Assistant Professor of French

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Michael Meere specializes in early modern French studies with a focus on theater and performance. He has edited French Renaissance and Baroque Drama: Text, Performance, Theory (Delaware, 2015), has completed a book manuscript on the ethics and poetics of representing violence in French Renaissance tragedy, and is working on a book-length study of social dramas and performance during the French Wars of Religion. He has published on authors ranging from Rabelais to Voltaire with articles that have appeared in The Romanic ReviewEarly Modern French StudiesL’Esprit CréateurThe French ReviewStudia AureaTransnational Subjects, as well as numerous book collectionsHis research has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the Chateaubriand Fellowship, the Society for French Studies, and the Society for Early Modern French Studies (formerly the Society for Seventeenth-Century French Studies). Besides receiving degrees from the University of Virginia (M.A., Ph.D.) and Northwestern University (B.A.), he obtained a Master 2 from Paris-Sorbonne University and a Maîtrise from Lumière University Lyon 2. Alongside his scholarship on drama, he also directs French-language theater productions at Wesleyan.



Research and Teaching Interests

16th-18th-Century French and Francophone Literature and Culture

Theater and Performance Studies in a Transhistorical Perspective

Early Modern Travel Narratives and Cross-Cultural Interactions

Critical and Literary Theory

Visual, Cultural, and Gender Studies



Ph.D., French Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2009

Master 2, Littérature française et comparée, Paris-Sorbonne University, 2006

Maîtrise, Lettres modernes, Lumière University Lyon 2, with courses taken at ENS-Lyon, 2003

M.A., French Language and Literature, University of Virginia, 2003

B.A., French and Comparative Literature, with Honors, Northwestern University, 2000

Year abroad: Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France, Paris 3, Goethe Institute, 1998-99


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of French, Wesleyan University, since 2016

Visiting Assistant Professor of French, Wesleyan University, 2014-16

Lecturer in French, King’s College London, 2012-14

Visiting Assistant Professor of French, College of the Holy Cross, Spring 2012

Lecturer in French, Princeton University, Columbia University, Fordham University, SUNY-FIT, and The New School, 2009-11


Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

Eastern College Consortium Faculty Exchange, Università di Bologna, 2017

Amy Wygant Research Bursary, Society for Seventeenth-Century French Studies, 2016

Participant, Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research, Harvard University, 2016

Project-Based Learning Davis-Mellon Grants, Wesleyan University, 2015, 2017

McMahon Memorial Fund Grants, Wesleyan University, 2014-17

Research Grant, Society for French Studies, 2014

Malcolm Bowie Prize, runner-up for “La violence sur la scène classique: une question de (dé)goût?” (prize awarded annually by the Society for French Studies for the best published article by an early career researcher in the field), 2014

Invited Researcher (“Visiting Scientist”), Università degli studi di Padova, 2014

Bursary Recipient, “Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries: Cultural Polemics in Europe, c. 1300–c.1650,” International Conference, University of Warwick, 2013

Small Grant, college-wide competition, KCL, 2013

Fulbright Scholars Fellowship (France), Fall 2011

Summer Language Institute Fellowship, Latin, university-wide competition, UVA, 2008

Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, UVA, 2007-08

Dissertation Fellowship, Department of French, UVA (declined), 2007-08

Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Humanities, UVA, 2007

Research Fellowship Away from the University, UVA, 2007

Fellow and Seminar Participant, Folger Shakespeare Institute, Washington D.C., 2006

Chateaubriand Fellowship (France), 2005-06

Bourse de mérite, university-wide grant, Université Paris 4-La Sorbonne, France, 2003-04

Robert J. Huskey Travel Grants (total of four), UVA, 2001-06

Presidential Graduate Fellowship, university-wide competition, UVA, 2001-06

Best Senior Essay in French, Northwestern University, 2000

J. Fair Foreign Language Fellowship, Northwestern University, 1999-2000