Kathleen Perry Long

kpl2@cornell.eduKathleen Perry Long


Kathleen Long is a Professor of French in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University. She began her career researching the connections between the reception of Ovid’s Metamorphoses and theories of the imagination in early modern literature. She has since published on the image of the hermaphrodite in early modern French, German, and Swiss works (medical, alchemical, literary), the representation of the body in alchemical treatises, and representations of the Wars of Religion in France. Her current project focuses on the ties between early modern theories of the monstrous and modern representations of disability, using the critical lens of Georges Canguilhem’s work on The Normal and the Pathological to analyze these discourses.