Pierre Saint-Amand Francis Wayland Professor of French Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature

Professor Saint-Amand holds joint appointments with French Studies and Comparative Literature at Brown University. A graduate of the University of Montreal, he received his Master's and doctoral degrees in Romance Languages from Johns Hopkins University. Before taking a tenured position at Brown in 1986, he taught as assistant professor of French at Yale and Stanford. In 1991 and 2004 he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Romance Languages at Harvard University and in 2001 he taught as Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He is the author of Diderot: Le labyrinthe de la relation (1984); Séduire ou la passion des Lumières (1987); Les Lois de l'hostilité. La politique à l'âge des Lumières (1992) ; The Libertine's Progress (1994); The Laws of Hostility (1996) and The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment (2011), Paresse des Lumières (2014). He is the editor of Diderot ; Le Roman au 18e siècle: Postérités; Autonomy in the Age of the Enlightenment . He has edited for Gallimard's Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Thérèse philosophe and Confession d'une jeune fille (2000, 2005). He has published widely on topics of literary criticism in journals such as Romanic Review , Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth-Century , Stanford French Review , Eighteenth-Century Fiction , Diderot Studies , Critique , Furor , SubStance , Nouvelle Revue Française , Revue des Sciences Humaines , and Critical Inquiry . He was the recipient in 1986 of a Stanford Humanities Center fellowship, and in 1988 of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. He was named the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of the Year (1995) and, in 1996, Francis Wayland Professor of French Studies and Comparative Literature. He was inducted Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques in February 2001 by the French Government.

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

Books:

  • Diderot: le labyrinthe de la relation (1984)
  • Séduire ou la passion des Lumières (1987)
  • Les Lois de l'hostilité. La politique à l'âge des Lumières (1992)
  • The Libertine's Progress (1994)
  • The Laws of Hostility (1996)
  • The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment (2011)
  • Paresse des Lumières (2014)


Editor:

Jean-Baptiste de Boyer d'Argens, Thérèse philosophe (in vol. 1 of Romanciers libertins du XVIIIe siècle, ed., P. Wald Lasowski, 2000),
Mathieu-François Pidansat de Mairobert, Confession d'une jeune fille (in vol. 2 of Romanciers libertins du XVIIIe siècle, ed., P. Wald Lasowski, 2005); (Gallimard, Folio, 2006)

Guest editor:

  • Stanford French Review, Diderot, 1984
  • Stanford French Review, Le Roman au XVIIIe sIècle: Postérités, 1987
  • Stanford French Review, Autonomy in the Age of the Enlightenment, 1993


Contributor:

  • Dilemmes du roman (1990)
  • Marguerite Duras (1994)
  • Duras, Dieu et l'écrit (1998)
  • Terror and Consensus: Vicissitudes of French Thought (1998)
  • Sexualité, mariage et famille au XVIIIe siècle (1998)
  • Progrès et violence au XVIIIe siècle (2001)
  • Using the Encyclopédie (2002)
  • Marie Antoinette: Writings on the Body of a Queen (2003)
  • Approaches to Teaching Rousseau's Confessions and Reveries (2003)
  • Femmes et libertinage (2003)
  • Du genre libertin (2004)
  • The Columbia History of French Literature (2006)
  • Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature (2006)
  • The Flesh in the Text (2007)
  • Rousseau and Freedom (2010)
  • New Essays on Diderot (2011)
  • Cambridge History of French Literature (2011)
  • Representing Violence in France, 1760-1820 (2013)

research overview

Professor Saint-Amand has research interests in 18th-century literature, especially the libertine novel, the philosophy of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and literary criticism and theory.

research statement

Pierre Saint-Amand has completed a book on idleness in the literature of the eighteenth-century in France. The book deals first with the repression of idleness in a century that saw the rise of capitalism. In that context, it studies the oppositional forms of leisure that appear in the works of Marivaux, Diderot, Rousseau, and, at the end of the century, Joseph Joubert.

A new project is a collection of articles on libertine literature of the eighteenth-century on authors as diverse as Prevost, Godard d'Aucour, Boyer d'Argens and Pidansat de Mairobert.

funded research

Stanford Humanities Center, 1985-86
Institute of European Studies, Paris and Nantes, June 1989
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Jan-Dec 1989, $24,000
East West Seminar, International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Berlin, July 1997
Office of Vice President for Research, Brown University, 2004, $1,000; 2007-08, $1,800; 2008-09, $1,000; 2010-11, $1,062