My research focuses on 19th-century French literature and culture, and gender and sexuality studies. I am currently working on a project about alcohol and French culture. My latest book is Sapphic Fathers: Discourses of Same-Sex Desire from Nineteenth-Century France (Toronto, 2015), and I have co-edited and translated with Lewis Seifert Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned: Enchanted Stories from the French Decadent Tradition (Princeton, 2016). I have also written on French poetry and poetics in relation to gender and subjectivity.
Cogut Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, Brown University, 2010
Bunting Institute fellow, Radcliffe College, 1999-2000
Salomon Research Grant, Brown University, 1999
Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, Brown University, 1995
Corson Prize for best graduate essay in French literature, Cornell University, 1986
McGuigan Award for best senior essay in Women's Studies, University of Michigan, 1983
Phi Beta Kappa, 1983
James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan, 1983
Director's Thesis Award, Honors Program, University of Michigan, 1982
Modern Language Association
Société des dix-neuviémistes
19th- and 20th-century French literature and culture; gender and sexuality studies.
I teach courses on the decadent movement; symbolist poetry; realist fiction; war and French culture; crime literature; women's literature; contemporary feminist and queer theory in France.
FREN 0760A - Introduction à l'analyse littéraire
FREN 1010A - Littérature et culture: Margins of Modernity
FREN 1330C - French Women Writers
FREN 1900A - Boulevard du crime
FREN 1900H - La France en guerre
FREN 2170K - High Culture: Intoxicants in 19th-Century Literature and Society