Jeffrey N. Peters

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  • Professor, French and Francophone Studies
  • Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • French & Francophone Studies
  • International Film Studies
  • International Studies
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
  • Social Theory
1031 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Ph.D., University of Michigan


I have just completed a book titled The Written World: Space, Literature, and the Chorological Imagination in Early Modern France. This study considers the relation between philosophies of space and literary art in the seventeenth century. Through reference to Plato's concept of chora, or the "receptacle of becoming," the creative force through which the Idea acquires material location, I propose in The Written World that we may understand space to be a foundational, originating principle of literary creation, part of the ineffable origin of literature itself.


Selected Publications: 


The Written World: Space, Literature, and the Chorological Imagination in Early Modern France. Northwestern University Press, 2018. (Click for more information.)

Mapping Discord: Allegorical Cartography in Early Modern French Writing. University of Delaware Press, 2004. (Awarded the 2005 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies by the MLA: The Modern Language Association of America)

Representative articles

“Early Modern Clouds and the Poetics of Meteorology: An Introduction” (with Katharina N. Piechocki). Romance Quarterly 68, 2 (2021): 1-14.

“Posthumanist Asyndeton: Critique and Judgment in Early Modern Object Studies.” Exemplaria. Medieval, Early Modern, Theory 32, no. 2 (2020): 167-75.

"Of Lost Islands: Affect and the New in Montaigne." Montaigne Studies 30, 1-2 (March 2018): 55-68.

“Lucretius, Space, and Poetic Invention in Molière’s L’Ecole des femmes and La Critique de l'Ecole des femmes.” Le nouveau Moliériste (January 2017): 3-25.

“Orphée en devenir: image et invention dans les Fables de La Fontaine.” Littératures classiques 82 (2013): 187-200.

“Tautou’s Face.” PMLA 126, no. 4 (October 2011): 1042-60.

Recent Courses 

FR 103: Introduction to French Cinema
FR 225: French Film Noir
MCL 503: Film Theory
FR 609: Barthes, Theory, and the Seventeenth Century
FR 609: Seventeenth-Century Studies: Writing Space

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