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Marc Bizer

ProfessorPhD, Princeton University

Professor, French Studies
Marc Bizer


  • Phone: 512-471-7780
  • Office: HRH 3.112B
  • Office Hours: Tu Th 11-12 and by appt.
  • Campus Mail Code: B7600


Nascent French identities: national, social, religious, authorial, gendered; gastronomy; tragedy and the tragic


Marc Bizer, originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, has taught at UT since 1992. He holds an A.B. in Comparative Literature from Brown University, a Maîtrise ès lettres modernes from the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Princeton University. He is the author of three books, as well as of numerous articles: the just-published Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France (Oxford University Press, 2011), Les Lettres Romaines de Du Bellay: Les Regrets et la Tradition Epistolaire (University of Montreal Press, 2001), and La Poésie au Miroir: Imitation et Conscience de soi dans la Poésie Latine de la Pléiade (Champion, 1995). He is the recipient of sabbatical fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the American Philosophical Society, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation. He won a silver award for innovative instructional technology for his Reading Between the Lines web site (2008).



T C 302 • Hunger

42785 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CRD 007B

TC 302: Hunger


Course Description and Objectives:

Eating is recognized as an integral, and sometimes problematic, part of national and individual identity. This seminar will focus on the relationship between eating, hunger, and identity by looking at modern journalistic as well as literary and filmic accounts of eating, fasting, and starving. The course will be divided into three sections: politics, poetics, and culture. In the politics section of the course, we will study the physiological and political dimensions of hunger: first how hunger affects the body, and then how starvation can be a result of marginalization, exploitation, and victimization. In the poetics part, we will read works where eating, hunger and fasting are acts of self-definition and revolt. The last portion of the course, devoted to cultural questions, will use filmic representations of eating and hunger to generate discussion about the ways in which they are conditioned by cultural and national identities. This discussion will be enriched by students’ hands-on experience of the politics and economics of hunger by volunteer work at the Capitol Area Food Bank, a local soup kitchen, sustainable farm, etc.

Restrictions: Plan II

Flags: Writing & Global Cultures

Texts: [B]=Co-op, [C]=Canvas ( on syllabus and under “Files”

Sharman Russell, Hunger: An Unnatural History [B]

Packet of readings pertaining to "Politics" section of course

Knut Hamsun, Hunger [B]

Franz Kafka, “A Hunger Artist” and “The Metamorphosis” [B]

Amélie Nothomb, The Life of Hunger [B]


Participation:  40%

First Paper:     15%

Second Paper: 20%

Journal:           25%

External Grants



  • 2007-8  Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship (year); Renaissance Society of America Senior Scholar Research Grant for research in Paris (one month).
  • 2002-3  Sabbatical Fellowship, American Philosophical Society.
  • 2001 Marandon Fellowship, Society of American Professors of French, 6 mos.
  • 1996-97 Fulbright-Hays senior research fellowship (Paris, France), 6 mos.



Bizer, M. (2016). “Poetry and Modernity,” The Cambridge Companion to French Literature, ed. John Lyons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 34-41.

Bizer, M. (2011)Homer and the Politics of Authority in Renaissance France. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 272pp. Oxford Scholarship Online. Oxford University Press. January 2012.

Bizer, M. (2010). "From Lyric to Epic and Back: Joachim Du Bellay's Epic Regrets." Modern Language Quarterly 71.2. 107-127.

Bizer, M. (2008). “Homer, La Boétie, Montaigne, and the Question of Sovereignty.” In Zahi Zalloua and Reinier Leushuis (Eds.), “Esprit généreux, esprit pantagruélicque”: Essays by His Students In Honor of François Rigolot. Geneva: Droz, 259-277.

Bizer, M. (2006). “Men are from Mars: Jean de Sponde’s Homeric Heroes and Vision of Just French Leaders.” In Philip Ford and Paul White (Eds.), Masculinities in Sixteenth-Century France. Cambridge: Cambridge French Colloquia, 167-179.

Bizer, M. (2006). “Garnier’s La Troade between Homeric Fiction and French History: the Question of Moral Authority.” Romance Notes 46.3 (2006). 331-39.

Bizer, M. (2004, September). What’s in a Name? Biography vs. Wordplay in Du Bellay’s Regrets. Early Modern France, 9, 99-109.

Bizer, M. (2002). ‘Qui a païs n'a que faire de patrie’: Joachim Du Bellay’s Resistance to a French Identity. Romanic Review 91.4, 375-395.

Bizer, M. (2002). A Source of Du Bellay’s Most Famous Sonnet: ‘Heureux qui comme Ulysse’. Romance Notes, 42.3, 371-375.

Bizer, M. (2001). Les Lettres Romaines de Du Bellay: Les Regrets et la Tradition Epistolaire. Montreal: University of Montreal Press. 302pp.

Bizer, M. (1999). “Letters from Home: The Epistolary Aspects of Joachim Du Bellay’s Regrets.” Renaissance Quarterly 52.1, 140-79.

Bizer, M. (1996). “The Reflection of the Other in One’s Own Mirror: The Idea of the Portrait in Renaissance imitatio.”Romance Notes 36.2, 191-9.

Bizer, M. (1995). “Ronsard the poet, Belleau the Translator: The Difficulties of Writing in the Laureate’s Shadow”. In K. Lloyd-Jones & J. Beer (Eds.), Humanist Translators and their Craft. Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University, 175-226.

Bizer, M. (1995). La Poésie au Miroir: Imitation et Conscience de Soi dans la Poésie Latine de la Pléiade. Paris: Honoré Champion. 227pp.

Bizer, M. (1995). “Salammbô, Polybe et la rhétorique de la violence.” Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France 6, 974-88.

Bizer, M. (1994). “The Genealogy of Poetry According to Ronsard and Julius Cesar Scaliger.” Humanistica Lovaniensia 43, 304-318.

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