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Joanna Stalnaker

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Associate Professor of French
Associate Department Chair
Director, M.A. in History and Literature
Director, M.A. in Global French Studies

Enlightenment literature, philosophy, and history of ideas; French Revolution; theater; women writers

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Joanna Stalnaker (Ph.D. New York University; B.A. Swarthmore College) works on Enlightenment literature, philosophy and science with an interdisciplinary focus on intellectual history and literary form. Other interests include sexuality and knowledge, theater and revolution and the place of women writers in literary history. Her first book, The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia (Cornell University Press, 2010), won the Kenshur Prize from the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University. She has published articles in Representations, Diderot Studies and Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture and has co-edited a special volume of the Romanic Review on authorship in eighteenth-century France. Her current project, The Enlightenment’s Last Words, is a study of the last works of the French philosophes. She was the recipient of a Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award at Columbia in 2014. She serves on the editorial boards of Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment and the Romanic Review, on the MLA Delegate Assembly and Division Executive Committee for Eighteenth-Century French Literature and formerly served on the Board of the Society of Fellows at Columbia University. She directs two M.A. programs at Columbia’s Global Center for Europe at Reid Hall in Paris, the M.A. in History and Literature and the M.A. in Global French Studies. At Columbia, she teaches a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses, including Rousseau and His Critics, Enlightenment / Counter-Enlightenment, Theater and Revolution, Sexual Enlightenment, French Theater in Performance and Literature Humanities.

Publications:

“Diderot’s Brain.” Enlightenment Constellations. Eds. Mary Helen McMurran and Alison Conway. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.

“Rousseau’s First Person.” Introduction to Modern French Literature. Ed. Christopher Prendergast. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, forthcoming.

Authorship in Eighteenth-Century France, special issue of the Romanic Review, co-edited with Nicholas Cronk 103 (May-November 2012).

“Mademoiselle de Lespinasse’s Hand,” Romanic Review 103 (May-November 2012): 275-83. 

“Buffon on Death and Fossils.” Representations 115 (Summer 2011): 20-41.

The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010. Winner of 2010 Kenshur Prize.

“Diderot’s Literary Testament.” Diderot Studies 31 (2009): 45-56.

“The Post-Enlightenment Sketch: Bernardin de Saint-Pierre's Études de la nature.” Landau-Paris Studies on the Eighteenth Century. Volume 2. Edited by Peter Wagner, Frédéric Ogée, and Achim Hescher. Trier: WVT, 2008. 97-105.

“Staël dans le Panthéon de Sainte-Beuve.” Cahiers staëliens 58 (2007): 83-92.

“L’écriture du moi dans Le Nouveau Paris.” Cahiers de l’Association internationale des études françaises. 58 (2006): 107-20.

“The New Paris in Guise of the Old: Louis-Sébastien Mercier from Old Regime to Revolution.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. Volume 35. Edited by Jeffrey Ravel and Linda Zionkowski. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 223-42.

“Painting Life, Describing Death: Problems of Representation and Style in the Histoire naturelle.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. Volume 32. Edited by Ourida Mostefai and Catherine Ingrassia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. 193-227.

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