Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures (French)
Virginie Greene is a Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, at Harvard University. She is a specialist of medieval literature, with strong interests in history and philosophy, and in Proust and his times.
She has recently published a biography: Un petit rouage dans la grande machine: Thomas Rodman Plummer 1862-1918, the story of the encounter of an American and a French village during WWI.
She is the author of Logical Fictions in Medieval Literature and Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2014), a study of seminal classical, medieval and modern literary and philosophical texts leading to a broader reflection about fiction as a universal human trait and a defining element of the history of Western philosophy. She has also authored Le Sujet et la Mort dans La Mort Artu (Nizet, 2002). She is the editor of Towards the Author: Essays in French Medieval Literature (Palgrave, 2006 ), and the translator in modern French of Le Débat sur le Roman de la Rose (Champion, 2006). She has contributed to the edition of an anthology of Proust's letters (Proust, Lettres, Plon: 2004). She is one of the five co-authors of Thinking Through Chrétien de Troyes (D. S. Brewer, 2011). She has published a book of prose poems titled Cent vues de John Harvard (Editions de l’Attente, 2011).
She currently works on various book projects focussing on encounters.