Hannah Freed-ThallWilliam A. Dyer, Jr. Assistant Professor of Humanities[ Inactive ]
Hannah Freed-Thall holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and specializes in comparative modernisms and modern French literature and theory. She is the author of Spoiled Distinctions: Aesthetics and the Ordinary in French Modernism (OUP, 2015), which was awarded the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies and the Modernist Studies Association Prize for a First Book. Freed-Thall has been a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows and a Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow in the Pembroke Seminar, "Aesthetics and the Question of Beauty."
Hannah Freed-Thall's first book, Spoiled Distinctions: Aesthetics and the Ordinary in French Modernism, develops a new theory of the modernist ordinary, examining the unsophisticated side of aesthetic experience in works by Proust, Ponge, Sarraute, Barthes, Bourdieu, and Merleau-Ponty. The book identifies five experimental aesthetic paradigms that spoil distinctions of taste: "prestige"; the "quelconque" (or "whatever"); "nuance"; the "awkward"; and the "douceâtre" (or "too sweet").
She has articles forthcoming or in progress on modernist speculation; French narrative theory; close reading as a form of ecological thought; and the rhetoric of revulsion in modern French literature and film.
See "Honors and Awards"
awards and honors
For Spoiled Distinctions:
Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies, 2016
Modernist Studies Association Prize for a First Book, 2016
Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2016
Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellowship, “Aesthetics and the Question of Beauty,” Pembroke Center, 2014-15
Invited Keynote Lecture, Proust Postgraduate Study Day, University of Durham, UK, 2014
Malcolm Bowie Prize, for best article in any area of French studies by an early-career researcher, 2013
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
Hannah Freed-Thall's teaching interests include modernist literature, art, and media; the history and theory of the novel; and critical theory. In 2016-17, she offered courses on Literary Experiments, Ecological Thought, Theory of the Novel, and Fashion & Power.
COLT 0510O - Twentieth-Century Experiments. Fall 2016.