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Michele Longino, Professor, Romance Studies; French, Director, Center for French and Francophone Studies, and Campus Director, Duke-in-France

Michele Longino
Contact Info:
Office Location:  220 Franklin Center
Office Phone:  919-668-1937
Email Address: send me a message

Office Hours:

Thursdays: 4:00pm - 5:30pm and
By appointment

Ph.D.University of Michigan, Ann Arbor1984
M.A.Claremont Graduate School1972

European Studies
Gender Studies, Feminism, Women Studies, Queer Studies
Comparative Studies: Translation, Travel Narratives, Trans-Culturality
Early Modern
French Studies
Decolonial and Post-colonial Studies
Research Interests:

17th Century French Literature, History of Theater, Feminist Criticism, Travel Writing, The Epistolary Genre, Early Modern Mediterranean Studies


Europe • France • Mediterranean • Literature • Theater • Feminism

Curriculum Vitae
Postdocs Mentored

  • Kartina "Kadji" J Amin (November, 2009)  
  • Micah True (January 15, 2009)  
  • Tabitha Spagnolo (April 21, 2006)  
  • Stephanie O'Hara (May, 2002)  
  • Jennifer Perlmutter (April, 2001)  
  • Doris Garraway (April, 2000)  
  • Robin Simpson (1997)  
  • Elise MacMahon (December, 1995)  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Longino, M, L’Apprentissage épistolaire de Madame de Sévigné, Œuvres Et Critiques, vol. XXXV no. I (2010), pp. 29-49
  2. Longino, M, Jean Thévenot: ethnographe des îles du Levant, Actes Du Cir 17 : “L’Ile Au Xviie Siècle: Réalités Et Imaginaire.” (April, 2009), pp. 59-68, Centre International de Recherches sur le 17e siècle
  3. Longino, M, Le "Mamamouchi" ou la colonisation de l’imaginaire français par le monde ottoman, in Théâtre et voyage (2011), pp. 71-83, Presses universitaires de Paris - Sorbonne
  4. Longino, M, Antoine Galland: Voyageur et passeur, in Récits d’orient dans les littératures d’Europe, edited by Picherot, ADEE (2008), pp. 341-347, Presses universitaires de Paris - Sorbonne IV
  5. Longino, M, Jean Chardin, Traveler: Freedom in the Margins, in Marginalités classiques; Mélanges en l’honneur de Madeleine Alcover, edited by Harry, P; Mothu, A; Sellier, P (2006), Paris: Honoré Champion

Michèle Longino received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1984, and taught at Rice University before coming to Duke in 1989. Her interests in the epistolary genre and in women’s writing have led to the publication of Performing Motherhood: The Sévigné Correspondence (1991). She has also published articles on the writings of other seventeenth-century authors, including Mme d'Aulnoy, Marie de Gournay, Poullain de la Barre, Mme de Lafayette, Corneille, Boileau, Molière, and Racine. Her current research interests include travel accounts, questions of genre, feminist theory, and seventeenth-century French literature in a cultural studies context. She has recently published a book on the staging of exoticism in seventeenth-century France: Orientalism and French Classical Drama (2002). Currently serving as Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies in the John Hope Franklin Center.