Associate Professor of French Studies

M.A., University of Alberta
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nancy Frelick is associate professor of French Renaissance Literature at the University of British Columbia, where she has been teaching since 1990.  She is the author of the book Délie as Other: Toward a Poetics of Desire in Scève’s Délie (French Forum, 1994) as well as articles on French Renaissance poetry and prose, including works attributed to men (Maurice Scève, Michel de Montaigne, François Rabelais) and women (Louise Labé, Marguerite de Navarre, Marie de Gournay, Hélisenne de Crenne, and Jeanne Flore).  Much of her work explores discourses of desire in early modern texts and is informed by post-structuralist psychoanalytic criticism (Lacan) and gender studies, among others.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Sixteenth-century literature
  • Theory and criticism: structuralism, post-structuralism, psychoanalytic criticism (Lacan), narratology
  • Genre studies: lyric poetry, autobiography, and fiction
  • Women’s writing and gender studies
  • Early modern medicine: melancholy and lovesickness

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books
Délie as Other: Toward a Poetics of Desire in Scève’s Délie. Lexington, KY: French Forum, 1994.

Reprint: “The Poetic Persona and the Object of Desire.” (Chapter 3 of) Délie as Other: Toward a Poetics of Desire in Scève’s Délie. French Forum Monographs 83. Lexington, KY: French Forum, 1994. 99-129. Rpt. in Poetry Criticism. Ed. Michelle Lee. Vol. 111. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Artemis Literary Sources. http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CH1420102250&v=2.1&u=ubcolumbia&it=r&p=GLS&sw=w

Edited book
The Mirror in Medieval and Early Modern Culture: Specular Reflections. Cursor Mundi 25. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2016.

Articles and book chapters
“La Passion au miroir: les dizains spéculaires de Délie.” Special issue: Les Passions et leurs enjeux au seizième siècle. Guest editor: Colette H. Winn. Renaissance and Reformation/ Renaissance et Réforme 38.3 (2015): 17-39.

Per speculum in aenigmate: An Introduction to Le Miroir des melancholicques.” In Miroirs de la mélancolie/Mirrors of Melancholy. Eds. Hélène Cazes and Anne-France Morand, with Pascale Duhamel and Ann-Marie Hansen. Les collections de la République des Lettres. Paris: Hermann, 2015. 119-84.

“Amitié et anamorphose chez Montaigne et Holbein.” Topiques, Études Satoriennes 1 (2015): 14 pp.
http://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/sator/article/view/11620

“Speech, Silence, and Storytelling: Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron and Narrative Therapy,” Reformation and Renaissance/Renaissance et Réforme 36:1 (2013): 69-92.

Lire en abyme: les emblèmes spéculaires de Délie”, textimage – L’image répétée. Imitation, copie, remploi, recyclageActes du colloque des 2, 3, et 4 juin 2011 à l’Université de Victoria (2012).

Alcofribas et les leurres du discours alchimique.”  Le Verger – bouquet 1 (2012).

“Reading Hélisenne with Transference.” In Teaching French Women Writers of the Renaissance and Reformation. Ed. Colette H. Winn. New York: Modern Language Association, 2011. 206-17. Rpt. in Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 218. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Artemis Literary Sources.
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CRMBDDF811933006&v=2.1&u=ubcolumbia&it=r&p=GLS&sw=w

“Love, Mercy, and Courtly Discourse: Marguerite de Navarre Reads Alain Chartier.”  Mythes à la cour, mythes pour la cour. Alain Corbellari et al. (eds). Genève: Droz (2010). 325-36.

“Images captivantes: Louise Labé Amazone.” Dix ans de recherches sur les femmes écrivains de l’Ancien Régime.  Guy Poirier (ed.). Sainte-Foy: PU Laval (2008). 127-46.

“Reading Violent Truths.”  Approaches to Teaching Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron. Colette H. Winn (ed). New York: MLA (2007). 113-17.

“Contagions of Love: Textual Transmission.”  Imagining Contagion in Early Modern Europe. Claire Carlin (ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan (2005): 47-62.

“Attribuer un sexe à Jeanne Flore?”  Actualité de Jeanne Flore. Diane Desrosiers-Bonin, et al. (eds).  Paris: Champion (2004): 239-50.

“Friendship, Transference, and Voluntary Servitude: Montaigne and La Boétie.”  Le Visage changeant de Montaigne/The Changing Faces of Montaigne. Keith Cameron et al. (eds). Paris: Champion (2003).  195-206.

“Lacan, Courtly Love, and Anamorphosis.” The Court Reconvenes.  Courtly Literature Across the Disciplines.  Barbara K. Altmann et al. (eds).  Rochester, NY: D.S. Brewer (2003).  107-14.

“(Re)Fashioning Marie de Gournay.”  La Femme au XVIIe siècle. Richard G. Hodgson (ed.).  Tübingen: Gunter Narr (2002).  165-80.

“Poétique du transfert et objets a: l’exemple de la Délie” in Poétiques de l’objet.  Paris : Champion (2001). 73-82.

“Female Infidelity: Ideology, Subversion, and Feminist Practice in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron.” Special issue: Le Mariage sous l’Ancien Régime. Guest editor: Claire L. Carlin. Dalhousie French Studies 56 (2001): 17-26. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 85. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Artemis Literary Sources. http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CNTGMCM530986232&v=2.1&u=ubcolumbia&it=r&p=GLS&sw=w

“Fetishism and Storytelling in Nouvelle 57 of Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron.” In Distant Voices Still Heard: Contemporary Readings of French Renaissance Literature. Eds. John O’Brien and Malcolm Quainton. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2000. 138-54. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 211. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2015. Artemis Literary Sources.
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CBJOLEB588980138&v=2.1&u=ubcolumbia&it=r&p=GLS&sw=w

“Sex, Lies, and Anamorphosis: Love as Transference in Scève’s Délie.” Romanic Review 90.3 (1999): 301-16. Rpt. in Poetry Criticism. Ed. Michelle Lee. Vol. 111. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Artemis Literary Sources.
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CHAYVPC171632143&v=2.1&u=ubcolumbia&it=r&p=GLS&sw=w

“‘Hydre-miroir’: Les Romanesques d’Alain Robbe-Grillet et le pacte fantasmatique.” The French Review 70.1 (1996): 44-55.

“J’ouïs-sens: Thaumaste dans le Pantagruel de Rabelais et le sujet-supposé-savoir.”  Études rabelaisiennes 30 (1995): 81-97.

“Looking for ‘Délie’ Through the Labyrinth of Signs.”  A Scève Celebration: Délie 1544-1994. Jerry C. Nash (ed.). Saratoga, CA: ANMA Libri, 1994. 115-127.