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Holly Tucker is Professor in the Department of French & Italian. She teaches a wide range of classes at Vanderbilt, from first-year seminars to graduate-level seminars on 16th- and 17th-century literature and culture.  She also enjoys teaching courses in 3rd- and 4th-semester language sequence.

Professor Tucker’s publications in early-modern French studies include:

  • City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris  (W.W. Norton, 2017)
  • Blood Work:  A Tale of Medicine & Murder in the Scientific Revolution (W.W. Norton, 2011)
  • Pregnant Fictions:  Childbirth & the Fairy Tale in Early-Modern France (Wayne State UP, 2003)

Across her research, Professor Tucker is deeply interested in how literature and medicine intersect in the early-modern period. Her work has received attention in The New YorkerThe New York Times, The Economist, as well as NPR, as well as publications specific to her field.