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Kendall Tarte
Kendall Tarte
Professor & Department Chair
Office: Greene Hall 538
Phone: 336-758-5649


Kendall Tarte, Professor and Chair of the Department of French Studies, received her Ph.D. in French Renaissance literature from the University of Virginia. She has published a book, Writing Places: Sixteenth-Century City Culture and the Des Roches Salon (University of Delaware Press, 2007), and articles in such journals as Romanic Review, Sixteenth Century Journal, Renaissance et Réforme, and French Review. She is co-editor (with Jeff Persels and George Hoffmann) of Itineraries in French Renaissance Literature (Brill, 2017) and (with Anne Hardcastle and Roberta Morosini) of Coming of Age on Film: Stories of Transformation in World Cinema (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). Her current research, which was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, studies how geographers, historians, and visual artists depicted France during the Wars of Religion in the sixteenth century. Professor Tarte enjoys teaching courses at all levels, especially her seminars “Perspectives on Paris” (FRH 370) and “Paris: From Department Stores to Mystery Stories” (FYS 100).



Ph.D., French.  University of Virginia, 1997.
M.A., French Literature.  University of Virginia, 1990.
B.A., English; minor in French.  University of Virginia, 1987.


Professor of French Studies, Wake Forest University, 2019-present. [Associate Professor, 2006-2019; Assistant Professor, 1999-2006; Visiting Assistant Professor, 1997-1999; Instructor, 1996-1997.]


Young Family Fellowship, 2011-13.

Reynolds Research Leave, 2011-12.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2010.

William C. Archie Fund for Faculty Excellence, Wake Forest University, 2007, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2001.

Publication and Research Fund, Wake Forest University, 2008, 2006.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Leave, 2002-03.

Bourse Jeanne Marandon, Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique, 1995. 


Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Montreal, Canada,  October 2010.  “Place and Polemic in François de Belleforest’s Cosmographie Universelle.”

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, May 2009.  “Law, Storytelling, and Civil War in France.”

Triad Early Modern Reading Group, Winston-Salem, March 2009.  Invited lecture.  “Looking at Cities in Perrissin and Tortorel’s Quarante Tableaux.

Renaissance Society of America, Los Angeles, March 2009.  “Looking at Cities in the Quarante Tableaux.”

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Minneapolis, October 2007.  “Geographiaor Historia? Münster in France.”

Renaissance Society of America, Miami, March 2007.  “Metalepsis of the Author of French History.”

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Salt Lake City, October 2006.  “Blushing Through the Sixteenth Century.”



Writing Places: Sixteenth-Century City Culture and the Des Roches Salon, Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007.
Coming of Age on Film: Stories of Transformation in World Cinema, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.  Coeditor, with Anne Hardcastle and Roberta Morosini.


“Discutons la classe de français” / “Discutons les médias” and “Le dîner de cons: Une discussion très drôle” in Recipes for Success in Foreign Language Teaching, ed. Katharine Harrington and Tina Ware, Lincom, 2007.
“Prefatory Strategies in La Puce de Madame des-Roches: From the Salon to the Page,”Renaissance et Réforme/Renaissance and Reformation 28 (2004): 35-45, special issue on Women’s Literary Salons in Renaissance Europe.

“Early Modern Literary Communities: Madeleine Des Roches’s City of Women,”Sixteenth Century Journal 35 (Fall 2004): 751-69.

“Seductive Topographies: The Languages of Landscape in La Puce de Madame des-Roches,” Romanic Review 95 (May 2004): 249-69.

Presentation of Madeleine and Catherine Des Roches, Les Secondes Oeuvres, and La Puce de Madame des-Roches, for World Wide Web site “The Renaissance in Print: Sixteenth-Century French Books in the Douglas Gordon Collection,” University of Virginia Library, 2004.

  • Madeleine and Catherine Des Roches:

  • Les Secondes Oeuvres:

  • La Puce de Madame des-Roches:

Book Reviews

Le Songe de madame Hélisenne, Hélisenne de Crenne, Jean-Philippe Beaulieu and Diane Desrosiers-Bonin, eds., Renaissance Quarterly 61 (Spring 2008).
From Mother and Daughter: Poems, Dialogues, and Letters of Les Dames des Roches, Madeleine and Catherine Des Roches, ed. and trans. Anne R. Larsen, Sixteenth Century Journal 38 (Fall 2007).

Œuvres complètes I. Le Jugement poetic de l’honneur femenin, Jean Bouchet, ed. Adrian Armstrong, Renaissance Quarterly 60 (Summer 2007).

Le Verger fertile des vertus, ed. Susan Broomhall and Colette Winn, Renaissance et Réforme/Renaissance and Reformation 29 (2005): 110-12.

Actualité de Jeanne Flore,ed. Diane Desrosiers-Bonin and Éliane Viennot, Renaissance et Réforme/Renaissance and Reformation, Renaissance et Réforme/Renaissance and Reformation 28 (2004): 98-100.

Les Secondes Oeuvres, Madeleine and Catherine Des Roches, ed. Anne R. Larsen,Sixteenth Century Journal 31 (Winter 2000): 1157-1159.


FRH 111-154: Elementary and Intermediate French
FRH 199: Service Learning in French Language (in conjunction with FRH 320)

FRH 213 and 214 (Honors): Encounters in French and Francophone Literature and Culture
FRH 216: Studies in French Literature and Culture:
“Growing up”
“Muslim Youth in France: Contemporary Portraits, Contemporary Issues”
“The City and its Culture”

FRH 319: Composition and Review of Grammar
FRH 320: French Conversation
FRH 350: Studies in French Language and Culture (in Dijon, France)
FRH 370: Seminar in French and Francophone Studies: “Perspectives on Paris”

FRH 675: Special Topics in French and Francophone Literature: “The Renaissance Body”

FYS 100: First Year Seminar:
“Paris: From Department Stores to Mystery Stories”
“France in the Twenty-First Century”
“The Idea of Celebrity: Past and Present”

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