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Christopher Braider is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of three books, Refiguring the Real: Picture and Modernity in Word and Image, 1400-1700 (1993), Indiscernible Counterparts: The Invention of the Text in French Classical Drama (2002), and Baroque Self-Invention and Historical Truth: Hercules at the Crossroads (2004). He has just completed a fourth book, The Matter of Mind: Reason and Experience in the Age of Descartes, for which he received an NEH fellowship in 2005/06.