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Trustees Professor in Romance Languages
Joan DeJean is Trustees Professor in Romance Languages and teaches 17th- and 18th-century French literature. Her most recent books reflect her areas of research: the history of women's writing in France (Tender Geographies: Women and the Origins of the Novel in France, 1991); the history of sexuality (Fictions of Sappho, 1546-1937, 1989); the development of the novel (Literary Fortifications, 1984); and the cultural history of late 17th- and early 18th-century France (Ancients against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siècle, 1996 and The Essence of Style, 2005). She recently published the first uncensored edition of Molière's Dom Juan. Prof. DeJean was the winner of the 2003 MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies for her book The Reinvention of Obscenity: Sex, Lies, and Tabloids in Early Modern France (U of Chicago P, 2002).