While the word sabbatical means a time of rest from work, Professor Catherine Gallouët of the French and Francophone Studies Department, is using her semester off of from teaching to do anything but rest.
Gallouët recently published the second edition of her book titled “L’Afrique et les Africains au siècle des Lumières: savoirs et représentations, éds.” In addition, she just returned from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) meeting in Vancouver where she delivered a paper on the early eighteenth century rhetoric of Marivaudage. While in Vancouver, she chaired the meeting of the Society for Eighteenth-Century French Studies (SECFS), of which she is currently serving in the position of President.
“L’Afrique et les Africains au siècle des Lumières: savoirs et représentations, éds” is a compilation of essays that discuss the representation of Africans during the French Enlightenment. The essays were selected based on Michel Foucault’s theories of representational discourse and, therefore, the book includes pieces that vary in discipline across the fields of literature, history and Enlightenment philosophy. The essays were writen by authors in several disciplines including art history, history, literature, anthropology and philosophy, and from several countries around the world such as Belgium, Canada, England, France, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United States. Several of the papers came from a conference on the representation of Africa in the French eighteenth century, where Gallouët delivered a paper.
Gallouët will be attending a conference in Morocco in May where she will be analyzing cultural and racial stereotypes in the French opera, “Les Indes Galante.” She will be discussing the representation of “others,” in particular the Turks, Persians and Peruvians, as conveyed through the music, costumes and characters selected.
In addition to presenting at conferences, Gallouët is dedicating her time to two other main projects. One is an article about Queen Zingha where she is interrogating the representations of the African in eighteenth century literature in order to see how the textual depictions of her story evolve throughout the century. The other project is a volume of essays on Marivaudage, a writing style that became prevalent in the 1730s and is coined from the work of Marivaux one of the most important French authors in the eighteenth century, in order to re-interpret the notion of Marivaudage in light of recent theories of language.
Gallouët received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. She teaches a wide range of courses including language courses, introduction to contemporary literatures and advanced courses in culture and literature. She has been published in journals such as Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Eighteenth Century World Studies, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, L’École des Lettres, Francophonie Plurielle and Revue Marivaux.