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Helen Solterer, Associate Professor, Romance Studies; French

Helen Solterer
Contact Info:
Office Location:  217B Language Center
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2023):

  • FRENCH 530S.01, PREMODERN TIMES Synopsis
    Languages 305, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
    (also cross-listed as ARTHIST 532S.01, HISTORY 508S.01, LIT 541S.01, MEDREN 642S.01, ROMST 531S.01)

Ph.D.University of Toronto (Canada)1986
Boursière, Ambassade de France,Université de Paris VII1983
Masters of ArtUniversity of Toronto1981
Bachelor of ArtsGeorgetown University1978
Year of StudyUniversity College of Dublin1978

Early Modern
European Studies
Performance Studies
Gender Studies, Feminism, Women Studies, Queer Studies
Research Interests:

Pre-modern French Literature and Culture


Europe • France • Literature • Medieval • Pre-Modern

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Julie Singer  
  • Brooke Heidenreich Findley  
  • Daniel De Cillis  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Solterer, H, Un Moyen Âge républicain : paradoxes du théâtre en temps de guerre (2014), Presses universitaires Paris-Sorbonne, (translated by Chénetier Alev, M.) [un-moyen-age-republicain]
  2. Solterer, H, Medieval Roles in Modern Times: Theater and the Battle for the French Republic (February, 2010), pp. 271 pages, 40 figures pages, The Pennsylvania State University Press
  3. Solterer, H, "Aimer un pays tout autre: Christine de Pizan, Alain Chartier, & Compagnie”, in Sens, Rhétorique, et Musique : Études réunies en hommage à Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, edited by Lefèvre, S; Lucken, C; Doudet, E (2015), pp. 769-782, Champion
  4. Solterer, H, Parcours d’un militant de théâtre: Moussa Abadi, in Le texte critique : expérimenter le théâtre et le cinéma aux XXe et XXIe siècles, edited by Alev, VVEMC (2013), pp. 207-220., Presses Universitaires François Rabelais
  5. Solterer, H; Dominguez, V, Réactivations scéniques, in Le Théâtre du XIIe au XIIe siècles, edited by Halévy, O; Parussa, G; Smith, D (2014), L’Avant-Scène
  6. Solterer, H, “Strange or Elegant or Foul Matter,”, Exemplaria, 25 (2013) (2013), pp. 79-92 (A Book-review essay.) [1041257312Z.00000000026]
  7. Solterer, H, Timely Fictions (2017)
  8. H. Solterer, "Love to Hate: A Premodern Legacy?" (2013)
  9. Solterer, H, Teaching Free Speech in Times of War, edited by I com, (September, 2007)
  10. Solterer, H, The master and Minerva: Disputing women in French medieval culture (September, 2023), pp. 1-301, University of California Press, ISBN 9780520088351 (co-awarded The Modern Language Association Scaglione Prize, 1995.)  [abs]

Helen Solterer received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 1986. Her research and teaching focus on medieval and early modern vernacular culture. She has published The Master and Minerva: Disputing Women in French Medieval Culture (California, 1995), which won the MLA Scaglione Prize. She continues to write on questions of verbal violence in "Flaming Words," Romanic Review (1995) and "States of Siege," New Medieval Literatures (1998). Her current book project, Playing the Dead, explores the question of revivalism. It has led to the essays "The Waking of Medieval Theatricality, 1935-1995," New Literary History (1996), "European Medieval Studies Under Fire, 1919-45," a special issue of The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (1997) that she edited and "Performer le passé" in Paul Zumthor ou l’invention permanente. Critique, histoire, poésie (1998).