Françoise Meltzer

Comparative Literature

Françoise Meltzer is the Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor in Comparative Literature, as well as Department Chair, with an additional appointment in the Divinity School. Her scholarship includes work on contemporary critical theory and 19th-century French literature. Her book For Fear of the Fire: Joan of Arc and the Limits of Subjectivity (Chicago 2001) explores the gendering of subjectivity from within the context of Joan of Arc’s trial. As a comparatist, Meltzer integrates German and English literature into her work, as well as French. She has been a co-editor of the journal Critical Inquiry since 1982 and her new book, Seeing Double: Baudelaire's Modernity, was published in June 2011 by the University of Chicago Press.