Professor of French and Francophone Studies Catherine Gallouët presented a paper, “Le spartacus noir: the 'other' African in the French imagination,” in the “African Atlantics” session at the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference, Oct. 25-28 at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
Her paper dealt with the subversive figure of the revolted slave that undermines 18th century stereotypes of the African. Gallouët also chaired a session, “Myth vs. Reality: When 18th-Century French Idealists Encountered 18th-Century America.”
As a member of the NEASECS executive board, Gallouët and a team of Colleges' faculty are preparing for the group's October 2008 conference, to be hosted by HWS, with the theme of “Ambivalence in the Eighteenth-century.” The plenary speaker will be Professor Alan Taylor of the University of California-Davis, author of “The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution” (Knopf, 2006).