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Erec R. Koch
Position: Dean, Division of Humanities and the Arts/CCNY
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York|Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Department of French, Yale University
Research Interests: 17th Century French Literature; Early Modern Philosophy; History of Science and Medicine
Professor Erec R. Koch currently serves as Dean of the Division of the Humanities at the City College of New York. He has served as Associate Provost at Baruch College, as an administrator and faculty member at Hunter College, and at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Tulane University. He is a specialist in seventeenth-century French literature and culture.

  • The Aesthetic Body: Sensibility, Passion, and Corporeality in Seventeenth-Century France. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2008.
  • Pascal and Rhetoric: Figural and Persuasive Language in the Scientific Treatises, the “Provinciales,” and the “Pensées.” EMF Critiques. Charlottesville: Rookwood Press, 1997.
Edited Volume
  • Classical Unities: Place, Time, Action. Actes du 32e congrès annuel de la North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature, Tulane University, Avril 13-15, 2000. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag/Biblio 17, 2002.
Selected Recent Articles
  • “La Pratique du goût: de Pierre Bourdieu à Antoine de Courtin,” XVIIe siècle. 258 (2013): 45-54.
  • “La contagion des passions de Descartes à Malebranche.” Littératures classiques. 68 (2009): 177-88.
  • “Voice, Aurality, and the Natural Language of Passion in Marin Mersenne’s Harmonie universelle.” Seventeenth-Century French Studies. 28 (2006): 77-89.
  • “Cartesian Corporeality and (Aesth)Ethics.” PMLA. 121.2 (2006): 405-420.
  • “Ethics, Death, and the Cartesian Body.” Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature. 65 (2006): 379-88.
  • “Body, Passion, Ethics: Descartes’s Correspondence with Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and the Passions de l’âme.” Seventeenth-Century French Studies. 27 (2005): 39-49.
  • “Horace/Cinna and the End of War.” Papers on French Seventeenth-Century Literature. 62 (2005): 69-78.
Selected Recent Book Chapters
  • “Nicole and Hobbes: Materiality, Motion, and the Passions,” in Spaces of Self in Early Modern Europe, eds. Malina Stefanovska and David Sabean. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. 165-82.
  • “Corps et (esth)éthique cartésiens.” La littérature, le xviie siècle et nous: dialogue transatlantique. Ed. Hélène Merlin. Paris: Presses universitaires de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2008. 135-49. [Translated partial reprint of “Cartesian Corporeality and (Aesth)Ethics.”]
  • “Rhetorical Perfection: Sound, Aurality, and Rhetoric from Marin Mersenne’s Harmonie universelle to Bernard Lamy’s La Rhétorique, ou l’art de parler.” Ed. Anne L. Berberick. EMF: Studies in Early Modern France.12 (2008): 185-213.