- M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
- Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
French literature and cultural and intellectual history from the French Revolution to the First World War.
Novels as dynamic spaces of social explorations and critique;, the assertion of symbolic power through language; the role of women and salons in the development of French values; the representation of the guillotine in the literary imaginary of the Nineteenth Century; the pyrrhic victory of wit over valor during the Revolution; law, literature and the French Revolution.
Current ProjectsAnalysis of the legal and literary silences and discourses surrounding theguillotine in the Nineteenth Century; exploration of an adaptation of Proust's novel À la Recherche du Temps Perdu in graphic novel form; the media of the French salon in 19th century memoirs; and the spectacle of death during the Terror.
- Beginning and Intensive first-year French (FR 1, FR 2, FR 22)
- Hugo, Women and the French Revolution (FR 178) (Fall 2011)
- The French Hunger for life: Intro to French Literature (FR 44)
- Wit and Ridicule in the French Salon (FR 173)
- French Frogs and Quebec Ouaouarons: A Cultural Analysis of French and Quebec Identity (FR 118)
- Women of freedom: from Mme de Lafayette to Amélie Nothomb. (French 124)