Rev. Gregory Haake, C.S.C.

Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies



B.A., M. Div., University of Notre Dame; M.A., Middlebury College; Ph.D. Stanford University

Research Profile

Fr. Haake works on the intersection of literature, politics, and religion in sixteenth-century France. His current research focuses on the image of the stranger and how its use––and the reaction to it––helped to form and shape French identity in the early modern period and beyond. Poets, authors, and polemicists took advantage of this particular image to incite a nascent xenophobia, but it was also an opportunity for solidarity or as a political tool to help define and refine cultural and religious identity. He maintains an interest in lyric poetry, namely that of Joachim Du Bellay and Maurice Scève.

Selected Publications

The Politics of Print During the French Wars of Religion: Literature and History in the Age of "Nothing Said Too Soon". Forthcoming in Brill's Faux Titre series (

"The Mémoire of the Advocate David and the Discrediting of the Guises." The Sixteenth Century Journal 50, no. 2 (2019): 55–81.

"A Holy Exchange: The Dedicatory Epistle of Clément Marot's Translation of the Psalms." Renaissance and Reformation 42, no. 2 (2019): 81–104.

"Loving Neighbour Before God: The First Commandment in Early Modern Lyric Poetry." The Ten Commandments in Medieval and Early Modern Culture. Edited by Youri Desplenter, Jürgen Pieters, and Walter Melion. Brill: Leiden, 2017. 75–89.

Contact Information

159 Decio Faculty Hall
(574) 631-0460
Mailing address:
University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556