Irit Kleiman

Irit Kleiman

Director of Graduate Studies,
Associate Professor of Romance Studies

BA, University of Michigan
MA, Harvard University
PhD, Harvard University

Research and Teaching

Professor Kleiman teaches courses on medieval and Renaissance French literature and culture. Her research interests include written cultures, historiography, intellectual history, psychoanalysis and literature, the cultures of memory, and the tropes of embodiment. She has published essays on the apocryphal Life of Judas Iscariot, on ethics in Chrétien de Troyes, and on rhetoric in the works of Alain Chartier and Norman jurist Thomas Basin. Kleiman’s book Philippe de Commynes: Memory, Betrayal, Text (University of Toronto Press, 2013) received the Newberry Library’s Weiss/Brown Award. Professor Kleiman is active in promoting the field of medieval and early modern studies at BU, and organized the interdisciplinary conference “Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe and Beyond” during the Spring of 2013.