Martine Debaisieux

Credentials: PhD, U.C. Berkeley

Position title: Professor Emeritus


Primary language



Late 16th-century and 17th-century literature.

French studies, especially baroque fiction and poetry; women writers; libertine writers.

Teaching and Research Interests: Martine Debaisieux teaches courses in French literature and culture as well as in advanced French grammar and stylistics.  Her teaching interests also include filmic adaptations.  As course chair for fourth- and fifth-semester French, she is involved in the training of teaching assistants.  Her main area of research is late 16th and 17th-century literature (baroque fiction; women writers; libertine writers; devotional poetry; literature and painting). Her publication focuses on Hélisenne de Crenne, Marie de Gournay, Charles Sorel,Théophile de Viau, Scarron, Jean Auvray, La Fontaine, etc.  She is currently working on a book project dealing with women and libertins’ strategies of rewriting from the Renaissance to the Classical period.


  • Pickard-Bascom Professorship (2021-2022)
  • Carol Mason Kirk Professorship (2010-2013)
  • Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (Spring 2005)
  • Halverson-Bascom Professorship (2000-2003)
  • Vilas Associate Research Grant (1996-1997)
  • Resident Fellowship, Institute of Research in the Humanities (Fall 1990)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend (1990)
  • Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (1986-87)


  • Le Procès du roman: Ecriture et contrefaçon chez Charles Sorel, Anma Libri, “Stanford French and Italian Studies”, 1989. Republication, Editions Paradigme, 2000.
  • Violence et fiction jusqu’à la Révolution. Travaux du IXe colloque international de la SATOR. Ed. with G. Verdier. Etudes Littéraires Françaises. Gunter Narr Verlag, 1998.
  • Le Labyrinthe de Versailles: Parcours critiques de Molière à La Fontaine. Ed. Editions Rodopi, 1998.
  • Critical edition — Charles Sorel, Description de l’île de portraiture. Genève: Droz, 2006.