Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Dr. David M. Posner

Associate Professor, French Language and Literature
Executive Director, Midwest Modern Language Association,
and Editor, Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association

Email: dposner@luc.edu

Research Interests

  • European literatures (French, Italian, German, English) of the Renaissance and 17th century, in particular prose narrative, epic, theater, and the essay
  • The reception of Classical antiquity in the Renaissance
  • Modern and contemporary Francophone literatures, especially those of sub-Saharan Africa
  • Philosophy and literature
  • Literature and opera

Selected Publications

  • “What do Philosophers Want? Love and Loss in the Essais of Montaigne”, in Teoria 29:2 (2009): 95-107.
  • De Re Ædificatoria: Panurge and the Walls of Paris”, forthcoming in Modern Philology.
  • “Mortality, Melancholy, and the Limits of Knowledge in the Quart Livre”, in Esprit généreux, esprit pantagruélicque (Genève: Droz, 2008): 197-208.
  • “Rhetoric, Redemption, and Fraud: What We Do When We End Books”, in the MLA’s Profession 2005: 179-82.
  • “Religious Economies in The Merchant of Venice”, in Annals of Scholarship 16:1-3 (2004): 139-53.
  • “French Literature”, “Montaigne”, “Rabelais”, and “Racine”, articles for Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003).
  • The Performance of Nobility in Early Modern European Literature.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1999.


  • Ph. D., Comparative Literature, Princeton (1992).
  • AB, Comparative Literature, Stanford (1984).

Courses Regularly Taught

  • French 309, Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean
  • French 316, Survey of XVIc. Literature
  • French 317, Survey of XVIIc. Literature
  • French 318, Survey of XVIIIc. Literature
  • Honors 101/02, Developments in the History of Western Thought
  • Honors 216, Encountering Europe
  • LITR 280, Voyages to the Underworld
  • LITR 280, Theater
  • LITR 280, Renaissance Road Trips
  • LITR/INTS/BWS 283, Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean
  • LITR 284, African Film
  • LITR 285, Literature and Opera
  • LITR 290, The Renaissance
  • FREN/ITAL/GERM/SPAN 308, Literary Theory Ancient and Modern

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Modern Language Association
  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
  • American Association for Italian Studies
  • Société des Amis de Montaigne
  • African Literature Association