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Professor Michel Jeanneret

Professeur Honoraire, University of Geneva

French literature of the XVIth & XVIIth centuries; intellectual & cultural history of the Early modern period.

Now Professor Emeritus, Michel Jeanneret was for many years Professor of French Literature at the University of Geneva, head of the French Department and Vice-dean of the Faculty of Letters. At the beginning of his career, he was a Research Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, in Cambridge. His wife, Professor Marian Hobson, CBE, FBA, lives and works there and he spends a substantial amount of his time in England.

Apart from being a Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University for five years, he has held posts as Visiting Professor in Harvard, Princeton, Seattle, Irvine, as well as the College de France, Paris-Sorbonne, and the Universities of Beijing and Kyoto. He serves as an expert for different Research agencies in France. He was awarded major prices by the Academie francaise, the Academie de Versailles and by the Accademia dei Lincei (Rome).

He is now co-chair of a big research project, seconded by a large digitisation program, on an exceptional collection of World Literature kept in Geneva, the Martin Bodmer Foundation. His personal work is still focused for the most part on Renaissance and XVIIth century literature and intellectual history.

Principal publications
Le defi des signes. Rabelais et la crise de l'interpretation a la Renaissance, Orleans, Paradigme, 1994
Eros rebelle. Litterature et dissidence a l'age classique, Paris. Ed. du Seuil, 2003
Versailles. Ordre et chaos, Paris, Gallimard, 2012
La lettre perdue. Ecriture et folie dans l'oeuvre de Nerval, Paris, Flammarion, 1978
Perpetuum mobile. Metamorphoses des corps et des oeuvres de Vinci a Montaigne, Paris, Macula, 1998
Des mets et des mots. Festins et propos de table a la Renaissance, Paris, Corti, 1987


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