Scott Francis


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Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Undergraduate Chair, FIGS



Scott Francis is Associate Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages. His research and teaching interests include Reformation theology, gender and the Querelle des Femmes, alterity, rhetoric, and print culture. His first book, Advertising the Self in Renaissance France: Lemaire, Marot, and Rabelais, describes how printed editions of Lemaire de Belges, Marot, and Rabelais anticipate modern advertising techniques in their use of rhetoric and self-fashioning to represent the author and reader. His current research projects include a book project, tentatively titled The Ethics of Indifference, on adiaphora and scandal in the works of Marguerite de Navarre and the Circle of Meaux, and The Digital Heptaméron/L'Heptaméron Numérique, a comprehensive digital transcription of all surviving sixteenth-century manuscripts and printed editions of the Heptaméron.

Recent publications

Advertising the Self in Renaissance France: Lemaire, Marot, and Rabelais. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, The Early Modern Exchange series (distributed by the University of Virginia Press), April 2019.

“Anticipating Misogyny: Praesumptio in the Querelle des Amies and the Heptaméron,” French Studies 73.1 (Jan. 2019): 1–17.

“From ‘bien veu’ to ‘bien leu’: Captatio benevolentiae and public space in Jodelle’s Recueil des inscriptions,” forthcoming in Early Modern Visions of Space: France and Beyond.