Reinier Leushuis

Reinier Leushuis

Contact Information

Professor, Department Chair
Office Location
Diffenbaugh 362D
Office Hours

MWF 1:00-2:00

Department Chair

Reinier Leushuis (MA in French, MA in Italian, Utrecht University 1993; PhD in Romance Languages - French & Italian, Princeton University 2000) specializes in French and Italian Renaissance literature, with a particular focus on early modern dialogue, the literary treatment of love and marriage, Franco-Italian literary connections, gender studies, literature and spirituality, and the works of the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus. He is also the Book Review editor of the journal Erasmus Studies (Brill).

Research Interests

Early modern dialogue
Literature on marriage and friendship in the Renaissance
Franco-Italian literary connections in the sixteenth century
The works of Erasmus
Literature and spirituality
Gender studies

Courses Taught

Gender and Genre in French Renaissance Literature (FRW 4400 / FRW 5586)
Montaigne, Pascal, Descartes: Self, Reason, and the Passions in French Culture and Literature of the Late Renaissance and Early Classicism (FRW 4400 / FRW 5586)
French Seventeenth-Century Literature: Le Grand Siècle (FRW 4433 / FRW 5587)
Italian Renaissance Literature : Letteratura umanistica e cortese (ITW 4400 / ITW5415)
French Cinema (FRT 3520)
Literature and Sexuality (FOW 3240 / FRE 4930 / FOL 5934)
History, Fiction, and Memory in Post-war European Cinema (FRE 4930 / FOL 5934)
Intermediate-level grammar, composition, and conversation courses (French, Italian)

Selected Publications

  • “The Space of the Neoplatonic Love Dialogue: Italian Variations in the French Renaissance”, forthcoming (2018) inVisions of Space: France and Beyond, eds. Dorothea Heitsch and Jeremie Korta.
  • “Emotion and Imitation: The Jesus Figure in Erasmus’s Gospel Paraphrases”, Reformation 22.2 (2017): 82-101.
  • Speaking of Love: the Love Dialogue in Italian and French Renaissance Literature (Leiden: Brill, “Medieval and Renaissance Authors and Texts”, 18), 2017.
  • “The Mimetic Paraphrase: Faith, Speech, and Imitatio in Erasmus’ Paraphrase on John”, Church History and Religious Culture 96 (2016): 541–564 (Special Issue Erasmus and the “Novum Instrumentum”, ed. R.W. Holder).
  • “Speaking with the Dead: Spirituality, Mourning, and Memory in the Dialogue en forme de vision nocturne and La Navire”, in A Companion to Marguerite de Navarre, editors Gary Ferguson and Mary McKinley (Leiden: Brill [Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition, 42], 2013), 161-210.
  • “Col publicamento del matrimonio sgannar ciascuno: Marriage and Betrothal in Bandello’s Novelle”, in Marriage in Premodern Europe: Italy and Beyond, editor Jacqueline Murray (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies [Essays and Studies, 27], 2012), 307-331.