Francoise Meltzer


 Francoise Meltzer

E-mailmltz@midway.uchicago.edu
Address1025 East 58th Street
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Chicago, IL 60637
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Professor of the Philosophy of Religions in the Divinity School, University of Chicago Divinity School

M.A., University of California, Berkeley,
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley,

Meltzer marshals postmodern critical theories in order to explore literary representations of the subject. Her first book, Salome and the Dance of Writing, deals with mimesis as evidenced in literary texts that describe painted portraits. In Hot Property: The Stakes and Claims of Literary Originality, she examines the ideas of originality and authorship in a series of case studies from Descartes to Walter Benjamin. In her recent book on Joan of Arc (For Fear of the Fire: Joan of Arc and the Limits of Subjectivity), she undertakes a study of that figure in relation to subjectivity as it is treated in philosophical and literary theoretical discourses. At the Divinity School, she delivered the 1996 John Nuveen Lecture, “The Hands of Simone Weil.” She recently edited (with David Tracy) a Symposium on God for the journal Critical Inquiry. She is presently coediting a special issue of Critical Inquiry on saints in the three monotheistic religions. She is also working on two books; one about 1848 in France and its literary impacts; the other about the gendering of subjectivity.



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