Wesleyan portrait of MICHAEL  MEERE


Assistant Professor of French

300 High Street, 303

Assistant Professor, Medieval Studies


BA Northwestern University
MA University of Virginia
PHD University of Virginia


Michael Meere is assistant professor of French and Medieval Studies at Wesleyan University. His first book (under review) studies the ethics, poetics, and performances of onstage violence in sixteenth-century French vernacular tragedy; his second book (in progress) explores the dramatization of current events in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century France. He has edited French Renaissance and Baroque Drama: Text, Performance, Theory (2015) and is coediting a special issue on “Staging Justice” with Valérie M. Dionne for Early Modern French Studies. He has published or forthcoming articles in Exemplaria, the French Review, L'Esprit Créateur, and the Romanic Review, among others, and he has contributed book chapters to collected works printed in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, and France.   

Courses taught at Wesleyan range from Elementary French to upper-level seminars on topics such as spectacles of violence, French-language theater and performance, self-representation, love and loss, and imagining the "New World." In Fall 2020 he will coordinate and teach FREN 101 (Elementary French I, section 1); in Spring 2021 he will be a fellow at Wesleyan's Center for the Humanities and teach CHUM/FREN/COL 363 ([Un]Popular Performaces/Performances [Im]Populaires). 

Michael Meere was educated in the United States and France, earning degrees from the University of Virginia (M.A. and Ph.D. in French Language and Literature), the Faculté des Lettres at Sorbonne Université (Master 2 in Littérature française et comparée), the Université Lumière Lyon 2 (Maîtrise in Lettres modernes), and Northwestern University (B.A. in French and Comparative Literary Studies, with Honors). Before joining Wesleyan, he taught at King's College London, College of the Holy Cross, Columbia University, and Princeton University. He has also given seminars at the Università degli Studi di Padova (as a "Visiting Scientist") and the Università di Bologna (as an E.C.Co faculty fellow).


Recent and Forthcoming Publications (Selection)

Coups de Maître. Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture, in Honour of John D. Lyons. Coedited with Kelly Fender McConnell. Series in Medieval and Early Modern French Studies. Peter Lang, forthcoming (expected 2021).

"Just Friends? Queering Male-Male Amity in Jean de Beaubreuil's Regulus (1582)." Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory 32.4, forthcoming in Fall 2020. 

“Filling in the Gaps: Identity, Exile, and Performance in 1962 and Babel Taxi by Mohamed Kacimi.” Coauthored with Sophie Dora Tulchin ('20). Special Issue on “North African Literatures Beyond the Francophone Maghreb.” Ed. Ziad Bentahar and Erin K. Twohig. Journal of the African Literature Association, forthcoming in Fall 2020.

“On Specters and Skulls: Rosamund and Alboin in Seventeenth-Century French Tragedy.” 129-48. The Dark Thread: From Tragical Histories to Gothic Novels. Ed. John D. Lyons. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2019.

“French Renaissance Drama.” Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation. Ed. Margaret King. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Thursdays 10-11am, Fridays 12-1pm, and by appointment.


Fall 2020
FREN 101 - 01
Elementary French I

Spring 2021
CHUM 363 - 01
(Un)Popular Performances