Cynthia Skenazi

Professor

Office Location

Phelps 5329

Specialization

Professor of French
Affiliate in Comparative Literature
Affiliate in Renaissance Studies

Bio

Educational Background

  • 1984-1989: Ph.D. in French Literature, Department of Romance Languages, University of Michigan
  • 1979-1983: Doctorat en Philosophie et Lettres, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Academic Distinctions and Awards

  • Borchard Foundation Grant (2002)
  • Regents Humanities Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara (2000)
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Award, UCSB (1999)
  • Faculty Career Development Award, UCSB (1990)
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan (1989)
  • Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Scholarship (1988)

Research Interests

  • Renaissance literature and culture
  • Belgian literature in French
  • Rhetoric
  • Aging studies

Publications

  • Marie Gevers et la nature. Académie Royale de Langue et de Littérature Françaises de Belgique. Bruxelles: Palais des Académies, 1983.
  • Marie Gevers. Correspondance 1917-1974. Bruxelles: Labor,1986 (edition of letters with an introduction).
  • Maurice Scève et la pensée chrétienne.Travaux d'Humanisme et Renaissance CCLXIV, Genève: Droz, 1992.
  • Le Poète architecte en France.  Constructions d’un imaginaire monarchique. Etudes et Essais sur la Renaissance #48. Paris: Champion, 2003.
  • Guest Editor of a double issue on "Le Voyage en Europe au XVIe siècle', The Romanic Review 94, 1-2, 2003.
  • Aging Gracefully in the Renaissance.  Stories of Later Life from Petrarch to Montaigne.  Boston and Leiden:  Brill, 2013 (Print and e-book); 2nd edition Knowledge Unlatched, via OAPEN, 2014.  Named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice Magazine.
  • Guest Editor of a special issue of French Forum on  "Altérité et différences à l'aube des temps modernes." (co-edited with Colette H. Winn).  Forthcoming.

Recent Articles Include

Les Prisons’ Poetics of Conversion”, A Companion to Marguerite de Navarre.  Ed. Gary Ferguson and Mary McKinley, Leiden:  Brill, 2013, p. 211-235.

“The Irony of the Ages of Life: Etienne Pasquier’s Les Jeus Poetiques (1610)”, Aging Studies.  Vol. 3. “The Ages of Life”:  Living and Aging in Conflict?”.  Ed.  U. Kriebernegg and R. Maierhofer.  Bielefeld:  Transcript Verlag, 2013, p. 147-57.

“Montaigne lecteur du De Senectute de Cicéron”, Montaigne Studies XXVII, 1-2 (2015).  Special issue on “Montaigne and the Art Of Writing,” ed. Jean Balsamo, p. 141-152.

Collaboration to Dictionnaire de Pierre de Ronsard.  Ed. François Rouget.  Paris :  Champion, 2015 (entries “architecture”, “monument”, “Scève”, “sculpture”), pp. 41-42, 447-48, 591-93.

“On Aging,” The Oxford Handbook of MontaigneOxford Handbooks Online.  Ed. Philippe Desan.  Oxford:  Oxford University Press, December 2015, p. 1-11.

“On Aging,” The Oxford Handbook of Montaigne.  Ed. Philippe Desan.  Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2016, p. 750-764.  

"Une Rhétorique de l’honneur.  Les poèmes de François Ier captif."  François Ier et la vie littéraire de son temps (1515-1547), ed. François Rouget.  Paris:  Classiques Garnier, 2017, p. 249-264.  Print and e-book.

“L’Art de bien vieillir.” Histoire comparée des littératures de langues européennes. L’Epoque de la Renaissance. Vol.  II.  La Nouvelle culture (1480-1520).  Ed. Eva Kushner.  Comparative Literature History Series.  Amsterdam:  Benjamins, 2017, p. 350-358.

“A Palimpsest of the Heptameron.  Eugène Scribe’s Les Contes de la Reine de Navarre ou la Revanche de Pavie.” Itineraries in French Renaissance Literature.  Essays for Mary B. McKinley, ed. J. Persels, G. Hoffmann, K. Tarte.  Leiden and Boston :  Brill, 2018, p. 41-51.  Print and e-book.

 

curriculum vitae:  https://ucsb.academia.edu/CynthiaSkenazi/CurriculumVitae

 

Recent Courses

CL180/English 144  The European Renaissance

FR 154A/CL 107  Voyages to the Unknown

FR 147B  French and Francophone Theater

FR 101A  Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis

FR. 147E  Belgian Literature and Art

FR 147C  French and Francophone Fiction

FR 147A  French and Francophone Poetry

FR 154B  Creativity in Renaissance Literature

FR 227F  Religion and Skepticism in Renaissance Europe

CL 265  Renaissance Studies. The Rise of Individualism

 

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