Dr. Martine Sauret was born in Paris, France. She completed her B.A. in English, French and German at Paris III, a B.A. in Russian at the Langues Orientales in Paris, and received a degree in International Marketing at the Sorbonne III. She received her Ph.D., with Honors, in June 1991 at the University of Minnesota. She has been an Associate Professor of French at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. She is currently an Independent Scholar.
Dr. Sauret published “Gargantua” et les délits du corps (New York: Peter Lang, 1997), translated L’Inconscient graphique. Essai sur l’écriture de la Renaissance by Tom Conley (Paris: Puv, 2000) and published many articles on Renaissance Literature, early Modern France, and Francophone studies in various scholarly journals.
Integrating different historical, sociological and philosophical perspectives, the book proceeds to closely study cartographers’ maps and their writings through visual elements such as letters, trompe-l’oeil, and anamorphosis, and show how this new medium influenced writings of sixteenth century, France. The work will explore the sense of the nation, will discuss the beginning of the autonomous geography of writing and the emergence of Renaissance values in France.