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Faculty Fellow

Larry F. Norman

Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures, Theater and Performance Studies, Fundamentals, and the College; Department Chair University of Chicago


As a specialist in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature, theater and intellectual history, Larry Norman's work is driven by a concern with the dynamic interaction between texts and their aesthetic and historical framework. More specifically, Norman is interested in how individual works play in surprising ways with social norms and literary expectations. In practice, these concerns led Norman from his first book on Molière, an examination of the contentious exchange between playwright and audience that gave birth to modern satirical comedy (The Public Mirror), to Norman's study re-evaluating the creative conflict between ancient literature and early-modern ideals (The Shock of the Ancient: Literature and History in Early-Modern France).

In his teaching, Norman aims to create broad interdisciplinary conversations. He has designed graduate seminars to engage not only in dialogues across research fields (such as “Réalisme classique,” “Re-Writing Homer in Early-Modern France,” “Lumières et Primitivismes,” and “Aesthetics of French Classicism”), but also to integrate scholarship with theatrical performance and curatorial practice (“The Theatrical Baroque” and “The Theatrical Illusion: From Corneille to Kushner”).

For more details on his research and publications, please visit his profile page at the University of Chicago.

Featured Project

Fact and Fiction: Creation, Forms, Boundaries

2016 – 2017


Visiting Fellow: David Auburn

Visiting Fellow: David Auburn

A Visiting Fellowship enabled playwright David Auburn to complete his adaptation of Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March and collaborate with Court Theatre on the preparation for the 2019 premiere.

This project, the Neubauer Collegium’s first collaboration with Court Theatre, supported the Visiting Fellowship of award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director David Auburn. Auburn’s first play, Proof, received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and New York Drama Critics...