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Theresa Brock

Assistant Professor of French Studies

Theresa Brock


Hatfield Hall 315


Theresa Brock specializes in the early modern era (16th-18th centuries), placing French literature, history, and culture in a transnational context. Her teaching and research open up dialogues between the early modern past and the present day in order to trace the development of ideological lineages, especially as they pertain to the domains of the environmental humanities, animal studies, women’s, gender & sexuality studies, intersectional identities, religious studies, colonization, and science and technology studies. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in such journals as Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme, Women in French Studies, and Renaissance Quarterly.

Her first book, The Visionary Queen, interrogates gender, justice, religion, and politics in the life and writings of sixteenth-century author Marguerite de Navarre. Her second book project analyzes hermeneutics of the natural world in early modern French literature.

Selected Publications

The Visionary Queen: Justice, Reform, and the Labyrinth in Marguerite de Navarre. University of Delaware Press, forthcoming.

Review of Clément Marot and Théodore de Bèze, Les Pseaumes mis en rime françoise, volume I : texte de 1562, ed. Max Engammare (Droz: Geneva, 2019). Renaissance Quarterly, forthcoming.

“A Love that Reforms: Improving Gender Relations by Contesting Typologies of Women in La Comédie de Mont-de-Marsan and L’Heptaméron 10 and 42.” Renaissance and Reformation/ Renaissance et Réforme 43, no. 1 (2020): 51-79.

“Subverting Seduction: Gender and Genre in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron.” Women in French Studies 26 (2018): 13-26.

Review of Ricci, Maria Teresa, ed. Figures et langages de la marginalité aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles. Renaissance Quarterly 67, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 313-314.


Office Hours

Spring 2024

Tuesday, 4-5 p.m.
Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom


Ph.D., M.A., The Pennsylvania State University
B.A., The University of Delaware