Associate Professor of French, Director of French Literature
Leah Chang received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her first book, Into Print: The Production of Female Authorship in Early Modern France (2009) brought together her interests in gender and book history. She has since switched gears and is now working on women and the performance of power, and specifically on early modern queens. Her study and translation of propaganda and letters related to the French queen mother and regent Catherine de Medici was published as Portraits of the Queen Mother in 2014 (co-authored with Katherine Kong). Her work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including Romanic Review, Symposium, Romance Quarterly, Romance Studies, as well as in edited collections and online forums. Her newest project focuses on the relationship between the sixteenth-century French queen mother Catherine de Medici and the Spanish queen – and Catherine’s daughter – Elisabeth de Valois, also known as Isabel de la Paz.
- Portraits of the Queen Mother: Polemics, Panegyrics, Letters (co-authored with Katherine Kong); Toronto: Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2014
"Blushing and Legibility in La Princesse de Clèves," Romance Studies (2012)
- “The Cross-Dressed Text: Teaching Men Writing as Women in Renaissance France.” In Approaches to Teaching Women of the Reformation and the Renaissance, ed. Colette Winn. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2011.
- “The Gender of the Book: Jeanne de Marnef edits Pernette Du Guillet.” In Early Modern Women and Transnational Communities of Letters, ed. Anne R. Larsen and Julie Campbell. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.
- Into Print: The Production of Female Authorship in Early Modern France (University of Delaware Press, 2009)
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