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Laurence S Mall

Associate Professor of French and Italian

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  • Fall 2018: Tuesday 12:30-2:30

Biography

Laurence Mall came to the University of Illinois in 1994 after receiving her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. Her research interests concern mostly Eighteenth-century French literature and philosophy, with an emphasis on the philosophes and on the novel. She is also interested in theories of everyday life, ethics and literature, historyand memory in literature, writing the city, and gender issues. Her current research focuses on Louis Sébastien Mercier's Tableau de Paris and Le Nouveau Paris --particularly on the representation of work and everyday life in these texts—and on writers around the period of the French Revolution.

Her book Origines et retraites dans La Nouvelle Héloïse (Peter Lang 1997) was followed by a book on Rousseau's Emile entitled Emile ou les figures de la fiction (Oxford: University of Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, SVEC 2002:04), which studies the forms, impact and meaning of fiction in what seems to be primarily a philosophical treatise. Sheis currently co-editing with Brigitte Weltman-Aron an issue of L'Esprit Créateur on "Rousseau and Emotions / De l'émotion chez Rousseau."  She has published about fifty book chapters and articles in French on authors and issues in various genres in such journals as CLIO, Dix-huitième siècle, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Littérature, Le Magazine littéraire, MLN, Poétique, Revue de littérature comparée, Revue de métaphysique et de morale, Revue d'histoire littéraire de la France, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture.  

Her teaching interests include grammar, poetry, autobiography (all periods), contemporary France, and, for the eighteenth-century period, the novel, the relationshipsbetween fiction and philosophy, the history of ideas, and more.

Publications

Books

  • *Emile* ou les figures de la fiction. . Oxford, U.K.: SVEC, Voltaire Foundation, 2002.
  • Origines et retraites dans *La Nouvelle Héloïse*. . NY: Peter Lang, 1997.

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Book Contributions


  • "Liaisons et déliaisons du visible et du dicible chez Rousseau." Rousseau et le spectacle. . Paris: Armand Colin, 2014. 297-310.

  • "Ecriture de soi et ‘syntaxe générale’ chez Bergounioux et Ernaux (sur fond rousseauiste." Jean-Jacques Rousseau et l’exigence d’authenticité: une question pour notre temps. . Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2014. 333-347.

Journal Articles

  • "Qui perd gagne: exil et résilience dans les mémoires de Genlis, La Tour du Pin et Staël." Orages. Littérature et culture 1760-1830 17 (2018): 113-124.
  • "Bonne vie ou vie bonne? Hedonia et eudaimonia dans Monsieur Nicolas de Rétif de la Bretonne." La Licorne 115 (2015): 137-164.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • De l'émotion chez Rousseau/Rousseau and emotions. Spec. iss. of L'Esprit créateur 52.4 (2012):