Catherine Gallouët, dean of William Smith College and professor of French and Francophone Studies, recently participated in the 2014 Northeastern American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (NEASECS) conference held recently at Syracuse University. The theme was “Commemoration, Memory, Posterity.”
Gallouët delivered the paper “Integrating the French 18th century in Today’s Liberal Arts Classroom,” and participated in a roundtable discussion on “Teaching Eighteenth-Century French Literature Today.” She also chaired a session, “Establishing authority.” Additionally, Gallouët attended the board meeting of the society as its past president. She will continue next year as a member of the board.
Two of Gallouët’s previous essays are being re-edited in October at the Éditions Hermann in Paris: “1713: sympathie et roman chez Challe et Marivaux,” from Les discours de la sympathie (2008) and “La Nigritie, ou géographies de l’Afrique dans la fiction narrative au XVIIIe siècle. Le cas d’Aline et Valcour de Sade,” from Geographiae imaginariae. Dresser le cadastre des mondes inconnus dans la fiction narrative de l’Ancien Régime (2011). Both essays deal with 18th century narrative fiction.
Currently, she is co-editing a volume on the representations of Blacks in the French Atlantic, and is on the organizing committee of the January 2015 Marivaux conference to take place in France.
The author and editor of numerous scholarly publications, Gallouët’s recent scholarly work focuses on culture and race during the French Enlightenment, particularly how resistance and revolt of African slaves are represented in 18th century cultural productions.
Gallouët recently published Marivaudage: théories & pratiques d’un discours (Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment, 2014), a collection of essays exploring the style of Marivaux as it is discussed by his contemporaries and is remembered today. She also recently published on Nzingha, queen of Angola, in a special issue on Africa in the 18th century French journal Dix-Huitième Siècle. The article, reviewed in Angola and in Brazil where Nzingha is a historical heroine, is considered a breakthrough in European studies of the African queen.
Born in Vietnam, Gallouët received her doctorate and master’s from Rutgers University, her B.A. cum laude from Hope College and her Bacalauréat, with honors, from Académie de Grenoble. She is member of Groupe de Recherches sur les Représentations Européennes de l’Afrique et des Africains aux 17e et 18e siècles, Société pour lA TOpique Romanesque, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, North East Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Société Marivaux, and Modern Languages Association.