Professor, French; French Graduate Advisor
Research and Teaching Interests
After receiving her doctorate from Columbia University, Professor Glidden began publishing on the history of the book and its impact on humanism, in particular, on philosophical skepticism from Rabelais to Montaigne. Her recent projects explore critical theory applied to the hybridization of texts that explore language as a specific case of Otherness in a cultural context. Geographically, the boundaries of European nations took several centuries to be mapped onto territories in the throes of state formation. Dr. Glidden is currently finishing a book, Wealth of Nations: History, Texts, and Cultural Property in the Making of Modern France, which examines the notion of patrimony in the transmission of ideas and cultural objects. Her teaching has included seminars on Montaigne, on the grotesque body, and Renaissance lyric poetry, as well as interdisciplinary courses such as French Feminisms, Le Beau [On the Beautiful], and contemporary French historiography. Formerly on the faculty of Wesleyan University and Tulane University, she has also held visiting appointments at Emory University and the University of Virginia before joining the Syracuse faculty in 2010. Her research has been supported by grants from the NEH and the ACLS, in addition to grants from the Mellon and Ford Foundations for course development.
FRE 306 Introduction to French Literature II (19th, 20th, and post-modern writing)
FRE 400 / 600 Le Narratif Bref [The Short Story]
FRE 400 / 600 Montaigne and Other Worlds of Renaissance Writing
- B.A., Lawrence University, 1967
- M.A., Columbia University, 1969
- Ph.D., Columbia University, 1976
- Wesleyan University, Assistant Professor (1973-1981)
- Tulane University, Associate Professor (1981-2010)
- Emory University, Visiting Professor, (Spring 1995)
- University of Virginia, Visiting Professor, (Spring 1996)
- Visiting Professor of French Renaissance Literature, Université du Maine (Le Mans, France) March 15-26, 2011.
- Syracuse University, Department of Languages, Literatures, and LInguistics, Professor, (2010-present)
Books Journal Articles
"Recouping the Text: The Theory and Practice of Reading." L'Esprit Créateur 21:2 (1981), 25-36" repr. Dikka Berven, ed., Montaigne: A Collection of Essays. A Five-Volume Anthology of Scholarly Articles. (New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995), Vol. 5, Reading Montaigne, 145-156.
"La Poésie du Chiffre: Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie and the Annales School of Historiography, Stanford French Review 5:3 (1981), 277-294.
"Babil/Babel: Language Games in the Bigarrures of Estienne Tabourot des Accords." Studies in Philology 79:3 (1982), 242-255.
"Latin, Français, graphisme dans les jeux linguistiques de Tabourot des Accords." Actes du Colloque de Sommières. In Réforme, Humanisme, Renaissance 15:2 (1982) 56-62.
"From History to Chronicle: Rabelais Rewriting Herodotus," Illinois Classical Studies, 9:2 (1984), 197-214.
"A Folktale Decoded: Love, Death, and Money in the Pays d'Oc." History and Theory 23:2 (1984), 267-272.
"Mallarmé's L'Après-midi d'un faune: a translation" (with Elisabeth Young-Bruehl), Dalhousie Review 64:1 (1984) 46-49.
"Polygraphia and the Renaissance Sign: The Case of Trithemius," Neophilologus 71 (1987), 183-195.
"Gaulard Epistémologue," in Tabourot, Seigneur des Accords. Un Bourguignon poète de la fin de la Renaissance (Paris: Klincksieck, 1990), 109-119.
"Rabelais, Panurge, and the Anti-Courtly Body," Etudes Rabelaisiennes 25 (1991), 35-60.
"Regeneration and Writing in the Romance of the Rose and Gargantua and Pantagruel," in Contending Kingdoms: Historical, Psychological and Feminist Approaches to the Literature of Sixteenth-Cetury France and England, eds. M. - R. Logan and P. Rudnytsky (Detroit: Wayne State U.P. 1990), 69-89.
"Childhood and the Vernacular in Rabelais's Gargantua." in Renaissance Essays in Honor of Donald Stone, ed. Barbara C. Bowen and Jerry C. Nash (Lexington: French Forum Publishers, 1991), 183-194.
"The Face in the Text: Montaigne's Emblematic Self-Portrait (Essais, 111:12)," Renaissance Quarterly 46:1 (Spring, 1993), 71-97.
"Gender, Essence, and the Feminine (Heptaméron: 43)," in Critical Tales: New Studies of the Heptaméron and Early Modern Writing, eds. Lyons and McKinley (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993), 25-40.
"Maux tant extremes': Homophonic Strategies in Scève's Délie," in A Scève Celebration: Délie 1544-1994, ed. Jerry C. Nash (Stanford: Anma Libri (Stanford French and Italian Studies), 1994), 101-113.
"Marot's Roman de la Rose and Evangelical Poetics," in Translation and the Transmission of Culture Between 1300 and 1600, ed. Jeanette Beer and Kenneth Lloyd-Jones (Kalamazoo Studies in Medieval Culture, XXXV), Western Michigan University, 1995, 143-174.
"Self-Portraiture, Marie de Gournay, and the Color of Rhetoric." Montaigne Studies 8 (Fall, 1996). 159-172.
"Hugues Salel, Dame Poésie, et la traduction d'Homère." In La Génération Marot, Poètes Français et néo-latins (1515-1550) Actes du Colloque International de Baltimore 5-7 décembre 1996, réunis et présentés par Gérard Defaux (Paris: Champion, 1997), 501-511.
"Digression, diversion, et allusion dans l'oeuvre de Rabelais," Revue des Amis de Ronsard 12 (1999), 83-96.
"L'Epopée décalée de Rabelais," in Le Plaisir de l'épopée, ed. Gisèle Mathieu-Castellani (Saint-Denis: Presse de l'Université de Vincennes, 2000), 311-328.
"Nostos épique dans le Cinquième Livre de Rabelais," A French Forum: Mélanges de littérature Française offerts à Raymond C. et Virginia La Charité (Paris: Klincksieck, 2000), 93-106.
"Ces paillards Turcqs: Rabelais devant le Levant," in L'Europa e il Levante nel Cinquecento. Cose turchesche," ed. Luigia Zilli (Padua: Unipress, 2001), 15-24.
"Epigramme et joutes d'esprit: Les Touches d'Estienne Tabourot," Réforme, Humanisme et Renaissance 51-52 (décembre 2000-juin 2001), 153-163.
"Lieux de mémoire et passion de l'ami chez Rabelais," in La poétique des passions å la Renaissance. Mélange offerts à Françoise Charpentier, ed. François Lecercle and Simone Périer (Paris: Editions Champion, 2001), 141-153.
"L'Ile d'Odes, ou comment les chemins cheminent dans le Cinquième Livre de Rabelais" in Le Cinquième Livre. Actes du Colloque International de Rome (16-19 octobre 1998), Textes réunis par Franco Giocone, Etudes Rabelaisiennes, tome XL (Geneva Droz 2001), 367-381.
"La Nouvelle-Orléans: Un patrimoine engloui," Momus. Monuments, Musées, Sites Historiques 18 (novembre 2005), 21.
"Beyond Gist: Reading the Heptaméron as a Foreign Language Text, in Approaches to Teaching Marguerite de Navarre's Heptaméron, ed., Colette Winn, The Modern Language Association of America (New York, 2007), 163-169.
"Logique de l'absurde et vie quotidienne selon Tabourot, in Rire à la Renaissance, ed. Marie Madeleine Fontaine, Geneva: Droz [Travaux d'Humanisme et Renaissance], 2010, pp. 75-83.
Professional Writing (non-refereed)
"Does Confidentiality Serve the Educational Mission? Accademe. Journal of the AAUP 83:3 (May-June 1997): 32-34
Book Reviews Papers and Lectures
"Print Culture in the French Renaissance: Reflections on Montaigne's 'suffisant lecteur," American Association of Teachers of French Martinique, June, 1979.
"Montaigne and the New Nobility," Conference on Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies. Augustinian Historical Institute, September 1979.
"Oral Tradition and the Beginning of Print Culture," Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association, San Francisco, December 1979.
"Taboo and the Language of Self-Discovery in Montaigne's Essays," Five College International Colloquium, Montaigne 1580-1980, Amherst College, March 1980.
"Montaigne's Essays, and Critical Approaches to Reading," Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April, 1980.
"Beyond Eloquentia: Montaigne's Way with Words." Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, September 1980.
"La Plume au Vent: Montaigne's Address to his Reader," Colloquium Montaigne 1980, University of Western Ontario, November 1980.
Respondent, Conference on "Methodology of Annales History and Medieval Studies, Brown University, April 1981.
"Biography and Annales Historiography," Andrew E. Mellon Colloquium, Tulane University, September 1981.
"Latin, français, graphisme dans les jeux linguistiques de Tabourot des Accords," International Colloquium on the Rapport entre les langues du XVIe siècle, Sommières, France, September, 1981.
"Gargantua: An Ethnographic Approach," Northeast Modern Language Association, New York, April 1982.
"Rabelais and Herodotus: Tellers of Tales." South Central Modern Language Association, San Antonio, October, 1982.
"Braudel's Civilization and Capitalism: Event History Reconsidered," Invited lecture, Rice University, December 1984.
"Rabelais, Panurge, and the Walls of Paris," Kentucky Foreign Language conference, Lexington, KY., April 25-27, 1985.
"Ronsard's Images between Metaphor and Description," New England Renaissance Conference, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, November, 1985.
"Montaigne on Authority and Faces," Annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Chicago, December, 1985.
"The Poetics of Appropriation: Rabelais and Jean de Meun," Invited lecture, University of Pittsburgh, February, 1987.
"Did Panurge Know Lady Reason?" Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Tempe, Arizona, March, 1987.
"Rhétorique et témoignage dans les Apophtegmes du Sieur Gaulard de Tabourot des Accords." Colloque Estienne Tabourot, Dijon, France, May 1988.
"Rabelais and the Poetics of Ruins," Invited paper, 1988 Dartmouth Medieval and Early Modern Colloquium, Hanover, New Hampshire, October, 1988.
"Rabelais's Comic Encyclopedism," Invited lecture, University of Pennsylvania Renaissance Colloquium (May, 1989)
"The Circle and the Abyss: Rabelais, Jean de Meun, and the Encyclopedic Mode," Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta (November, 1989).
"Pantagruel, Genealogy, and the Grotesque," Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, St. Louis (October 25-27, 1990).
"Rabelais, Solecism, and Cultural Memory," Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Ky (April 1991).
"Family Secrets: Humanism's Dark Genealogies," Special Session, Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association, San Francisco (December 1991).
"Erasmus and the Pedagogy of Desire," Barnard Medieval and Renaissance Conference, New York (December 1992).
"Pantagruel Parthenos: Purity as Fetish in Rabelais," Division of Baroque and Comparative Literature, Modern Language Association, New York (December, 1992).
"Pantagruel, Genealogy, and the Mother Tongue," Invited lecture, University of Virginia (March, 1994).
"Alcofrybas and the Calomniateurs," Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (April 1994).
"French Farce in Action," Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, New York (April, 1995).
"Private Narratives and Public Texts: The Two Voices of Humanist Pedagogy," Invited panel, Division of Sixteenth-Century Literature, MLA (Chicago, 1995).
"Marot, Salel, et le dépassement du dizain," Colloquium on Clement Marot and his Generation. The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, 3-5 December, 1996).
"Infinite Digress, or the Comedy of Displacement in Rabelais," Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Vancouver, British Columbia (April 1997).
"Beaux Gestes: Marguerite de Navarre and the Sense of an Ending." Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, U. of Maryland (March, 1998).
"Aneau et l'écriture de l'hybride," Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, U. of Kentucky (April, 1998).
"Theory, Praxis, and the Parity Debate in France," Invited lecture delivered at Wesleyan University and Smith College, November 13 and 14, 1997.
"L'île d'Odes dans le Cinquième Livre," International Symposium Rabelais et son Cinquième Livre, Université de Rome-La Sapienza (October 1998).
"Epopée et bibliomanie: Le cas de Rabelais. Colloque le Plaisir de l'épopée, U. de Paris-7 [Jussieu], June 1999.
"Anne de Marquets, Poissy, et la poésie å l'écoute de l'histoire, Colloque Femmes Ecrivains sous l'Ancien Régime," U. of Virginia, Charlottesville (September, 1999).
"(Esc)rime et joutes d'esprit dans les Touches, Colloque Estienne de Tabourot, U. de Lyon-2 (November, 1999).
"La Voix du corps: Jean Second, Louise Labé, et le Commentarium sur le Banquet de Platon de Marsile Ficin, Renaissance Society of America, Florence, Italy (March, 2000).
"Nostos épique dans le Cinquième Livre de Rabelais," Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington (April, 2000).
"Ficino, Socrates, Jean de la Haye and the Commentary on Plato's Symposium," Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Denver (25-27 October 2001).
"Hydraule de mes yeux': Tears as Tropes in Renaissance Literature," panel on Calamity and Catastrophe in Renaissance France, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, San Antonio, October 2002.
"Logique de l'absurde et vie quotidienne selon Tabourot, Colloquium Rire à la Renaissanxcc, U. of Lille-3, France, November, 2003.
"Renovatio Then and Now, Invited panel on the future of French Studies in America, Modern Language Association National Convention, December, 2004.
"Le Patrimoine fragmenté: discours et métamorphoses," Département des Sciences Historiques, Artistiques et Politiques, U. de Lille-3, France, December 2004.
"Managing Culture: France and its Patrimoine," Invited lecture at U. of Pennsylvania, Department of Romance Languages, Oct. 3, 2005.
"The notion of 'site' in a France-US comparative context, "Colloque Agir pour la defense du patrimoine: La Presse et les Associations, Château de Maisons [France], October 7, 2005.
"La Nouvelle Orléans: Un patrimoine englouti," U. of Paris-7, Jussieu, Nov. 17, 2005.
"Les Dévoiements de l'imitation,"Colloque International sur l'hybridité des récits rabelaisiens," Montreal, Canada, McGill University, August 27-31, 2006.
"Coming of Age in the Carnivalesque 60s: Rabelais, Bakhtin, and Me,¿ Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Ky, April, 2007.
"Montaigne, Rome, and the Patrimony of Letters," Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October, 2007
"The East-West Axis of Parisian Historical Monuments," Invited Talk, Department of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University, November 5, 2009.
"Beyond Regions: Space, Time, and Fiction in Renaissance Literature," Department of Comparative Literature, Cornell University, November 23, 2009.
"Figures of Translatio: Genius, Nation, Passage in Renaissance Writing," Colloquium on Translation "Romancing the Text," Barnard College, December 3, 2009.
"Books, Readers, and Texts in Renaissance France," Invited lecture in the Department of LLL, Syracuse University, March 9, 2010.
"La Charte de Venise, le Patrimoine, et la Restauration de Venise selon Camillo Boïto," Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, April 9, 2010, Venice, Italy.
"The Speaking Book of the French Renaissance," Annual Conference of the Sixteenth Century Society. Session Title: The Use and Abuse of History in French Renaissance Literature, October 15, 2010, Montreal, Canada.