographique du xvie siècle: sur la route transdisciplinaire.” Illustrations inconscientes. Ecritures de la Renaissance. Mélanges offerts à Tom ConleyEd. Bernd Renner and Phillip John Usher. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2014. 31–44.

“Jack Kerouac’s Quest for Identity: Satori in Paris.” Studies in American Fiction41.1 (Spring 2014): 49–76.

“Spenser’s Mutabilitie Cantos and Du Bellay’s Poetic Transformation.” Martin and Melehy, French Connections (2013 ­— see above). 51–64.

“The Mobility of Constancy: Montaigne, Shakespeare, and Lipsius.” REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature 28 (2012): 73–91.

“Literatures of Exile and Return: Jack Kerouac and Quebec.” American Literature 84.3 (September 2012): 589–615.

Blog Posts


    Book in progress: Constant Masks: Literature and the Politics of Neostoicism in Early Modern France and England.

    Translation in progress: Jean Fanchette, L’Île équinoxe. Selected poems.

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