Françoise Meltzer

Comparative Literature

Françoise Meltzer is Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor in Comparative Literature. Her scholarship includes work on contemporary critical theory and nineteenth-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 book, Seeing Double: Baudelaire's Modernity, was published in 2011 by the University of Chicago Press.