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Victoria Kahn specializes in Renaissance literature, rhetoric and poetics, early modern political theory, and the Frankfurt School. She is the author of Rhetoric, Prudence, and Skepticism in the Renaissance (Cornell, 1985), Machiavellian Rhetoric (Princeton, 1994), and Wayward Contracts: The Crisis of Political Obligation in England, 1640-1674 (Princeton, 2004), and The Future of Illusion: Political Theology and Early Modern Texts (Chicago, 2014). A new book, entitled The Trouble with Literature, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2018. (Ph.D., Yale University).