Edwin Duval

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Henri Peyre Professor of French
82-90 Wall St, Rm 316


Ph.D., Yale University, 1973
M.Phil., Yale University, 1971
B.A., Stanford University, 1968

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Edwin Duval has taught at Yale since 1987.  His research is devoted to lyric poetry and narrative prose of the long French Renaissance (late fifteenth to the early seventeenth century), focusing primarily on intertextual echoes of Greek, Latin, and Biblical literature in Renaissance poetry and prose, and on literary form as a vector of meaning.   His scholarship includes three books on “design” in Rabelais and many articles on sixteenth-century authors from Marot and Marguerite de Navarre to Montaigne and d’Aubigné.  He is currently writing a book about poetic and musical form and the evolution of lyric genres in the Renaissance, tentatively titled Les métamorphoses de Polymnie: Poésie, musique et la Renaissance des genres lyriques en France (1340-1600).  His future research projects include a book on the Aeneid as a model, a reference, and an intertext in Renaissance literature. 

Selected Books and Recent Articles:

The Design of Rabelais’s Quart Livre de Pantagruel (Geneva: Droz, 1998).

The Design of Rabelais’s Tiers Livre de Pantagruel (Geneva: Droz, 1997).

The Design of Rabelais’s Pantagruel (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991).

“Erasmus and the ‘First Renaissance’ in France,” in The Princeton History of Modern French Literature, ed. Christopher Prendergast (Princeton: Princeton University Press, forthcoming).

“Rival Laureates and Multiple Monuments: Collaborative Self-Crowning in France,” in Laureations: Essays in Honor of Richard Helgerson, ed. Roze Hentschell and Kathryn Lavezzo (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2012), 187-208.

“Putting Religion in its Place,” in The Cambridge Companion to Rabelais, ed. John O’Brian.  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011),  93-106.

“Intertextuality: The Bible,” in Approaches to Teaching the Works of François Rabelais, ed. Todd W. Reeser and Floyd Gray ( New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2011), 54-61.

“Rabelais and French Renaissance Satire,” in A Companion to Satire from the Biblical World to the Present, ed. Ruben Quintero (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), 70- 85.

“Wresting Petrarch’s Laurels: Scève, Du Bellay, and the Invention of the Canzoniere,” in Renaissance Transactions and Exchanges, ed. William J. Kennedy.  Annals of Scholarship, 16:1-3 (2005), 53-73.

“L’Adolescence Clémentine et l’Œuvre de Clément Marot,” in Le simple, le multiple: la disposition du recueil à la Renaissance, ed. Jean-Philippe Beaulieu.  Études françaises, 38:3 (2002), 11-24.

 “‘Quasi comme une nouvelle poësie’: Poetic Genres and Lyric Forms, 1549-1552,” in Poetry and Music in the French Renaissance, ed. Jeanice Brooks, Philip Ford, Gillian Jondorf.   Proceedings of the Sixth Cambridge French Renaissance Colloquium, 5-7 July 1999.  (Cambridge, England: Cambridge Colloquia, 2001),  53-77.

Undergraduate Courses:

The French Renaissance;  Lyric Poetry of the Renaissance;  Religion and Literature in the Renaissance;  Love in the Renaissance;  Introduction to French Poetry;  Poetry and Music in France;  Heroes and Quests.

Graduate Courses:

Rabelais;  Montaigne et d’Aubigné;  Poésie Lyrique à la Renaissance;  L’École de Lyon et la Pléiade;  Les Années 30 du XVIe Siècle;  Voix de Femme / Voix d’Homme.