Michel Zink (1945) is a French writer, historian specialised in the middle ages, and a philologist who was elected a member of the French Academy in the place of René Girard.
Born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Zinc studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris from 1964 to 1968. In 1967 he graduated classical philology, and in 1970 he received a PhD in Literature. After working as a docent at the Sorbonne (1968-1970 and 1972-1976) and at the University of Tunisia (1970-1972), he was a professor at the University of Toulouse (1976-1987) and at the University of Paris (1987-1994). Since 1995 he has been a lecturer of medieval literature at College de France. In 2000 Zink was elected a member of the French Institute (Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres). He is also a member of the Medieval Academy of America, the American Academy of Science and Arts and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Some of his most famous works are La Subjectivité littéraire autour du siècle de saint Louis (1985), Les Voix de la conscience. Parole du poète et parole de Dieu dans la littérature médiévale (1992), Froissart et le temps (1998), Poésie et conversion au Moyen Âge (2003), Bienvenue au Moyen Âge (2015).
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