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Ph.D. (2003) University of Texas at Austin in French Literature
My research is in nineteenth-century French studies: literature, caricature and photography. I am passionate about Balzac and Baudelaire: “luxe, calme et volupté.” I am also interested in the ways in which the growth of popular visual culture reshaped notions of word and image, writer and artist in nineteenth-century France. I am currently working on a critical study of the Empress Eugénie and gender politics in Second Empire France.
I wanted to teach an Honors course as a way to work through some new ideas. I’d been writing on modernity in Paris, so I selfishly put together a course on Paris as a way to study specific texts and paintings, as well as create a forum for analysis and feedback. The course was magnifique! The students did wonderful critical and creative projects, and our discussions helped me refine my own research. I’ve been teaching an honors course once a year ever since. Each class has been a collaborative process, and this is both my ideal and definition of the Honors Program at Indiana State: faculty and students working together.
TYPICAL CLASSES TAUGHT
Paris: Capital of the Nineteenth Century
Laugh more, read every day and try something new.