Domna C. Stanton

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Research Interests

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


  • Ph.D.

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 Honnête Homme and the Dandy in 17th- and 19th-Century French Literature, is considered a classic. Her most recent book is Dynamics of Genders in Early Modern France: Women Writ, Women Writing. Her edited volumes include Gabrielle Suchon, A Woman Who Defends All the Persons of Her Sex: Selected Philosophical and Moral Writings; Enchanted Eloquence: Fairy Tales by Seventeenth-Century Women Writers, 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. Her new book project is entitled: The Monarchy, the Nation and its Others: France in the Age of Louis XIV.
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; she is an active member of two advisory committees of the Human Rights Watch, and an officer of the board of Scholars at Risk. She recently completed a position paper on Sex Workers for Planned Parenthood, Western Hemisphere Division. In 2015, Domna Stanton was appointed a commissioner of New York City's Human Rights Commission.