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Dr Marc Schachter, MA, PhD University of California
Office hours: Fridays, 10:30am-12:30pm and by appointment
The primary focus of my research and teaching is early modern French literature and culture. Secondary specializations include medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, the classical tradition, and gender and sexuality studies.
My current book project, “The Uses of Desire in Early Modern France and Italy,” explores how desire was linked to questions of utility or productivity broadly construed, with particular attention to the reception of classical antiquity. Chapters address topics such as the agendas informing Renaissance translations of Plato's Symposium, how sex between women is constructed and deployed as an object of knowledge in Lucian and Brantôme, and the politics of friendship in Varchi and Marguerite de Navarre.
A volume of essays, edited with Professor John O'Brien and forthcoming with Champion, reconsiders the early circulation of La Boétie’s Servitude volontaire in the light of recent discoveries. A second collection, to be edited with Dr. Jennifer Ingleheart, will address translations of classical texts and the history of sexuality.
I would welcome inquiries from potential postgraduate students about any of the interests discussed above or mentioned below.
- Early Modern French Literature and Culture
- History of the Book
- Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
- Sexuality and Gender Studies
- Textual Editing and Commentaries
- The Classical Tradition
- Translation Studies
- Schachter, Marc (2008). Voluntary Servitude and the Erotics of Friendship: From Classical Antiquity to Early Modern France. Ashgate.
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- Schachter, Marc (2017). Alcuni anelli mancanti del discorso lesbico: i primi commenti a stampa sopra Giovenale. In Tribadi, sodomiti, invertite e invertiti, pederasti, femminelle, ermafroditi. per una storia dell’omosessualità, della bisessualità e delle trasgressioni di genere in Italia. Grassi, Umberto, Lagioia, Vincenzo & Romagnani, Gian Paolo Edizioni ETS. 29-40.
- Schachter, Marc (2015). Lesbian Philology in Early Print Commentaries on Juvenal and Martial. In Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities. Ingleheart, Jennifer Oxford University Press. 39-55.
- Schachter, Marc (2015). Translating Friendship in the Circle of Marguerite de Navarre: Des Periers' Lysis and De Rozières' Toxaris. In Men and Women Making Friends in Early Modern France. Wilkin, Rebecca & Seifert, Lewis Farnham: Ashgate. 99-118.
- Schachter, Marc (2013). Some Notes on the Print History of Illustrated Italian Editions of Apuleius' Golden Ass. In Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors [Volume 2]. Israëls, Machtelt & Waldman, Louis A. Harvard University Press. 463-468, 713-716 [illustrations].
- Schachter, Marc (2010). 'Quanto concede la Guerra': Epic Masculinity and the Education of Desire in Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata. In The Poetics of Masculinity in Early Modern Italy and Spain. Milligan, Gerry & Tylus, Jane Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies. 215-241.
- Schachter, Marc (2010). The Friendship of the Wicked in Novella 12 of Marguerite de Navarre's Heptaméron. In Discourses and Representations of Friendship in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1700. Lochman, Daniel T., López, Maritere & Hutson, Lorna Ashgate. 165-180.
- Schachter, Marc (2009). 'Qu'est-ce que la critique': La Boétie, Montaigne, Foucault. In Montaigne After Theory/Theory After Montaigne. Zalloua, Zahi Washington: University of Washington Press. 122-141.
- O'Brien, John & Schachter, Marc (Accepted). La première circulation de la Servitude volontaire en France et au-delà Nouvelles découvertes et réévaluations. Champion.
- Schachter, Marc D. (2016). Foucault and La Boétie. Storia del pensiero politico 5(2): 241-259.
- Schachter, Marc D. (2015). On Lesbian Acts and Female Pleasures in Juvenal Commentaries from Antiquity to 1500. Renaissance and Reformation = Renaissance et Réforme 38(4): 19-40.
- Schachter, Marc & Eisner, Martin (2009). Libido Sciendi: Apuleius, Boccaccio, and the Study of the History of Sexuality. PMLA 124(3): 817-837.
- Schachter, Marc (2008). Presentation of a Newly Discovered Manuscript of La Boétie's Discours de la Servitude volontaire and Hypotheses on the Datation of the BnF Manuscripts. Montaigne Studies an Interdisciplinary Forum 20(1-2): 185-206.
- Schachter, Marc (2006). Louis le Roy's Sympose de Platon and Three Other Renaissance Adaptations of Platonic Eros. Renaissance Quarterly 59(2): 406-439.
- Schachter, Marc (2001). 'That friendship which possesses the soul': Montaigne Loves La Boétie. The Journal of Homosexuality 41(3-4: Homosexuality in French History and Culture): 5-22.
- Schachter, Marc (2000). 'Egli s'innamoro del suo valore': Leone, Bradamante and Ruggiero in the 1532 Orlando Furioso. Modern Language Notes 115(1): 64-79.
- 2010: Mellon Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC
- 2009: Faculty Fellow, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Institute for the Arts and Humanities
- 2009: Francesco De Dombrowski Fellow, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
- 2007: Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society