Michael Meere is a scholar of early modern French studies with an expertise in theater, poetics, and performance studies. He is the editor of French Renaissance and Baroque Drama: Text, Performance, Theory (University of Delaware Press, 2015) and has published on authors ranging from François Rabelais to Voltaire. He has written a book on the poetics and performance of violence in sixteenth-century French tragedy (currently under review); his second book project examines staged reenactments of current events during the French Wars of Religion. He is also preparing several critical editions of French tragedies from the late sixteenth century and working on a collective volume on professional theater at the turn of the seventeenth century. Other research interests include early modern travel narratives and cross-cultural interactions, critical and literary theory, contemporary theater and performance, visual studies, indigenous studies, and queer·gender studies. His research has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the Chateaubriand Fellowship, the Society for French Studies, and the Society for Early Modern French Studies. Alongside his scholarship on drama, he directs French-language theater productions at Wesleyan.
He has taught literature and language at King’s College London, College of the Holy Cross, Columbia University, SUNY-FIT, Fordham University, The New School, Princeton University, Lumière University Lyon 2, Università di Padova, and the University of Virginia.
Ph.D., University of Virginia (French Language and Literature); Master 2, Paris-Sorbonne University (Littérature française et comparée); Maîtrise, Lumière University Lyon 2 (Lettres modernes); M.A., University of Virginia (French Language and Literature); B.A., Northwestern University (French and Comparative Literature, with Honors)