Jeffrey N. Peters

  • Professor, French and Francophone Studies
  • Director, Undergraduate Certificate in International Film Studies
  • French & Francophone Studies
  • International Film Studies
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
  • Social Theory
1031 Patterson Office Tower
859-257-3761
Research Interests:
Education

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Research

I have just completed a book titled The Written World: Space, Writing, and the Chorological Imagination in Seventeenth-Century French Literature. 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: 

Books

The Written World: Space, Writing, and the Chorological Imagination in Seventeenth-Century French Literature. Northwestern University Press, 2018 (forthcoming)

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

“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.

"The Geography of Spectacle in Corneille's L'Illusion comique." Seventeenth-Century French Studies 35, no. 1 (July 2013): 23-37.

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

Recent Courses 

FR 103: Introduction to French Cinema
FR 225: French Film Noir
HON 231: The Written World
FR 609: Barthes, Theory, and the Seventeenth Century
FR 609: Seventeenth-Century Studies: Writing Space

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