Ellen McClure, PhD
History and French
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Professor McClure's primary scholarly interests are in 17th-century French literature, politics, and religion. Her first book, Sunspots and the Sun King: Sovereignty and Mediation in Seventeenth-Century France (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006) explored the contradictions inherent in attempting to reconcile the logical and mystical aspects of divine right monarchy. She has also authored numerous articles, including: "Neo-Stoicism and the Spectator in Corneille’s Horace" (EMF vol. 13 (2010) and "Le monde de La Fontaine: Oeuvre sans auteur" in XVIIe siècle (2013); "Cartesian Modernity and La Princesse de Clèves" [Seventeenth-Century French Studies 29 (2007): 73-80]; "Lieu Tenant: Diplomacy and Dementia in Racine’s Andromaque" [Intersections: Actes de Hanover (2005): 237-245]; "Sovereign Love and Atomism in Racine’s Bérénice," [Philosophy and Literature 27 (2003): 304-317]; and "Une parfaite et sincère bonne correspondance et amitié: French-Turkish Trade and Artistic Exchange in Molière’s Bourgeois Gentilhomme," [Romanic Review 90.2 (1999): 155-166]. She is currently working on a project that examines how seventeenth-century French writers and thinkers engaged with the polemics surrounding idolatry to think through questions surrounding human agency and the legitimacy of love for the material world.
Professor McClure was also a 2009-2010 Institute for the Humanities Fellow, University of Illinois at Chicago and won a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.