Professor of French, Comparative Literature, and Women's Studies



B.A. Leeds University
M.A., Ph.D., Cornell 

Fields of Research:

The Renaissance, 19th Century Literature and Culture, Feminist Theory, Literature and Anthropology, postcolonial theory, and literature by South Asian writers.

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Other Publications:

  • General editor, Encyclopedia of World Literature, 19th and 20th centuries, New York: Facts on File Inc., 2003.
  • "Remembering Differently: The Madwoman, the Hysteric and the Witch in Jean Rhys' The Wide Sargasso Sea, Hélène Cixous' Portrait of Dora and Maryse, Condé's Moi Tituba sorcière... noire de Salem" in Conference Proceedings, ICLA (Leyden 1999)
  • "Benedikte Naubert's The Cloak: The Spider in the Web of the Grim(m) Fairy Tale" in Conference Proceedings, BCLA (1999)
  • "Rousseau and Mme de Stael: The Reflective Imagination and the Poetics of Gender", in Studies in Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century (June 1998)
  • "Flaubert's Quiquid volueris: The Colonial Father and the Poetics of Hysteria", in SubStance 27:1 (1998 1-18)
  • Women: Revolution and Global Expression.M. J. Diamond, Ed. (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998)
  • Editor, Dialectical Anthropology

Graduate Courses:

  • Feminist Theories
  • Montaigne, Shakespeare and Cervantes
  • Minority Women Writers in the 20th Century
  • Rousseau, Kant and Mme de Staël
  • Public Women in 19th-Century French Art and Literature
  • Romantic Women Writers
  • Literature and Revolution

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Women Writers
  • Romanticism
  • Surrealism
  • Theatre of the Absurd
  • Introduction to Theory

Program Connections:

Comparative Literature
Women's Studies Department

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