Helene Martin

Assistant Professor of French

Hélène Martin's research focuses on 16th century literature, and specifically on historiography and regional writings. She currently specializes in a rare corpus of Breton memoirs written during the last French War of Religion (1589-1598). Her research examines the concept of subjectivity in these texts and its influence on the recounting of history on a personal level during the conflict of the League in the region of Brittany. She is also interested in other French regions and their own forgotten voices, such as Jean Bauhin's first-hand account of the 1590 epidemic of rabies in Montbéliard. She is currently co-authoring a scholarly edition of his text, Histoire notable de la rage.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.A., Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A., Université de Rennes I, Rennes, France

Research Interests

  • 16th-century French literature
  • Early modern literature and culture
  • Historiography
  • Literary history and theory
  • Medical humanities
  • Critical editions

Teaching Specialties

  • French language and culture
  • Early modern literature