Christopher Braider
Professor of French • Chair
French and Italian

HUMN 315

W,11am - 12pm and R, 2-3pm


Christopher Braider received a B.A. in French and English and a Ph.D. in French Literature from Trinity College, Dublin. He specializes in 17th-century French literature, interart problems in early modern Europe, the history of philosophy, and literary theory. He also regularly teaches in Comparative Literature and for the certificate program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

He is the author if Refiguring the Real: Picture and Modernity in Word and Image, 1400-1700 (Princeton University Press, 1993), Indiscernible Counterparts: The Invention of the Text in French Classical DramaInorth Carolina Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures, 2002), and Baroque Self-Invention and Historical Truth: Hercules at the Crossroads (Ashgate, 2004).

He has published articles on early modern literature, philosophy and art history in such journals as PMLA, Representations, Modern Language Quarterly and Comparative Literature. Recent articles include “Talking Like a Book: Exception and the State of Nature in Benjamin and Moliere” in Comparative Literature, 64.4 (Fall 2012) and “Groping in the Dark: Aesthetics and Ontology in Diderot and Kant”, forthcoming in Word & Image.

He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his most recent book, The Matter of Mind: Reason and Experience in the Age of Descartes, which is now officially out with University of Toronto Press, 2012 date.  He is currently working on a new book project, Giving up the Ghost: The Experimental Method in the Humanities and Persons and recently completed his book, Portraits: Experimental Selves in Early Modern Europe, which is now being circulated to academic presses. He came to the University of Colorado in 1992 and from 1994 to 2001 he served as Chair of the Department of French and Italian.

He has also served on the board of the American Comparative Literature Association, as Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature and Humanities, and as Acting Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts, which he helped found in 1996-97; and in 2008 he presided as Chair of the Division on 17th-Century French Literature in the Modern Language Association. In 2010 he was awarded a Boulder Faculty Assembly Prize for Excellence in Service and was made an honorary member of the International Golden Key Society in recognition of his work as a teacher.  In 2013 he was winner of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies, Modern Language Association.