Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French Fiction, critical theory, science and literature, detective fiction, nouveau roman. She is the author of Optiques: the Science of the Eye and the Birth of Modern French Fiction (Penn, 2006) and has co-edited journal issues on “Visual Culture” (Contemporary French Civilization) and “Crime Fictions” (Yale French Studies). Her book, Legacies of the Rue Morgue: Space and Science in French Crime Fiction (Penn Press,2016), explores scientific discourses (cartography, geology, geography) in modern French crime fiction from Gaboriau to Vargas. Her seminars and graduate courses include “Crime and the City in 19th-c. France,” “Science and Literature in France across the Ages,” “Hugo et Balzac,” "Poe's French Legacies," and “Espaces littéraires: Spatial Theory and Modern French Fiction.” She is currently Co-Chair, with Corry Cropper of BYU, of the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Association.
Professor of Romance Languages
Graduate Chair, French
545 Williams Hall
Spring 2018: Wed 1-2:30 and by appointment