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Kathleen Perry Long

Professor of French, Francophone & Comparative Literature

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 co-editor for a series on Monsters, Prodigies, and Demons: Medieval and Early Modern Constructions of Alterity (ARC Humanities Press/ Medieval Institute Publications).


  • Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
  • Romance Studies

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



Recent books and edited volumes

  • Hermaphrodites in Renaissance Europe (Ashgate, 2006; Reprint, Routledge, 2016)
  • Gender and Scientific Discourse in Early Modern Culture (Ashgate, November 2010; Reprint, Routledge, 2016)

Articles and book chapters since 2012

  • “Intersex/ Transgender.” Bloomsbury Handbook of Twenty-First Century Feminist Theory, Robin Truth Goodman, ed. (Bloomsbury, forthcoming, 2018).
  • “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, 2018).
  • “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 (Medieval Institute Publications, 2018).
  • “Illegible Bodies: Reading Intersex and Transgender in Early Modern France (The Case of Isaac de Benserade’s Iphis et Iante),” Transversions of Iphis and Iante, Valerie Traub, Peggy McCracken, and Patricia Badir, eds. (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).
  • “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, 2018).
  • “‘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, 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).
  • “Fathers and Sons:  Paternity, Memory, and Community in Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné’s Histoire Universelle.”  For an edited volume on Memory and Community in Sixteenth Century France, David LaGuardia and Cathy Yandell, eds. (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015).
  • “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).
  • “Evil and the Human/ Animal Divide: From Pliny to Paré,” proceedings from the University of Warsaw conference on Animality, Szymon Wrobel, ed.  Special issue of the journal Dialogue and Universalism (February/ March 2014).
  • “Les rivières, sites de massacres et de mémoire dans Les Tragiques,” for a festschrift for Tom Conley, ed. by Bernd Renner and Phillip Usher (Paris: Garnier, 2014).
  • “Le Rebis et la politique de l’alchimie.”  Edited volume on L’Hermaphrodite de la Renaissance aux Lumières (Paris : Garnier ; December, 2013).
  • “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).
  • “Nature Abhors Normality:  Theories of the Monstrous from Aristotle to the X-files,” in Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology, edited by Caroline Picart and John Browning (Palgrave, July 2012).
  • “Music and Meditative Practices in Early Modern Alchemy: The Example of the Atalanta fugiens,” Lo Sguardo, n° 10, vol. III (2012), 125-131.