Irit Ruth Kleiman

Irit Ruth Kleiman
Director of Graduate Studies,
Associate Professor of Romance Studies
718 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 503
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, and participates in the Core Curriculum in the Humanities. Her research interests include historiography, law and literature, intellectual history, psychoanalysis and literature, the cultures of memory, Mediterranean studies, and the tropes of embodiment. She has published articles and book chapters 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 is the author of Philippe de Commynes: Memory, Betrayal, Text (University of Toronto Press, 2013), which received the Newberry Library’s Weiss/Brown Award, and the editor of Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She serves as the Director of  the Interdisciplinary Program in Medieval Studies.