Department of Romance, German & Slavic Languages & Literatures
801 22nd Street, NW, Phillips Hall 513
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6330
Fax: (202) 994-9126

Leah Chang

Leah Chang

Title — Associate Professor of French, Director of French Literature

Office — PHIL 513G Office Hours: T 1:00-2:00pm R 9:30-10:30am

Phone — (202) 994-6830

E-mail —


Professor Chang received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2002). Her interests include: pre-modern women's writing, early modern narrative and poetry, the history of the book, and the intersection of politics, gender, and sexuality in early modern French texts and culture. She has recently published a monograph on book production and the concept of female authorship in early modern France. Her newest project focuses on concepts of maternity, nation, and the figure of the queen regent Catherine de Médicis during the wars of religion.


“The Cross-Dressed Text: Teaching Men Writing as Women in Renaissance France.” In Approaches to Teaching Women of the Reformation and the Renaissance, ed. Colette Winn. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2011.

“The Gender of the Book: Jeanne de Marnef edits Pernette Du Guillet.” In Early Modern Women and Transnational Communities of Letters, ed. Anne R. Larsen and Julie Campbell. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.

Into Print: The Production of Female Authorship in Early Modern France (University of Delaware Press, 2009)

Classes Taught

Spring 2014 Courses: FREN3600.11, FREN4600.10

Fall 2013 Classes: FREN3210.10, FREN4600.10