Domna C. Stanton
Position: Distinguished Professor
Program: French
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 817-8386
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
Domna Stanton is a renowned scholar of seventeenth-century and early-modern French studies with an influential feminist perspective. Her first book, The Aristocrat as Art: A Study of the HonnĂȘte Homme and the Dandy in 17th- and 19th-Century French Literature, is considered a classic. Her most recent books are Women Writ, Women Writing: Gendered Discourse and Differences in Seventeenth-Century France and The Nation as Its Others. Her edited volumes include Gabrielle Suchon, A Woman Who Defends All the Persons of Her Sex: Selected Philosophical and Moral Writings; The Defiant Muse: French Feminist Poems from the 12th to the 20th Centuries; The Female Autograph; Discourses of Sexuality from Aristotle to AIDS; and Feminisms in the Academy.
Among her extensive professional accomplishments, Stanton was the first female editor of PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association (MLA); she served as president of the MLA from 2005 to 2006. Previously the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, she received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Professor Stanton is also now teaching and writing on international human rights and is an active member of the board of Human Rights Watch.