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Braider, Christopher Professor

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Research

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  • My research explores the literary, theatrical, artistic, philosophical, scientific, and theological culture of Western Europe as a whole from the Renaissance to the end of the 18th-century Enlightenment. A growing focus is what early moderns called 'the experimental,' a word that covers both the kind of natural scientific activity for which modern English coined the term 'experiment' and the properties of experience in general, whether methodized or spontaneous. A second, more theoretical emphasis of my work is extending the early modern sense of 'the experimental' to a general reassessment of the nature of humanistic scholarship and of the processes of imaginative creation behind the objects (texts, images, monuments, traditions) humanists study.

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • COML 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • FREN 5310 17th Century French Tragedy and Poetry (Spring 2019)
  • FREN 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • COML 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • FREN 1610 How to Be French, 1: The Ancien Regime (Fall 2018)
  • FREN 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • COML 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)
  • FREN 4990 Senior Seminar (Spring 2018)
  • FREN 5120 French Special Topics (Spring 2018)
  • FREN 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

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