Edwin Duval

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Emeritus 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 is a scholar of the long French Renaissance extending from the late fifteenth to the early seventeenth century.  His research focuses on two distinctive ways Renaissance poetry and prose generates meaning and guides interpretation: intertextually, through classical and biblical allusions and echoes, and contextually, through literary form.  His publications include three books on the “design” of Rabelais’s books of Pantagruel and many articles on sixteenth-century authors ranging from Marot and Marguerite de Navarre to Montaigne and Agrippa d’Aubigné.  He is currently finishing a book on musical form, logical articulation, and the evolution of poetic genres in Renaissance lyric poetry, tentatively titled Concordes et discordes des deux Muses : Poésie, musique et la Renaissance des genres lyriques en France (1350–1650).  Future research projects include a book on the importance of Vergil’s Aeneid as a model, a reference, and an intertext in sixteenth-century French poetry, prose, and theater.

            Selected Books and Recent Articles:

Concordes et discordes des Muses : Poésie, musique et renaissance des genres lyriques en France (1350–1650). Travaux d’Humanisme et Renaissance, 642. Geneva: Droz, 2023.

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).

“Exégèses de Virgile, Interprétations de Rabelais: Servius et le Tiers Livre.”  Forthcoming in the Acta of the Colloquium Inextinguible Rabelais.

“Maurice Scève and the Feminized Voice of Courtly Lyric.”  Forthcoming in Itineraries in French Renaissance Literature.  Eds. Jeff Persels, Kendall Tarte, George Hoffmann.  Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017.  Pages 133–58.

“Erasmus and the ‘First Renaissance’ in France.”  In The Princeton History of Modern French Literature: From the Sixteenth Century to the Twentieth Century.  Ed. Christopher Prendergast.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017.  Pages 47–70.

“En quoi les œuvres de Rabelais sont-elles hybrides?”  In  Rabelais et l’hybridité des récits rabelaisiens.  Eds. Diane Desrosiers, Claude La Charité, Christian Veilleux, Tristan Vigliano.  Études Rabelaisiennes, 56.  Geneva: Droz, 2017.  Pages 25–43.

“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, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2012.  Pages 187–208.

“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.  Pages 54–61.

“Putting Religion in its Place.”  In The Cambridge Companion to Rabelais.  Ed.  John O’Brian.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.  Pages 93–106.

“Rabelais and French Renaissance Satire.”  In A Companion to Satire from the Biblical World to the Present.  Ed. Ruben Quintero.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.  Pages 70– 85.

            Undergraduate Courses:

The French Renaissance;  Lyric Poetry of the Renaissance;  Renaissance Crises in Faith;  The First Five Hundred Years of 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.