Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Adjunct Faculty in Comparative Literature
Though he specializes in early modern French and comparative literary studies, Hassan Melehy recently completed Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2016, a book that explores the Beat Generation author’s experiments with his native French as an integral part of his poetics. Prof. Melehy’s new research focuses on the relationship between political writing and literature in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century France and England, in further development of his 2010 book The Poetics of Literary Transfer in Early Modern France and England (Ashgate), and the collection he recently co-edited with Catherine Gimelli Martin, French Connections in the English Renaissance (Ashgate). He has also written numerous articles on early modern literature and philosophy, recent and contemporary critical theory, and film studies. In addition to his critical writing, he also regularly publishes poetry.
He teaches courses on the French Renaissance, the Anglo-French Renaissance, film studies, and critical theory to both undergraduate and graduate students.
In recent years he has been an invited speaker at the University of Kansas, the University of Regensburg (Germany), and the University of Giessen (Germany). In 2013, while a short-term fellow at the New York Public Library, he gave a co-presentation on Kerouac’s bilingualism at Barnard College (Columbia University) with Beat Generation author and Kerouac biographer Joyce Johnson. Hassan Melehy specializes in early modern French and comparative literature, contemporary critical theory, and film studies. He is the author Writing Cogito: Montaigne, Descartes, and the Institution of the Modern Subject (SUNY Press, 1997), and The Poetics of Literary Transfer in Early Modern France and England (Ashgate, 2010). He has also written numerous articles on early modern literature and philosophy, recent and contemporary critical theory, and film studies. Currently he is doing research on Jack Kerouac’s Québécois cultural background and his role in recent Québécois literature. In addition to his critical writing, he also regularly publishes poetry.
Faculty Mentorship Award, Dept. of Romance Studies, UNC-CH, 2015.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1993
M.A., University of Minnesota, 1990
M.A., University of Minnesota, 1987
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1983