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A native of Germany, Volker Schröder came to Princeton in 1998 after teaching at the University of Salzburg (Austria) and Duke University. His primary area of expertise is the French seventeenth century, with a special interest in theater, poetry, and women writers.
His first book was an in-depth study of Racine’s Britannicus (La Tragédie du sang d’Auguste, Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1999); concurrently, he edited the essay collection Présences de Racine (issue XIV, 2 of the journal Œuvres & Critiques). His continued interest in neo-classical drama led to the critical edition of Marie-Anne Barbier’s tragedy Cornélie mère des Gracques (Toulouse: Société des Littératures Classiques, 2005; in collaboration with Alicia Montoya).
In his articles he has pursued such diverse topics as the mystical intertext of the Lettres portugaises, discourses of praise at the Académie Française, and the postmodern operatic afterlife of Marie-Antoinette’s Versailles.