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Renée-Claude Breitenstein holds a Ph.D in early modern French literature. She teaches Medieval and 16th century literature in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Her research interests include rhetoric, argumentation theory, book history, and reception and gender studies. She currently focuses on collections in praise of women as part of a SSHRC funded project on the influence of print culture on texts dedicated to, about, or written by women in the French Renaissance. She recently published several articles on related topics (see link below), and edited a special issue of Études françaises (47: 3, 2011) entitled "Publics et publications dans les éloges collectifs de femmes à la fin du Moyen Age et sous l'Ancien Régime".
French literature of the Renaissance;
Rhetoric (praise and blame in particular) and argumentation;
Construction of publics;
Book history, print culture, iconography;
Representation of women