An essay by Catherine Gallouët, dean of William Smith College and professor of French and Francophone studies, was recently published in Marivaux entre les genres: le corps, la parole, l’intrigue, edited by Mathieu Brunet and Revue Malice. Her essay, “Entre cour et jardin: le romanesque de Marivaux,” is part of a project on the rhetoric of the novel in the 18th century and focuses on the work of French novelist Pierre de Marivaux.
Gallouët explains that the title of the article refers to the opposite spaces in 18th century theatre: the garden (or nature), and the courtyard (or the city). In the article, she argues that Marivaux’s works crossed all literary conventional genres and forms – including essays, fiction and theatre – in a search for authenticity and transparency. In particular, explains Gallouët, “the article considers the intersection of narrative form and ethics, stressing the importance of Marivaux’s early novels to understand the poetics of his narrative works, as well as the coherence of their form.”
The essay was originally delivered by Gallouët at an international conference on Marivaux and his work in Aix-en-Provence in January 2015.
Gallouët’s recent work has focused on the 18th century French representation of Africans. In December 2014, she was invited to talk at an international conference on the “reported speech of the Other in literary texts” at the University of Pau in Pau, France. During the Fall 2015 semester, Gallouët presented a paper, “Construction of Blackness in Mainstream Cinema about the 18th Century,” at the North East 18th Century Conference at Trinity College. Several students from Gallouët’s seminar on Marivaux were able to attend the conference.
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 on the board of SATOR, editor of the review Topiques, member of Groupe de Recherches sur les Représentations Européennes de l’Afrique et des Africains aux 17e et 18e siècles, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, N-E American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Société Marivaux, and M.L.A.
She was the recipient of the 2014-15 John Readie & Florence B. Kinghorn Global Fellowship, which honors outstanding faculty at HWS who have exemplified global citizenship on a continued basis.