Lewis Seifert

Professor of French Studies

Research Interests

early modern France
gender and sexuality studies
folk narrative
environmental humanities


Professor Seifert’s research interests include seventeenth-century literature, gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, and comparative approaches to folklore and the literary fairy tale. He is the author of Fairy Tales, Sexuality, and Gender in France, 1690-1715: Nostalgic Utopias (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and of Manning the Margins: Masculinity and Writing in Seventeenth-Century France (University of Michigan Press, 2009). He has co-edited volumes on French and Francophone masculinities with Todd Reeser; on fairy tales by 17th-century French women with Domna Stanton; on gender, sexuality, and friendship in early modern France with Rebecca Wilkin; and on nineteenth-century decadent fairy tales with Gretchen Schultz. He has also edited a special issue of Marvels and Tales on “Queer(ing) Fairy Tales.”