Corinne Noirot

The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Corinne Noirot, an associate professor of French in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, for revealing the power of language through literary analysis, within the fields of Renaissance Studies and French Literature across the centuries.

She is currently crafting a book analyzing the complete works of Jean de la Taille, a French soldier-poet and humanist aristocrat of the late 16th century, using drama as a critical tool to understand the connection between poetry and politics, ethical and political action.

In the context of the French Wars of Religion and the dual crisis of humanist thought and aristocratic identity exacerbated by this civil conflict (1562-1598), she proposes to read La Taille’s works as a case study at the turn of an era.

More broadly, this research project investigates the negotiation of historical turmoil and its impact on thought and language. It has already received recognition in the form of library fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Harvard Houghton library.

Noirot is author of the book“Entre deux airs”: Simple style et ethos poétique chez Clément Marot et Joachim Du Bellay (1515-1560), a parallel study of the transformations of rhetorical plain style in the works of two canonical poets.

Other publications spanning seven centuries of literary history include poems by Ariane Dreyfus, co-translated with Elias Simpson; articles and essays on verse by Marot, Peletier, Du Bellay, Ronsard, La Taille, Vian, and Goudezki; and on prose works by Rabelais, Montaigne, and Bégaudeau.

Noirot was born and educated in France. She has taught at Washington University, French Institute Alliance Française, Université Stendhal (Grenoble, France), Goucher College, and Virginia Tech.

She teaches all levels of language, literature, and culture in the French & Francophone Studies program of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures – including Creative Writing, French Pop Music, and a graduate seminar currently bringing together campus and distance students via WebEx: “Acting like a Decent Human according to Montaigne.”

A former fellow of the French École Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France), Noirot received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and her “Doctorat de Lettres modernes” from Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3.


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