Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Dr. David M. Posner

Associate Professor, French Language and Literature
Editor, Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association

Email: dposner@luc.edu

Research Interests

  • European literatures (French, Italian, German, English) of the Renaissance and 17th century, in particular prose narrative, epic, theater, and the essay
  • The reception of Classical antiquity in the Renaissance
  • Modern and contemporary Francophone literatures, especially those of sub-Saharan Africa
  • Philosophy and literature
  • Literature and opera

Selected Publications

  • “What do Philosophers Want? Love and Loss in the Essais of Montaigne”, in Teoria 29:2 (2009): 95-107.
  • De Re Ædificatoria: Panurge and the Walls of Paris”, forthcoming in Modern Philology.
  • “Mortality, Melancholy, and the Limits of Knowledge in the Quart Livre”, in Esprit généreux, esprit pantagruélicque (Genève: Droz, 2008): 197-208.
  • “Rhetoric, Redemption, and Fraud: What We Do When We End Books”, in the MLA’s Profession 2005: 179-82.
  • “Religious Economies in The Merchant of Venice”, in Annals of Scholarship 16:1-3 (2004): 139-53.
  • “French Literature”, “Montaigne”, “Rabelais”, and “Racine”, articles for Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003).
  • The Performance of Nobility in Early Modern European Literature.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Education

  • Ph. D., Comparative Literature, Princeton (1992).
  • AB, Comparative Literature, Stanford (1984).

Courses Regularly Taught

  • French 309, Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean
  • French 316, Survey of XVIc. Literature
  • French 317, Survey of XVIIc. Literature
  • French 318, Survey of XVIIIc. Literature
  • Honors 101/02, Developments in the History of Western Thought
  • Honors 216, Encountering Europe
  • LITR 280, Voyages to the Underworld
  • LITR 280, Theater
  • LITR 280, Renaissance Road Trips
  • LITR/INTS/BWS 283, Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean
  • LITR 284, African Film
  • LITR 285, Literature and Opera
  • LITR 290, The Renaissance
  • FREN/ITAL/GERM/SPAN 308, Literary Theory Ancient and Modern

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Modern Language Association
  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
  • American Association for Italian Studies
  • Société des Amis de Montaigne
  • African Literature Association