My research interests include medieval and nineteenth-century French literature and cultural studies, the reception of medieval art, architecture, and literature in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe and America, early photojournalism, celebrity interviews, European and American writer house museums, naturalism, decadence, mysticism, cabaret culture, nineteenth-century French theater, the collection and study of Asian art in nineteenth-century France, and global food politics and sustainability studies. I teach a variety of courses from Beginning French I to advanced French language, literature, and culture courses with particular emphasis on the medieval period and the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

I currently serve as Book Review Coeditor for the journal Nineteenth-Century French Studies and as a board member of the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association.


B.A. Wellesley College

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. New York University


Recent Books and Special Journal Issues

Cultural Exchange and Creative Identity: France/Asia in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (with Aimée Boutin). Special issue of L’Esprit Créateur 56:3 (November 2016).

En toute intimité…Quand la presse people de la Belle Epoque s’invitait chez les célébrités. Paris: Parigramme, 2015.

Telling the Story in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Evelyn Birge Vitz. Essay anthology coedited with Kathryn A. Duys and Laurie Postlewate.  Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2015.

Medievalism: Key Critical Terms. Essay anthology coedited with Richard Utz. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014.

Photojournalism and the Origins of the French Writer House Museum (1881-1914): Privacy, Publicity, and Personality. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2012.

Recent Articles

“La Maison Langweil and Women’s Exchange of Asian Art in Fin-de-siècle Paris.” L’Esprit Créateur 56:3 (November 2016): 61-75.

“Victor Hugo’s Breakfast of Champions.” Invited guest blog for Wonders & Marvels: A Community for Curious Minds who Love History, its Odd Stories, and Good Reads. February 2016.

Le Berceau de la littérature française: Medieval Storytelling as Child’s Play in Nineteenth-Century France.” Telling the Story in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Evelyn Birge Vitz (ed. Kathryn A. Duys, Elizabeth Emery and Laurie Postlewate). Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2015. 219-35.

“Staging Domesticity in La Revue Illustrée’s Photo‐Interviews: Belle Époque Celebrity Homes in the Periodical Press.” French Connections: Design, Mass Media and the Modern Interior 17701970, ed. Anca I. Lasc, Georgina Downey and Mark Taylor. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015. 157-66.

“Retracer le Moyen Âge: Proust et ses « dessins médiévaux ».” Proust et les Moyen Age. Ed. Sophie Duval et Miren Laccasagne (Paris: Hermann, 2015): 295-313.

“Medieval Times: Tournaments and Jousting in Twenty-first Century North America.” Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture, ed. Gail Ashton.  London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015. 67-77.

“Louisiana-Style Naturalism? Science, Fiction, and Commerce in Duck Dynasty and Swamp People.” Excavatio XXIV (2014): np

Blog Posts


    I am currently working on a project related to women collectors of Asian art in nineteenth-century France under the auspices of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2016-2017).

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