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Kathleen Perry Long

Professor of French

Kathleen Perry Long

Klarman Hall, Room 270



Kathleen Long is Professor of French in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University.  She is the author of two books, Another Reality:  Metamorphosis and the Imagination in the Poetry of Ovid, Petrarch, and Ronsard and Hermaphrodites in Renaissance Europe, and editor of volumes on High Anxiety: Masculinity in Crisis in Early Modern France, Religious Differences in France, and Gender and Scientific Discourse in Early Modern Europe.  She has written numerous articles on the work of Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné, on gender in early modern Europe, and on monsters.  She is preparing a translation into English of The Island of Hermaphrodites (L’isle des hermaphrodites), a book-length study of the works of Agrippa d’Aubigné, and another on the relationship between early modern discourses of monstrosity and modern discourses of disability.  She is the series editor (with Luke Morgan) of Monsters and Marvels: Alterity in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds (Amsterdam University Press).


  • Romance Studies
  • French Studies Program

Graduate Fields

  • Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Romance Studies


  • Gender and Sexuality in the Early Modern World
  • History and Theory of the Monstrous
  • History of Science/Alchemy
  • Religious Violence


Spring 2021

Fall 2021


     Grants and Awards (Since 2005)

  • The Mellon-Mowat Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library (2019-2020; long-term research fellowship)
  • The Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award (2019)
  • Central New York Humanities Corridor/ Mellon Foundation Grant: Scientific Norms and the Concept of the Normal (2018-present)
  • The Robert A. and Donna B. Paul Award for Excellence in Advising (2008)


  • Hermaphrodites  in Renaissance Europe (Ashgate, 2006; Reprint, Routledge, 2016)
    •             Reviewed in:  Medieval History, April 2008, by A. W. Bates; Social History of Medicine, July 2007 (20, 2), by Paul Soergel; Isis (99, 8), 2002, by Susan Broomhall; Renaissance Quarterly, June 2008, by Gabriella Eschrich; French Studies, 61,3 (2007) by Joseph Harris; Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 81,4 (2007), by Lianne McTavish; among others.
    • Another Reality:  Metamorphosis and the Imagination in the Poetry of Ovid, Petrarch, and Ronsard (Peter Lang, 1990).
  • Edited volumes
  • Gender and Scientific Discourse in Early Modern Culture (Ashgate, November 2010; Reprint, Routledge, 2016)
    •             Reviewed in:  Early English Studies, 4 (2011), by Mary Nelson; Ambix, 58, 3 (2011); Huntington Library Quarterly, 74, 4 (2011), by Christopher D’Addario; Parergon, 28, 2 (2011), by Julie Davies; Renaissance Quarterly, 64, 3 (2011), by Alisha Rankin; Social History of Medicine, November 2011, by Susan Broomhall; among others.
  • Religious Differences in France (Truman State University Press, Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies series, 2006)
  • High Anxiety:  Masculinity in Crisis in Early Modern France (Kirksville, MO:  Truman State University Press, Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies, 2002)

    Books in Progress

  • The Island of Hermaphrodites, Newly Discovered, translation (solicited and begun for ACMRS Press, French Renaissance Texts in Translation series)
  • From Monstrosity to Postnormality: Theories of Disability in Early Modern and Modern France (three rough chapters; to be completed in the summer of 2020)
  • Bringing Up the Dead: Literature in the Wake of the French Wars of Religion (four rough chapters; to be completed in the spring of 2021)

    Journal Articles (since 2005)

  • “‘Trans*historicities’: A Roundtable Discussion,” with M. W. Bychowski, Howard Chiang, Jack Halberstam, Jacob Lau, Marcia Ochoa, and C. Riley Snorton, Transgender Studies Quarterly, 4 (November 2018), 658-685.
  • “L’épopée au féminin,” Les Tragiques: 1616-2016. Littérature, violence, et politique. Actes du Colloque Internationale de Niort, 21-23 Septembre 2016, Jean Raymond-Fanlo, ed. (Albineana, December, 2018).
  • “Literature of the Wars of Religion,” part of an “Etat Présent” of early modern French Studies (a review of the current field) for The French Review (2014).
  • “Hypocrite Lecteur”: Le lecteur comme ami et ennemi dans les Tragiques d’Agrippa d’Aubigné,” for a special issue of Albineana-Cahiers d’Aubigné, no. 25, Marie-Hélène Servet, ed. (November, 2013).
  • “Music and Meditative Practices in Early Modern Alchemy: The Example of the Atalanta fugiens,” Lo Sguardo, n° 10, vol. III (2012), 125-131.
  • “Child in the Water:  The Spectacle of Violence in Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné’s Les Tragiques” in Representations of Trauma in French and Francophone Literature, Nicole Simek and Zahi Zalloua, eds. (Halifax, Nova Scotia:  Dalhousie University Press, Dalhousie French Studies, Winter 2007), 155-65.

    Contributions to Edited Volumes (since 2015)

  • “Cities of the Dead: Utopian Spaces, the Grotesque, and the Work of Melancholy,” for the Lovis Corinth Colloquium IX, Landscape and the Visual Hermeneutics of Place, 1500-1700, Walter Melion and Karl Enenkel (forthcoming, 2020).
  • “Styling Sedition in The Island of Hermaphrodites (L’Isle des Hermaphrodites, 1605),” for a volume on Sedition in Early Modern France, ed. Marc Schachter and John O’Brien (forthcoming, 2020).
  • “Monsters and the Monstrous,” in A Cultural History of the Fairy Tale (The Age of the Marvelous), Suzanne Magnanini, ed. (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming, 2020).
  • “Violent Words for Violent Times: Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné’s Les Tragiques,” in Polemic and Literature Surrounding the French Wars of Religion, Katherine S. Maynard and Jeff Kendrick, eds. (Medieval Institute Publications, forthcoming, 2019).
  • “Animal Knowledge and the Question of Human Superiority in the Essais of Michel de Montaigne,” for a volume on Animal Theologians, Clair Linzey, ed. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2019).
  • “‘The Beauty of Violence in the Seventh Tale of François de Rosset’s Histoires tragiques and Jules Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly’s ‘Une Page d’Histoire.’” The Dark Thread: From Histoires tragiques to Gothic Novel, John Lyons, ed. (University of Delaware Press, forthcoming, 2019).
  • “From Monstrosity to Abnormality: Early Discourses on Disability,” for a volume on Embodied Difference: Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World, Asa Mittman and Rick Godden (Palgrave, forthcoming, 2019).
  • “Queer Spatialities in The Island of Hermaphrodites,” for a volume on Early Modern Visions of Space: France and Beyond, Dorothea Heitsch, ed. (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming, 2019).
  • “Queer Geographies in Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné’s Les Tragiques,” Epic Geographies, Timothy Duffy and Phillip Usher, eds. (Palgrave, forthcoming, 2019).
  • “Illegible Bodies: Reading Intersex and Transgender in Early Modern France (The Case of Isaac de Benserade’s Iphis et Iante),” Transversions of Iphis and Ianthe, Valerie Traub, Peggy McCracken, and Patricia Badir, eds. (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).
  • “Intersex/ Transgender.” Bloomsbury Handbook of Twenty-First Century Feminist Theory, Robin Truth Goodman, ed. (Bloomsbury, 2019).
  • “Montaigne’s Mercurial Masculinity:  The Alchemy of Gendered Identity in the Essais.”  Monstrous Borders, Jana Byars and Hans Broedel, eds. (Routledge, 2018).
  • “Montaigne, Monsters, and Modernity,” Itineraries in French Renaissance Literature, Jeff Persels, Kendall Tarte, and George Hoffman, eds.  (Leiden: Brill, 2017).
  • “Using Cruelty to teach Empathy in Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné’s Les Tragiques,” Emotional and Affective Narratives in pre-Modern Europe/ Late-Medieval and Renaissance France, Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier and Andreea Marculescu, eds. (Palgrave, 2017).
  • “What Came Before, What Comes After Normal?  Some Humanist and Posthumanist Thoughts on the Concept of Normalcy” for a volume on Humanism and Anti-humanism, Jan Miernowski, ed. (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2016).
  • “Montaigne and Monstrosity,” The Oxford Handbook of Montaigne, Philippe Desan, ed. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, January, 2016).

    Administrative Service to the College (current)

  • Director, Global Early Modern Studies Colloquium (GEMS 2017-)

    Service to the Profession (current)

  • Series editor (with Luke Morgan), Monsters and Marvels: Alterity in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, Amsterdam University Press (2018-)
  • Member of the Board, ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2018-)
  • Member, Early Modern Conversions research team (SSHRC funded), 2014-2019
  • Member, Committee for the Lois Roth Award/ Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work, Modern Language Association (2017-2019)


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