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Brian Reilly


Associate Professor of French (Language Program Director) 
Faber Hall 556
Spring 2021 office hours (Rose Hill): TBA


BA, Dartmouth College
PhD, Yale University


Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Contemporary French Thought and Science


Brian Reilly’s interests include medieval francophone literature, contemporary French thought, and language teaching. He has published on Chrétien de Troyes and Jacques Derrida and their relation to the history of science and skepticism. He is currently preparing a book project on color theory and color naming in Old French literature.

Courses Taught

  • FREN 1501 - Intermediate French I
  • FREN 1502 - Intermediate French II
  • FREN 2001 - French Language and Literature
  • FREN 2100 - Grammar and Phonetics
  • FREN 3100 - Medieval French Literature
  • FREN 3101 - Word and Image
  • FREN 3130 - Culture and Science in France
  • FREN 3290 - Early Authors Modern Theory
  • FREN 3510 - Translation Theory and Practice
  • MVST 5077 - Editing Medieval Texts

Selected Publications

  • “Irony and Empathy in Chrétien de Troyes’s Gettier Problem.” Philosophy and Literature 41 (1) [2017 forthcoming]
  • “Invisible Translator, Visible Author: Medieval Authorship Verification Through Modern Translation.” Digital Philology [forthcoming]
  • “Emergent Derrida.” in Divisible Derrida, eds. Victor E. Taylor and Stephen G. Nichols. The Davies Group, Forthcoming.
  • “Chrétien de Troyes’s Gettier Problem: Cligès lines 2048-89.” Romance Notes 53 (1) [2013]. 21-5.
  • “Virtuous Circles of Authorship Attribution through Quantitative Analysis: Chrétien de Troyes’s Lancelot.” [Co-authored with Moira R. Dillon.] Digital Philology 2 (1) [Spring 2013]. 60-85.
  • “Enide’s Colored Horse and Color Theories: Erec et Enide, Lines 5268-81.” Modern Language Notes, no. 125 [2010]. pp. 846-6
  • “Jacques Derrida.” in The Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought. ed. Lawrence D. Kritzman. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. pp. 497a-504b.
  • “Hopkins Impromptu: Following Jacques Derrida through Theory’s Empire.” Modern Language Notes 121 [2006]. pp. 911-28.