Michael Meere specializes in early modern French studies with a focus on theater and performance. His first book is a study on the ethics and poetics of performing violence in sixteenth-century French tragedy. His current book-length project examines social dramas and performances during the French Wars of Religion. He also works on early modern travel narratives and cross-cultural interactions, critical and literary theory, and visual, cultural, and gender studies. He has published on authors ranging from François Rabelais to Voltaire, and 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, 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)