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Department of French and Italian
Sylvie Romanowski Faculty

(847) 491-2772
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1880 Campus Drive

Sylvie Romanowski

Sylvie Romanowski(Ph. D., Yale, 1969) specializes in the literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, and is also interested in the field of women's studies. She is the author of L'illusion chez Descartes: la structure du discours cartésien (1974), and Through Strangers' Eyes: Fictional Foreigners in Old Regime France (2005), which contains chapters on Montaigne, Montesquieu, Graffigny, Voltaire, and Claire de Duras. She has also written on Malraux, Cyrano de Bergerac, Molière, Racine, Rousseau, Colette, and Ernaux. She translated Alexander von Humboldt's Essai sur la géographie des plantes (1807) and wrote an essay on a plate accompanying that work, published by the University of Chicago Press (2009). She gave a paper on a play by Maryse Condé, Comme deux frères (2007) for a conference in Montréal on Francophone Theatre in the Americas in 2009. She teaches the literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly novels and theater, from a perspective that combines studying literary form and style and situating these works in their historical, social, and philosophical context. She also teaches writing done by women in the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries from a similar multi-layered perspective. She is a member of the North American Society for French Seventeenth-Century Literature, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Modern Language Association.

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