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Vanessa Glauser comes to Stanford from Switzerland, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Zurich. She is in the final stages of her Ph.D. in French literature in Stanford’s Division of Languages and Cultures. Vanessa specializes in the reception of ancient Greek and Latin texts during the French Renaissance, and alongside her PhD she is completing a PhD Minor in Classics. Vanessa’s training in French and Classics is central to her dissertation, “Ancient Texts and their Renaissance Readers: The Production of Literary Value in Estienne’s Editions and Ronsard’s Poetry.” Here, she studies how Renaissance scholars and poets read classical texts and examines how these reading practices changed conceptions of literature and literary value in sixteenth century France. In connection to this research, Vanessa Glauser also has authored articles on the poets Louise Labé and Ronsard, which are forthcoming in Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal and L’Année Ronsardienne respectively.
In the Winter quarter 2018, Vanessa will teach an introductory survey course on Medieval and Renaissance French literature. In previous quarters, she has served as a teaching assistant in an Honors College writing seminar and as language instructor for all levels of French.