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Domna C. Stanton
Phone: (212) 817-8365
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D.
Research Interests: Seventeenth-Century French literature and culture; Early-Modern Studies; Women Writers; Critical Theory; Feminist theory; Human Rights, 16th Century Literature

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Currently, Stanton is completing The Monarchy, The Nation and Its Others: France in the Age of Louis XIVth. She is also working on a 150-page section, on the seventeenth century, for Les femmes en littérature, 2 vols, edited by Martine Reid, to be published by Gallimard in 2016. Her most recent book, Dynamics of Gender in Early-Modern France: Women Writ, Women Writing (Ashgate) was published in autumn of 2014.

Primary concentrations:


Seventeenth-Century French literature and culture; Early-Modern Studies; Women Writers; Critical Theory; Feminist theory; Human Rights

Books:

  • The Aristocrat as Art: A Study of the "Honnête Homme" and the Dandy in Seventeenth- and Nineteenth-Century French Literature. New York: Columbia Univer­sity Press, 1980.
  • The Female Autograph: Memoirs, Letters, Journals and Autobiographies by Women, edited and with an introduction. New York Literary Forum, 1984; paperback, The Female Autograph: Theory and Practice of Autobiography from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.
  • The Defiant Muse: French Feminist Poems from the Twelfth to the Twentieth Centuries, edited and with an introduction. New York: The Feminist Press, 1986.
  • The Female Autograph: Memoirs, Letters, Journals and Autobiographies by Women, edited and with an introduction. New York Literary Forum, 1984; paperback, The Female Autograph: Theory and Practice of Autobiography from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.
  • Women and Memory, Co-edited and with an introduction by Peg Lourie, Domna Stanton and Martha Vicinus, special volume of The Michigan Quarterly Review, 1987.
  • Discourses of Sexuality: From Aristotle to Aids, edited and with an introduction. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992; second edition, 1994.
  • Feminisms in the Academy: Rethinking the Disciplines, co-edited and with an introduction. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995.
  • “A Woman in Defense of All Women of her Sex": Selected Philosophical and Moral Writings of Gabrielle Suchon, co-edited with Rebecca Wilkin,“The Other Voice,” special series of early-modern works in translation, Edited by Albert Rabil. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2010. Received a 2012 award from the Society for the Studies of Early-Modern Women.
  • Enchanted Eloquence: Fairy Tales by Seventeenth-Century Women Writers, co-edited with Lewis Seifert; “The Other Voice,” special series of early-modern works in translation, Edited by Albert Rabil. Toronto:Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies at the University of Toronto, 2010. Named one of the top scholarly books in 2011 by Choice.

Selected Articles/Chapters in Books:

  • "The Ideal of 'Repos' in Seventeenth-Century French Literature," From Humanism to Classicism (Memorial volume to Nathan Edelman), Esprit Créateur, Spring-Summer 1975, pp. 79-104.
  • "Parole et écriture: Women's Studies, U.S.A.," Tel Quel 71-73 (Winter 1977): 119-135.
  • "Activism and the Academy: A Report from Europe," SIGNS V,no. 1 (September 1979): 177-185.
  • "Playing with Signs: The Discourse of Molière's Dom Juan," French Forum (May 1980): 106-121.
  • "Language and Revolution: The Franco-American Dis-Connection," The Future of Difference, Alice Jardine and Hester Eisenstein, eds., G.K. Hall, 1980, pp. 73-87; paperback, Rutgers University Press, 1985.
  • "The Fear of Women and the Fictions of Préciosité," Yale French Studies, 62 (Fall 1981): 107-34.
  • "Woman as Object and Subject of Exchange: Marie de Gournay's Le Proumenoir (1594)" Esprit Créateur XXIII, no. 2 (1983): 9-25.
  • "Autogynography: Is the Subject Different?," The Female Autograph, Domna C. Stanton, ed. New York: New York Literary Forum, 1984, pp. 5-22; reprinted in The Female Autograph. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987, pp.3-20; translated by Angel G. Loureiro for inclusion in El Grand Desafio: Feminismos, Autobiografia y Postmodernidad, ed. Angel G. Loureiro (Madrid: Megazul-Endymion, 1994), 71-100; reprinted in Theorizing Women's Autobiography: A Reader, ed. Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998).
  • "Pascal's Fragmentary Thoughts: Dis-Order and its Overdetermination," Semiotica Vol 5, no. 1-3, 1984 (Special Issue, The Classical Sign): 211-35.
  • "The Mater of the Text: Barthesian Displacement and its Limits," The Rhetoric of Sexuality, special issue of Esprit Créateur, Summer 1985: 57-72.
  • "Difference on Trial: A Critique of the Maternal Metaphor in Cixous, Irigaray and Kristeva," The Poetics of Gender, Nancy K. Miller, ed.; New York: Columbia University Press, 1986, pp. 157-82; paperback, 1987; reprinted in Jeffner Allan and Iris M. Young eds., The Thinking Muse: Feminism and Modern French Philosophy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989, pp. 156-79.
  • "Classicism Re-constructed and Deconstructed," Continuum I:l (1989) (Inaugural issue on Classicism): 1-30.
  • "1685. Louis XIV Revokes the Edict of Nantes. Religious Controversies," A History of French Literature, Denis Hollier ed. Harvard University Press, 1989, pp. 358-64; translated for the French edition, 1993.
  • "The Subject of Sexuality," Discourses of Sexuality: From Aristotle to Aids, Domna C. Stanton, ed. University of Michigan Press, 1992, 1-46; translated into the Spanish, forthcoming.
  • "Recuperating Women and the Man Behind the Screen," Gender and Sexuality in Early-Modern Europe, James Turner, ed. Cambridge: University Press, 1993, 247-65.
  • "Francion, néotériste; ou, 'la fabrique du sexe' aristocratique est-elle possible?," special "American" issue of Le Dix-Septième Siècle, 180 (Juillet-Septembre, 1993) 455-64.
  • "Remodeling Relations: Women's Studies and the Disciplines," co-authored with Abigail J. Stewart, Feminisms in the Academy, Domna C. Stanton and Abigail J. Stewart, eds. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995, 1-16.
  • "Sexual Pleasure and Sacred Law: Transgression and Complicity in Vénus dans le cloître," Esprit Créateur, special issue edited by Abby Zanger, XXXV, no. 2 (1995): 67-83.
  • "Pour une histoire littéraire contextuelle: Les Etudes françaises aux Etats-Unis," Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la France, Colloque du Centenaire, 1995, 117-27. Translated by Katie Jewett for special issue of Contemporary French Studies on "Cultural Studies, Cultural Wars," edited by Jean Francois Fourny and Lawrence R. Schehr, XXI, no 2 (Summer,Fall, 1997): 5-17.
  • "From the Maternal Metaphor to Metonymy and History: Seventeenth-Century Discourses of Maternalism and The Case of Sévigné,” The Mother In/And French Literature, ed. Buford Norman, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2000, 1-32.
  • “Autogynography," Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, ed. Lorraine Code, Routledge, 2000, 34.
  • President’s Columns, “A Sense of Activism,” MLA Newsletter Spring 2005 (37:1): 3-4; “The Labor of Service,” MLA Newsletter Summer 2005 (37:2) 3-4; “On Academic Freedom” (37:3) 3-4; “On Human Rights and the Humanities” (37:4) 3-4.
  • “On Linguistic Human Rights and U.S. ‘Foreign Language’ Policy,” ADFL Bulletin, Winter, 2005 (36:2): 5-13; reprinted in Profession 2006 and in Sophia McLennen and Henry James Morello, eds. Representing Humanity in an Age of Terror. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2010, 95-108.
  • “The Monarchy, the Nation and its Others,” Acts of Colloquium on Imagology: The Other, Mugla University, Turkey, ed Michel Bareau, Alta Press, 2005, 1-21.
  • “On Rooted Cosmopolitanism.” PMLA 121:3 (May, 2006): 627-40.
  • “Foreword: Ands, Ins and Buts,” “The Humanities in Human Rights,” special topic, PMLA 121:5 (October 2006): 1518-1525.
  • “Introduction,” Presidential Forum, The Role of Intellectuals in the 21st Century,” Profession December 2006, 7-13.
  • Principal Author, Report of the MLA Force on Procedures for Evaluating Scholarship in Tenure and Promotion, MLA, 100 pp. November, 2006. www.mla.org.
  • “Foreword,” MLA Style Manual, 3rd Edition. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2008, xi-xx.
  • "Les études de femmes, de genre et de sexualité aux Etats-Unis," La littérature, le xviie siècle et nous: dialogue transatlantique, ed Hélène Merlin-Kajman. Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2008 195-206.
  • “Photaugynography: The Work of Joanne Leonard,” Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels, ed. Michael Chaney Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2011, 200-205.
  • “Top Down, Bottom UP and Horizontally: Resignifying the Universal in Human Rights Discourse,” Theoretical Perspectives on Human Rights and Literature, eds. Elizabeth Goldberg and Ali Schultheis. New York: Routledge, 2011, 65-86; paperback, 2013
  • "Contesting the Exclusive Nation and the Republican Subject: For a New Universalism and Cosmopolitanism,” Keynote address for the conference on The Idea of France, University Of Pittsburgh, November 2011, published in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 2013 17, no. 2, 133-50.

Editorships:

  • “Human Rights and the Humanities,” co-edited with Judith Butler, PMLA, Fall, 2006
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Women’s Studies Quarterly 2005-
  • Member, Editorial Board, Women in French, 2000-
  • Member, Editorial Board, Pedagogy, Duke UP, 1999-
  • Editor, PMLA, l992-l997.
  • Member, Advisory Board, PMLA, 1983-1985
  • Editorial Board, 1985-1987.
  • Associate Editor, Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, a quarterly published by the University of Chicago Press, 1974-1980.

Fellowships and Awards:

  • NEH Grant (5000) to support research and preparation of volume on Gabrielle Suchon and on fairy tales by l7th-century women writers, for Chicago University Press, 2003-4

  • 2000: Recipient, John D’Arms Mentoring Award (mentoring of graduate students), University of Michigan
  • 1997-2002 Program Director of Presidential Initiative Grant on Gender Based Censorship, University of Michigan
  • 1994-1995: Differences Among Women Project, Women's Studies Program, funded by Presidential Initiatives Grant, University of Michigan
  • 1985-l994: Fellow, New York Institute for the Humanities
  • 1978: Ford Foundation Travel and Study Grant

Professional Activites:

  • Elected, Second Vice President, Modern Language Association, 2003, First Vice-President, 2004, President, 2005. Concurrently, Chair Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion, 2004-2005.
  • Member of the Advisory Committee, Center for Social Inclusion, 2005-
  • Member of the Board, Bella Abzug Leadship Institute (Bali), 2005-
  • Member of the Board, Human Rights Watch, 1996-; Chair of Communications Committee; Member of the Campaign Finance Committee; Member, Development Committee; Member of the Executive Committee (-2005); Chair, New York Council (1996-2000); Member, Task Force on Advocacy (2000); Chair, Archives Committee; Member, Policy Committee (2005-); Member joint Columbia/Human Rights Watch Committee on Archives (2005); member LGBT Advisory Board (2004-)
  • Member, Advisory Committee of the Women's Rights Project of Human Rights Watch, 1995-
  • Member of the Board, The National Book Foundation, 1989-97
  • Member, Executive Committee, Division on Seventeenth-Century French Literature, 1985-1989, Chair 1988-1989.
  • Executive Council, Modern Language Association, 1989-1992.