Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Professor in the Divinity School and the College, and Chair of Comparative Literature
Françoise Meltzer

Special Interests

Literary theory; psychoanalysis and literature; 19th-century German and French literature; French Symbolism and philosophy.

Françoise Meltzer's specialties are nineteenth-century French and German literatures and critical theory. She has recently edited Saints: Faith Without Borders with Jas' Elsner (Chicago, 2011); and has just completed a new book, Double Vision: Baudelaire's Modernity (Chicago, 2011). She also recently wrote the introduction to a collection of Derrida's essays written for Critical Inquiry (Chicago, 2012, forthcoming). 

Selected Publications:

  • Hot Property: The Stakes and Claims of Literary Originality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
  • Salome and the Dance of Writing: Portraits of Mimesis in Literature. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.
  • Ed. The Trial(s) of Psychoanalysis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.
  • For Fear of the Fire: Joan of Arc and the Limits of Subjectivity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
  • Seeing Double: Baudelaire's Modernity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
  • Ed. Saints: Faith Without Borders (A Critical Inquiry Book). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.