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Leushuis, Reinier

Associate Professor French and Italian Office: Diffenbaugh Bldg. Room 303
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies Phone 850-644-8179
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Dr. Reinier Leushuis (M.A. in French, M.A. in Italian, Utrecht University 1993, Ph.D. in Romance Languages – French & Italian, Princeton University 2000) specializes in early modern dialogue, the literary treatment of marriage and friendship, the literary connections between France and Italy, and the transformation of medieval genres in French Renaissance literature. He is the author of a book entitled Le Mariage et l’amitié courtoise dans le dialogue et le récit bref de la Renaissance (Florence: Olschki, 2003) in which he focuses on the humanist ideals of marriage and courtly friendship as they emerge in the dialogues and short narrative texts of sixteenth-century writers such as Erasmus, Castiglione, Rabelais, and Marguerite de Navarre. In addition, he has published on the works of Petrarch, Jean de Meun, Erasmus, Castiglione, Bandello, Marguerite de Navarre, Du Bellay, Speroni, Rabelais, Labé, and Montaigne. His articles have appeared in journals such as French Forum, Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance, Renaissance Quarterly, Romanic Review, Neophilologus, and Montaigne Studies (click here for selected publications). He is currently completing a book on the Italian dialogo amoroso and its influence on French dialogue writing in the period 1550-1580 (including authors such as Speroni, Tasso, Ebreo, Guazzo, Pontus de Tyard, Louise Labé, Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne), and pursuing a project on the role of the dialogue form in sixteenth-century spiritual thought and writing.

In 2008 Dr. Leushuis co-edited with Professor Zalloua (Whitman College) a Festschrift containing the proceedings of a conference he organized in honor of Professor François Rigolot, Meredith Howland Pyne Professor of French Literature at Princeton University. This volume, entitled “Esprit généreux, esprit pantagruélicque”: Essays By His Students in Honor of François Rigolot (Geneva: Droz, 2008) contains fifteen essays written by fellow scholars on a variety of topics in French Renaissance studies.

Dr. Reinier Leushuis is also interested in twentieth-century issues of cultural memory. He translated and published with Prof. Lionel Gossman at Princeton University a study by Willem Otterspeer on the Dutch medievalist Johan Huizinga (Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies) and co-organized (with Dr. Lori Walters, Dr. Alec Hargreaves, and Dr. Aimée Boutin) the conference "Cultural Memory in France: Margins and Centers", held at the Winthrop-King Institute of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at FSU. He subsequently co-edited the proceedings of this conference as a guest-editor for the Journal of European Studies (volume 35, Nos. 1 and 2).

Dr. Leushuis received the First Year Assistant Professor Grant in 2001, a COFRS grant for Faculty Research in 2004, a CRC Small Grant for library research in 2008, and another COFRS grant for summer research in 2009.

Dr. Reinier Leushuis speaks about his students:

Several of my MA students continued their studies and careers at the PhD level. Irène Iakounina (French) was accepted in the PhD program at Yale University, where she continued exploring the French Renaissance with Professor Edwin Duval, while Melissa Motley (French) is pursuing a PhD in French at the University of Pennsylvania after completing an excellent MA thesis on Marguerite de Navarre in 2007. In Italian, Marco Cerocchi (Italian) was accepted in the PhD program at Rutgers University, where he successfully defended his dissertation in 2005. He is currently an Assistant Professor at La Salle University (Pennsylvania). At the Undergraduate level, I much enjoyed working with a variety of students on their Honors Thesis projects, such as Padrah Reichman on the Franco-Russian choreographer Marius Petipa, Michael Wang on his film “The Carrot Cake Conversations”, Caleb Selman on Francophone African economies and the IMF, and Daniel DelValle on his collection of short stories.


Courses taught at FSU:



  • Love and Friendship in the Literature of the French Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • Il Rinascimento italiano: letteratura umanistica e cortese
  • French Cinema
  • Literature and Sexuality
  • French Intermediate Conversation
  • Italian Conversation
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