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Joanna Stalnaker

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Associate Professor of French

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

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Joanna Stalnaker holds her Ph.D. from New York University and her B.A. from Swarthmore College. Her research focuses on Enlightenment literature, science and intellectual history. Her first book was The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia (Cornell 2010), which won the Kenshur Prize from the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Representations, Journal of the History of Ideas, Critique and Diderot Studies. She serves on the editorial boards of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment and Romanic Review. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award at Columbia.

Selected publications:

“Rousseau’s First Person,” A History of Modern French Literature, ed. Christopher Prendergast (Princeton University Press, 2017).

“Jonathan Israel in Dialogue,” Journal of the History of Ideas 77.4 (October 2016): 637-48.

“Description and the Nonhuman View of Nature,” Representations, special issue Description Across Disiplines, ed. Sharon Marcus, Heather Love and Stephen Best, 135 (Summer 2016): 72-88.

“Diderot’s Brain,” Mind, Body, Motion, Matter: Eighteenth-Century British and French Literary Perspectives, ed. Mary Helen McMurran and Alison Conway (University of Toronto Press, 2016): 230-53.

“Les maîtres du goût au siècle des Lumières,” Critique 821 (October 2015): 740-50. 

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.

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